Electrifying 0.16

With the long weeks of winter coming to an end we’re ready to release our update to bring BeamNG.drive to version 0.16. This release sees several improvements and additions to the game. We are releasing our first fully electric vehicle for BeamNG.drive, the eSBR. In addition to being fitted with an electric drivetrain and battery system it has also been given a major facelift, giving it an appropriately modern look and feel. Our team has had a lot of fun pushing this car to its limits and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Italy is also receiving some additions, as promised when we launched 0.15 in December 2018. We have completed the port area of the main city, added the small coastal village of Portino and improved the appearance of the airport, fortress and castle. Italy is now also dotted with petrol stations and electric charging facilities as well as having several new offroad trails for you to explore. The local residents are also happy to have access to a new hospital and the protection afforded by fire and police stations.

Under the hood the team has continued to optimise several areas of the game. We now have a UI that can render up to 60fps. Optimisations to our physics engine have resulted in performance gains of up to 10%. Combined with improvements to the rendering engine that have reduced stuttering, your driving experience should become a lot smoother.

On the audio side of things, we are releasing support for 5.1 surround sound. The team has also been hard at work to bring scrape effects, transmission whine and a new dynamic muffling parameter into the game to continue the work of making our cars sound as good as they handle. Work on tuning these new effects is still on-going so expect to hear improvements in the coming releases.

This release also includes new and tweaked game scenarios, enhancements to several vehicles and a bunch of bug fixes and quality of life improvements. The full changelog can be found below. We hope you enjoy the results of the team’s hard work and as usual please let us know what you think on the forums!

Highlights

  • New vehicle: Hirochi eSBR
  • Italy improvements
  • Audio improvements

Italy Level

  • The map has received a new hospital, fire and police stations:
  • The castle and fortress have been updated
  • Small trails have been added throughout the map for more offroad fun
  • The airport building and surroundings have been renewed and more detail added
  • Portino village has been added as a new location
  • Petrol stations and electric vehicle charging stations have been added
  • The port area has been updated
  • Some rural areas have had their walls renovated or removed
  • Boats in the water on shores now have animation to rock on the swell
  • Added beach access across the map
  • Added small ports to the two towns by the ocean
  • Added entering/exiting signs to all named locations
  • Added level of detail and collision meshes to several buildings that missed them in the initial release (mainly industrial structures)
  • Improved some object meshes (such as details on trees)
  • Some minor improvements to materials to reduce tiling
  • Fixed various bugs such as floating trees, bushes, signs
  • Fixed some collision meshes that were eating cars and others that missed them entirely
  • Fixed some collision meshes that gave problems
  • Added decal roads on road borders to the small villages
  • Fixed Portino village town base to better fit with terrain
  • Corrected signs directions to cities through the map

