rFactor 2’s network code to be rewritten over the coming months

The ‘network code’ for rFactor 2 is slated to be rewritten over the next few months following an investigation stemming from issues that arose in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.
24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual: Verstappen vs Baldwin and red flags in dramatic opening

Studio 397 aims to improve rFactor 2 in response to the fallout from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual

An update to the initial statement following the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual was shared on social media Friday (27th January) regarding the red flag periods that stemmed from server and network issues, as well as the handful of random disconnects that ultimately took the #1 Team Redline LMP out of contention.

In a news posting on the Studio 397 website following the aftermath of the event, Studio 397’s Paul Jeffrey originally posted that the team behind rFactor 2 would be “launching an investigation” into why certain events occurred.

2023 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual - Full race results
The #2 Team Redline LMP was the winner of the 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, taking the lead after their teammates in the #1 Team Redline LMP was disconnected from the server.

The investigation would look at the red flag stoppages that stemmed from the alleged sharing of IP addresses, as well as the random disconnects that affected many teams, including both eventual class champions, but most notably and publicly, the two-time Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen.

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On the first part of the investigation with the red flag periods during the first half of the event, the investigation update had this to say:

“We are aware that the IP addresses of the servers were inadvertently made public, and we observed unusual levels of traffic during the event, combined with logging of some concerning events taking place during this period. We are not aware of a malicious attack, but will be implementing new procedures to ensure that in future our servers are robustly defended. The use of direct IP addresses for access to multiplayer sessions is clearly not an ideal solution, and we take full responsibility for any inadvertent distribution to non-participants – we are actively working on new processes to allow only permitted users and prevent similar issues in the future.”

2023 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual Statement – 27.01.2023 update
24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race start, 2023
The 2023 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual had 45 teams of four drivers in the field, essentially 180 drivers would need to connect to the server compete, plus any race stewards and broadcast partners.

As for the part that ultimately affected the outcome of the race, as the #1 Team Redline LMP was unable to get any laps back due to the sporting regulations that state that “four (4) or more drivers” would need to disconnect for there to be any, this is what the update stated regarding that:

“Additionally, the four instances of spontaneous multiple disconnects that occurred during the race were highly unusual and have only been seen once before in competition. Whilst we have made significant improvements and bug fixes to the multiplayer code of the game in recent years, we are clearly still experiencing problems with legacy low-level networking code. Naturally, this is an unacceptable situation for any multiplayer environment, and we are committed to rewriting this code over the coming months to ensure a better experience for all players.”

2023 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual Statement – 27.01.2023 update

The commitment to making multiplayer a better experience is admirable, but it doesn’t change the fact that it happened at such a high level and left such a sour taste in many mouths following the event. Many in the sim racing sphere on social media were highly critical of the event in general, and rightfully so.

Max Verstappen 24 Hours of le Mans virtual disconnect
Both the #1 LMP and #20 LMP suffered disconnects. The #20 was able to get laps back because four or more cars also disconnected at the same time that they did. The #1 of Max Verstappen only fell with one other team, and thus was ineligible per the sporting regulations to receive any laps back.

If a reworked code means that a better experience is attainable, this should hopefully lead to a more acceptable sim racing atmosphere on the rFactor 2 platform that will hopefully allow for future top level competitions to succeed with less controversy like we’ve seen from the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual.

Granted, the big race ran without a hitch at the beginning of 2022 with the same amount of entrants and surrounding hype, so it really is still unclear as to what specifically caused things to self destruct in the 2023 running. Regardless, we’ll keep a lookout for these changes over the next few months.

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