BeamNG.drive

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BeamNG.drive
BeamNG.drive logo.svg
Developer(s)BeamNG GmbH
Publisher(s)BeamNG GmbH
Composer(s)Gabe Fink, Mark Knight
EngineTorque
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Release
Genre(s)Vehicle simulation
Mode(s)

BeamNG.drive is an open-world vehicle simulation video game developed and published by Bremen-based video game developer BeamNG GmbH. The game features soft-body physics, which simulates realistic damage to vehicles.[1] The game was released into Steam Early Access for Microsoft Windows on 29 May 2015.

Development[edit]

In 2011, some Rigs of Rods developers gathered to improve upon the open source software with a new product.[2]

On 28 May 2012, BeamNG released a YouTube video titled "Revolutionary soft-body physics in CryEngine3".[3] Originally, BeamNG.drive was to be based on CryEngine 3, but its use in a driving game uncovered numerous bugs, leading development to be rolled over to Torque.[4]

BeamNG's website, beamng.com, was opened on 8 May 2012 to deliver news of their development of the simulator.[5]

The game was placed on an open vote on Steam Greenlight on 12 February 2014[6] and was greenlit eight days later.[7]

On 29 May 2015, the game was released to Steam Early Access.[8]

On 15 June 2018, BeamNG announced a partnership with Camshaft Software, with the addition of an exporter feature to Automation, Camshaft's car company tycoon game. This allows players to export vehicles made within Automation as fully driveable vehicles in BeamNG.drive.[9]

Gameplay[edit]

BeamNG.drive features six modes:

  • Scenarios, which are missions that vary in complexity, difficulty, and goals;
  • Campaigns, which are collections of small scenarios pertaining to specific themes;
  • Freeroam, where the player can drive (or crash) several different vehicles in an environment of choice;
  • Time Trials, where the player selects the vehicle, the map, the course, and aims for the best time;
  • Bus Routes, which puts the player behind the wheel of a bus, shuttling passengers along a specific route;
  • Light Runner, which is essentially a time trial, but in a setting reminiscent of Tron; and
  • Track Builder, where players can piece together and drive on modular tracks. The track-building program is not restricted to this mode and can be launched in Freeroam in any environment.

The game implements soft-body physics to control both vehicle dynamics and collisions between objects and vehicles.[10][11][12]

Physics[edit]

BeamNG.drive uses a real-time soft-body physics structure to simulate its vehicles. Algorithms have been written for the physics equations to be carried out.[13] It relies heavily on coding in Lua, and uses packets of local data using the Lua network system while the game is running. The game's engine constantly calculates physics equations and problems in real-time during gameplay.

Vehicles in the game consist of a soft-body node-beam structure similar to those in Rigs of Rods. The physics engine simulates a network of interconnected nodes and beams, which combine to form an invisible skeleton of a vehicle with realistic weights and masses. In terms of soft-body physics, vehicles realistically flex and deform as stresses to the skeleton, such as impacts from collisions, are applied.[14]

Reception[edit]

Jack Stewart of BBC mentioned that BeamNG.drive "has received interest from the film industry to model vehicle stunts, so that they can be prototyped and tested exhaustively – but cheaply – before a stunt driver smashes up a car on set."[12] Polygon's Nick Robinson lauded the game's simulated physics and user-created content support, leading him to create a 38-episode video series for Polygon, "Car Boys", in which he and Griffin McElroy spotlighted new BeamNG.drive content each week.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BeamNG.drive – BeamNG". Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  2. ^ https://www.ign.com/articles/2012/10/01/the-most-impressive-physics-engine-youve-never-seen, 'In October 2011 the Rigs of Rods team decided the potential for the sort of soft-body physics on show in their game was too great to ignore.', retrieved January 12, 2020
  3. ^ Reilly, Luke (30 September 2012). "The Most Impressive Physics Engine You've Never Seen". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  4. ^ "BeamNG and Torque3D". BeamNG. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  5. ^ "new website". BeamNG. 8 May 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  6. ^ Savage, Phil (13 February 2014). "BeamNG.drive crashes onto Steam Greenlight". PC Gamer. Future US. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  7. ^ "We have been greenlit!". BeamNG. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Steam Early Access release". BeamNG. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Announcing Automation & BeamNG.drive collaboration!". BeamNG. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  10. ^ Reilly, Luke (7 August 2013). "Finally, BeamNG's Soft-Body Physics Are Available to the Public". IGN. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  11. ^ Futter, Mike (5 August 2013). "BeamNG's Amazingly Realistic Car Crashes". Game Informer. GameStop. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  12. ^ a b Stewart, Jack (3 July 2014). "Video-game wrecks get real". BBC. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  13. ^ Stamatogiannakis, Lefteris (12 June 2014). "A faster selection algorithm". BeamNG. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  14. ^ Fischer, Thomas (5 August 2013). "BeamNG DRIVE alpha release". GarageGames. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  15. ^ Feldman, Brian. "Car Boys, the Hilarious and Terrifying Car-Crash Series, Is the Best Show".
  16. ^ Orlove, Raphael. "There Is Only One YouTube Channel Worth Watching And It's Car Boys".

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