Vehicles

  • eSBR: Added new, electric variant of SBR4
  • D/H-Series/Roamer: Added 6.0L diesel V8 and diesel 5spd transmission options to Gavril D-Series pickup, H-Series van, and Roamer
  • Hopper: Added off-road bumpers, bumper mounted spare tire carrier, and rock sliders to “Custom” variant
  • T-Series: Added ‘Heatshield’ sub-part to ‘Exhaust stacks’. Added 4 exhaust variants and 3 heatshield variants. Added ability to install a single exhaust. ‘Exhaust stacks’ are now a sub-part of the engine. Left and right exhausts are now merged for easier tuning
  • Sunburst: Tweaked body shape. Added widebody quarter panels/doors/fenders/bumpers for all AWD models (FWD models are narrowbody)
  • Moonhawk: Tweaked body shape
  • Roamer: Tweaked body shape
  • H-Series: Tweaked body shape
  • Miramar: Tweaked body shape. Moved seating position towards center of car. Adjusted front bumper and air dam so they no longer conflict
  • ETK 800: Tweaked body shape
  • ETK K-Series: Added colourable ‘Sport Trim’ part
  • Box Utility: Revisited textures. Fixed minor UV map issues
  • Covet: Tweaked body shape
  • SBR4: Added new interior skins
  • Added glass weight (200BX, Autobello, Barstow, Bolide, Burnside, Covet, Hopper, Legran, ’88 Pessima, ’98 Pessima, SBR4, Sunburst, other vehicles still WIP). Removing glass from the body now saves weight
  • Added final drive gear ratio parts for all vehicles for more customization potential
  • 200BX: Increased CG height
  • Autobello: Improved exhaust tip rigidity. Reduced likelihood of fuel catching fire
  • Barstow: Improved deformation. Narrowed suspension track width
  • Bolide: Fixed hood wobbling while driving. Added shorter final drive for base model. Added quick ratio race steering
  • Burnside: Improved deformation. Reworked/simplified body mounts. Fixed suspension instability with some wheels. Increased radiator effectiveness
  • Covet: Decreased curb weight by 40kg and increased CG height
  • D/H-Series/Roamer: Added more configurations. Dually wheels converted to actual dual wheel structures. Increased engine crash strength. Reduced rigidity of frame and body/bed attachment to allow more frame flex
  • ETK800/ETK-K: Increased I6 inertia. Reduced engine torque at <1000rpm. Fixed ETK-K not having a transfer case mesh. Changed exhaust tip configuration
  • ETKI: Increased CG height
  • Hopper: Reduced strength of body and frame. Increased spare tire mount rigidity. Improved skid plate structure. Converted steering to use torsionHydro beam. Increased engine inertia
  • LeGran: Fixed rear sport drum brakes showed as disks
  • Miramar: Improved deformation. Increased race engine inertia
  • Moonhawk: Improved deformation. Reworked/simplified body mounts
  • ’98 Pessima: Overhauled/optimized structure. Separated front and rear subframes. Improved deformation
  • Pigeon: Added friction to stabilizer wheels. Improved stabilizer wheels and mounting. Fixed vehicle damaging itself on spawn
  • SBR4: Improved deformation. Added shorter final drive for base model. Reduced engine inertia
  • Semi: Added more configurations. Converted steering to use torsionHydro beam. Fixed front hub mesh stretching in crashes. Fixed axle inter-shaft breaking when the rearmost axle droops
  • Sunburst: Tweaked CVT behavior
  • Reduced wobbliness of intake snorkels
  • Added more peak grip to race tires
  • Converted all vehicle swaybars to use torsionBar beams
  • Use dampCutoffHz in all suspension dampers
  • Changed all vehicle bumpstops to be deformable when landing hard
  • Changed all vehicle bumpstops to use new more accurate positioning method (precompressionRange)
  • Added torsionBar beams to steering arms to improve steering rigidity
  • Minor changes to suspension tuning for all cars
  • Reduced compression stiffness of many tires
  • Changed some part descriptions for better naming consistency across all vehicles
  • Fixed instability with high tire pressure on Ibishu alloy wheels
  • Fixed specular creating errors for German and Italian license plates caused by missing sprite
  • Small fixes to roofrack part textures
  • Tweaked ‘mirror’ material for better visibility
  • Fixed vehicle lights not turning off when they are broken off
  • Fixed ESC/TC not working correctly with vehicles that have more than 4 wheels
  • Improved friction caused engine lock detection
  • Improved combustion engine braking logic
  • Only automatically restart stalled engines if the throttle is pressed
  • Fixed launch control not deactivating correctly in some cases
  • Fixed clutch thermals not being able to be deactivated
  • Changed differential friction to act on input rather than output
  • Improved damping calculation for locked differentials
  • Increased damping in clutches
  • Added input actions for changing ESC modes up and down instead of toggle only
  • Reduced runtime memory allocations of vehicles. This reduces micro-lag spikes
  • Implemented advanced jbeam value merging strategies:
  • -start a jbeam key with $+, $*, $< or $> to enable addition, multiplication min or max instead of outright overwriting a previous value (only works for simple key:value pairs where the value is a number)
    -example: use “$+mainGain”: 10 in a subpart to have an already existing mainGain value from a parent part be increased by 10

  • Reworked ESC/TC logic for an improved TC behavior with AWD and under cornering
  • Adjusted jbeam parsing logic to exclude “information” table from merging strategies
  • Added recuperation logic to the electric motor device
  • Updated automatic vehicle testing to work with multi-engine vehicles
  • Created different motors, batteries and ESC/TC configurations
  • Implemented specific control logic for electric cars that is able to handle any number of motors

Audio

  • Engine and exhaust sounds are now split
  • All new sounds support a dedicated muffling parameter that changes the overall impression of the sound
  • Exhaust muffling is dynamic and changes accordingly when the exhaust breaks or is unequipped
  • Location of the exhaust sound emitter chnanges based on where the actual end of the exhaust is
  • Engine and exhaust sounds now use a dynamic equaliser based on camera position
  • 5.1 surround sound support
  • E-SBR engine sound
  • i4, i6 and v8 Diesel engine sound
  • Implemented scrape audio system
  • Scraping vegetation produces sounds
  • Implemented physics based sequential and manual transmission gear whine logic
  • Improved transmission whine, input/output/reverse, with gearbox rattles for sequential gearboxes. Reverse transmission for manual gearboxes, forwards to come later.
  • New aero sound
  • New engine explode sound
  • New distance attenuation settings for all vehicle related sounds
  • Fixed lag for UI sounds
  • Fixed continuous loop of church bells on Italy map
  • Memory and performance improvements
  • Reworked vehicle interior filter
  • Fixed leaking interior sounds
  • Implemented a simple live tuning app for engine sounds (imgui)
  • Fixed cockpit audio filtering not applying correctly at high driving speeds
  • Upgraded FMod to 1.10.12

