It’s been a little while since we last got a developer update on Automation, but I think that we’ll be able to forgive them in this case because coming up are some of the most important changes yet made to the software. In an admirable display of self-advancement, they decided that they just weren’t happy with the underlying foundation of the software. Forced Induction is planned, but if the engine calculations aren’t correct that would just be multiplying the misery.
So what did they do? For starters, all stats have been recalculated. Everything from horsepower to loudness has been tweaked and improved. As noted in the video, there’s “a lot more awesome” involved in those calculations. Some extra calculations have been thrown in there too, including the one that engineers spend a huge amount of time on: Brake Specific Fuel Consumption, or BSFC, which is essentially a measure of fuel consumption at a given power. This is one of the metrics that can universally compare all engines, so it’s very cool to see it added to Automation.
What else? Well, inline-6′s are due to arrive soon–check it out sitting pretty in the brand new engine design room in the video. There’s also an upgraded UI on the way, with color-coding added and certain tweaks made, like real AFR and the replacement of “Build Year” with “Quality”.
With the new engine calculations in place, Forced Induction is right around the corner. Right now naturally aspirated inline-4′s are available, and if you preorder, you can also build V8′s!
One last thing: vote for Automation on Steam Greenlight! Help bring this unique game into the mainstream; more followers, more interest, and more money toward this project can only be beneficial. If you like Automation, get on Greenlight, cast your vote, and then tell your friends to do the same!