Obviously I am excited about the official vehicle mod support, and I was happy to read that it will be integrated into the website, server and client infrastructure.
My heart sunk for a minute when I read that support for "self-hosted" servers and LAN games will dropped in the upcoming version. But I fully understand the reasoning behind it, and providing free centrally hosted servers is a fair compromise.
Awesome that the things I asked beginning to become reality. I'm ready to create mods!
But I have some questions.
1. For example, if I made an obvious model Nissan S13 according to the blueprints, I will not add the logos and nameplates. Сan you accept such a model? Does it fit the criteria for not using real cars? Maybe you need to somehow change the geometry of the model?
For example here is Nissan SilEighty which is a real fan modification of Nissan 180SX (rear) and Nissan S13 (front) which has never been released in the factory. No car names or logos, images are attached. Сan you accept this?
2. In LX4 we have a configuration that allows adding the roof. Сan we do something similar? For example dozens of additional modifications, with a spoiler, without a spoiler, different rims, different sets of body kits, etc? Will there be any limit? Not considering the limit of the triangles and vertices.
3. On cars with wheels protruding from the body, you can see how the suspension works. I think it is possible based on this make a more detailed version of the suspension with springs, struts, and shock absorbers that will also work. I'm wrong?
The hosting will not be for free, but as Scawen said it will be a quarter of the current lfs hosting price and that is for sure much cheaper than any of the current alternative host providers, which is great.
He said that it will be free for simpler servers, like when you dont need much insim, 24/7 uptime, etc. If you want full insim, 24/7 uptime, the ability to save MPRs, layouts, etc, you will need to pay
Talking out of my a$$ but I think there will be a button ,, Mods '' or something. No 3d models for addons (ex. like spoilers ) since you have to create them by yourself or buy them / use free 3d models with the permission of the creators of the obj.
That's an interesting idea... The vehicle modeller allows people to import/export subobjects as files, so it would be nice to have a shared repository of various parts that people have created and which can be freely reused. But I guess it's not a high priority at the moment.
We are really worried about this if we have to rent server for live for speed in the future. We have here in finland really high quality hosting server where our players can have 0 ping! Our GRIP Masters and SLADI Masters servers are the one off the best in the LFS Public server list and now we are afraid that we have to use in future laggy grappy servers! Give us channge to use high quality servers where players with good connections can have the best possible ping.