Scenarios

  • New Port Gymkhana time trial in Italy
  • Added Tasti-Cola Delivery scenario
  • Added Electric Hypermilling scenario
  • Tweaks and improvements to all of the time trials (Slight layout changes to : Jungle Rock Island Dirt Stage 1, East Coast USA Asphalt Stage 2 and Street Stage 1)
  • Ported Automation Test Track Dam Climb time trial to scenario
  • Fixed “Hustle And Bustle” first mission ending unexpectedly when un-pausing the game
  • Fixed special camera setup for specific campaing scenarios
  • Fixed scenario blacklists failing to exclude actions
  • Fixed UI not working as intended for vehicles without configs like the Cannon
  • Fixed objects leaking during a transition from one scenario directly into another scenario

Physics

  • Physics core optimizations improved performance by up to 10%
  • New implementation of Lua garbage collection managing subsystem of physics core, this reduces micro-lag spikes
  • Optimized CPU and memory usage of physics core’s static collision subsystem
  • Optimized CPU performance of physics core’s raycasting subsystem
  • Improved orchestration of dynamic collision subsystem’s thread scheduling
  • Increased friction on wet asphalt
  • Added scrape sound subsystem into physics core, it filters and aggregates scrape sound events
  • Increased accuracy of physics core object positioning subsystem. This affects positioning accuracy of objects that are far from level’s origin point
  • Wheelspeed data is now calculated at 2000hz, giving much more accurate data
  • Added obj:getGravityVector() function which returns gravity’s vector
  • Added obj:sendRPMLeds function and removed older obj:playRPMLeds function
  • Improved particle emission filter

Game Engine

  • New implementation of Lua garbage collection managing subsystem of game engine (same as in physics core), this reduces micro-lag spikes and could provide up to 5% better framerate
  • Various other performance improvements to the game engine
  • Fixed default user path check failing when it doesn’t exist
  • Fixed FS:findfiles not handling non-standard mounting points
  • Performance graph: Added new custom imgui graphs, json and csv file export ability. Optimizations reduced CPU load by up to 50%
  • Fixed FS:findfiles not handling none standard mounting points
  • Added “getClipboard” function (complementing the existing “setClipboard”)
  • Nodegrabber sphere size can now be tweaked using be.nodeGrabber.renderSize
  • Fixed broken camera system when switching cars after reloading LUA
  • Fixed fully hydrolocked engines not displaying a message on screen

Graphics Engine

  • Preload material permutations to reduce stuttering during gameplay
  • Integrated CEF GPU rendering
  • Fixed direct lighting for translucent materials
  • Fixed render timers used for performance graphs
  • Text render improvements in various vehicle debug modes

User Interface

  • Tweaked road colors in Navigation app for better visibility

Cameras

  • Made “Look Back” instant and “hold” instead of “toggle”
  • Fixed chase camera having incorrect offset when changing vehicles

AI

  • Added save/load functionality to Script AI Manager

World Editor

  • Added “Snap To Terrain” Forest Editor brush
  • Fixed T3d::PathUtils::getUserPath still using defaulting path (may have fixed some issues regarding paths)
  • import/export holeMap, resizable import terrain window, fix export/import terrain flipped Y axis (use only flip if it’s file exported with previous version)
  • Fixed crash when using more than 32 material layers on terrain, added message to not go over the limit of 254 layers
  • Fixed materials texture animation when using Material Editor
  • Fixed hidding of TSStatic and Forest in the Editor
  • Improved integration of Imgui when used from multiple threads

Replay

  • Fixed graphics corruption during replay playback if a vehicle had lost parts and was then reset or recovered
  • Fixed missing replay audio, skidmarks and other details when the computer cannot keep up with the requested playback speed

Input

  • Added player number labels to the Options > Controls > Hardware menu when multiseat is enabled
  • Added input controller identifiers next to multiseat tags
  • Improved default Logitech G920 force feedback settings
  • Slightly more robust force feedback updates

Misc

  • Moved ESC/TC debug apps to imgui
  • Launcher now writes dates in ISO 8601 format (YYYY-MM-DD)
  • Improved banana bench vehicle placement. Vehicles are spawned on the ground level now so they are not slamming down from a height. This has reduced a little bit banana bench scores

Notices

  • Notice to players about recording video when using surround sound:
  • Recording video using a 5.1 setup: Unless your video recorder is capable of 5.1 please make sure that your Windows output settings are set to 2.0 stereo and NOT 5.1 when recording BeamNG.drive gameplay. If you record a video with Windows/BeamNG set to 5.1, the video will just record the FL and FR channel of the 5.1 output, rather than using the downmix of the 5.1 setup.

