Assetto Corsa Mobile was seen for the very first time as part of the LaunchPad stream for mobile games by PocketGamer on Twitch earlier today.
Up until now, details had been thin on the ground, but now we have seen the game in action – a spin-off title developed by Digital Tales.
We would never expect a console or PC level graphical experience on mobile, but from this early gameplay using an Alfa Romeo MiTo around Italian circuit Vallelunga, the detail is rather impressive for a handheld title, utilising licenced and recognisable vehicles and the option of a detailed cockpit camera.
As with all mobile games, we’ll have to try it hands-on to see how well the controls work, but it looks as if you press and hold part of the screen to brake and/or accelerate, and then gently drag your thumb on the screen atop of a wheel graphic to turn.
It was played live during the stream, James Gilmour of Pocket Gamer steered with his left thumb, and then tapped the right side of the screen to brake, while the game auto-accelerated in what was titled as a ‘drag option’. Tilt controls will also be an option, presumably allowing you to control both the acceleration and braking alongside tap-to-steer too.
In terms of modes, there will be free practice and a career – plus the ‘Scuderia’ area where you upgrade your vehicles. Upgrades are a large part of mobile games, so we’re eager to see how this is handled here.
Tracks sown were: Imola, Barcelona –GP, Brands Hatch GP, Red Bull Ring GP, Mugello, SIlverstone GP, Vallelunga, Zandvoort and Laguna Seca.
I think we’re all relieved that this isn’t just another CSR Racing 2 drag clone.
From this early demonstration, 10 cars in total were on the track, and it was discussed that the team is aiming to carry across sounds from its bigger gaming relatives plus rain was also present.
So yes. It’s a mobile game version of Assetto Corsa. BUT, if this means more people getting into the series and it succeeds in offering a slightly more serious experience on the go, that can only be a good thing.
The game release on 31st August 2021, which is just a few weeks away.