  • Notice to players about Windows “Game Mode”:
  • Windows 10 ‘Game Mode’ features could cause issues with the game’s UI process. We recommend to disable this feature to avoid possible issues. To disable ‘Game Mode’, press Windows + G while in the game. This opens the game bar. Press the button on the right to disable ‘Game Mode’.

Thanks for reading the full change log 😉

An up to date list of known issues can be found in the dedicated Feedback & Bug Reporting Thread here.
Instructions on how to update the game here.

28 responses to “Electrifying 0.16”

  1. PabloMM says:

    Thanks! 😄

  2. mgc says:

    Very nice.

  3. Trin32 says:

    Holy smokes! You are doing such a good job over there, guys. BeamNG.Drive is better and better every each update. Respect!

  4. KURIL says:

    Мне не понравилось что ETK 800 сделали меньше, а так всё отлично.

  5. Woody says:

    Wow!! Amazing job!!
    But.. pls .. minivans next???

  6. Otto says:

    Did the game stop to load up for anyone else?

  7. Jeremie says:

    guys, I know this is a lot to ask, but beamng in VR would be amazing.

  8. The Extra Mile says:

    Thank you so much for the hard work! Very much appreciated!!

  9. Krallopian says:

    1.) Fixed broken camera system when switching cars after reloading LUA

    2.) Fixed direct lighting for translucent materials

    3.) Fixed graphics corruption during replay playback if a vehicle had lost parts and was then reset or recovered

    4.) Fixed missing replay audio, skidmarks and other details when the computer cannot keep up with the requested playback speed

    5.) Added “Snap To Terrain” Forest Editor brush

    THOSE are updates that make life so much better! Oh and. . all the others too =D

    You guys kick ass.

  10. Viktor says:

    I downloaded, played, cool). Now Steam decided to still download 1.7Gb? New update?

  11. TOYO1515 says:

    It would be nice to have some flat-nose American trucks

  12. Ezah says:

    2 Updates? There was a 1.7Gb Update on Steam today

  13. Bekwennn:) says:

    Не понравилось с ETK 800 потеряла грозный вид с зади, какая то зализанная теперь.

  14. Piastavgo says:

    Guys this update is awesome. It is far beyond anything that I expected. UI at a buttery 60fps, excellent wind sound, great new car sounds, next to no stuttering and most importantly, now the customization and tuning menus have next to no lag so you can tune your cars without the annoying lag/delay of any previous version.
    After 4 years coming out with such a huge update.. Thank you guys.

    Now the biggest thing that sticks out like a shore thumb after all this spit and polish updates are the mirrors.
    In my opinion they should be removed from the dynamic reflections menu and get their own entry on the settings so all the people that don’t have top of the line PCs can finally have working mirrors.

    Currently with a r5 2600 and a 1660ti if I turn on dynamic reflections (low setting) I can’t run at 60fps at all times in a map like Italy and I have a feeling that it is caused mainly by the body reflections and not so much because of the mirrors.

    Please consider doing some investigation for the mirrors and how they could work with minimal performance impact.

  15. Snafou says:

    Excellent patch!
    thank you!

  16. EmizarPL says:

    Can somebody help me? My eSBR4 doesn’t work. I can’t drive it. I totally don know why.

  17. Tom Foolery says:

    Never have I seen a team more devoted to their game and community than BeamNG. Great job.

  18. sam says:

    ttgttuutfitufiiogrcyctyguhij

  19. Hiflyer24 says:

    Great job on the new Hirochi E-SBR I love it!!!!
    I just wish they would put the free camera back the way it was. I think the new one its harder to use. But anyways Other than that Great job!

  20. May78 says:

    Nice update, but It would be nice if the devs would put the free cam back the way it was.

  21. Bigrigman says:

    Yes I agree with hiflyer, I used to like to hit the 1 or end button to quick get to the front of the car, but now it just go there and then back to the back when you let off of the bottom, it kinda annoying.
    But man I hope they keep with this new electric idea, I would love to see a electric truck to.

  22. jack paulin says:

    good mises a jours manque juste a cree un multijoueur sur ce jeu physic sa prendrai pt bcp de temps en cree une mais sa serai bien si qui peuvent le faire comme rigs of rods 🙂

  23. syafi says:

    game is awesome need fix it the hatchback and hopper

  24. H.S.P.digital says:

    The game lacks crossovers such as Honda CR-V, Lexus RX/NX, Ford Kuga. This type of car has become one of the most popular all over the world and it should be in the game. Thank you for your work!!!

  25. Caedan says:

    for some reason my E SBR is throwing an error and i don’t know why

  26. dawiwi26 says:

    how to download this on crack version?

    • Carbohydration's Ghost says:

      You can’t

      Why the hell would the devs, who painstakingly worked on this game for 1000s of hours since 2012, would give up their updates and support to someone who illegally purchased the game because they were too fucking selfish to spend 25 US dollars.

  27. Эдик says:

    топ игра

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