I realise this is half suggestion, but i also wanted to have a general discussion about this, hence the place.
So, the thing i want to talk about, is the penalties you get with older cars. Although i agree with this, i also disagree, for 3 reasons:
1- Yes, the car might be old, but can’t your company re-do the chassis and model itself to “update” it? Take for example the Ford GT and the GT40, they’re basically the same, and yet, the new one is a normal new car, it just has an old body that was updated. So why must we get penalty for using an old body, if the it’s completely revamped? Another example are Morgan cars.
2- Although it might be a feature to add realism (because as we know, old cars are SHIT when it comes to safety), there is a slight problem with that: there aren’t enough body types. If you’re doing a car company for 2015, you have like, 2 or 3 hatchbacks, 2 mid engines, 1 coupe (possibly 2), and so on, you get the point. The SUVs are the worst, because there is just 1. If you want to do different types of SUVs, too bad. Now sure, you can always ignore the penalties, but i find it a bit… saddening that you do a car with great specs and price, and people will shrug it off because it’s an old body, making cars, basically the same for 1 time period when it COULD not be.
PS: Not blaming the lack of body types, i know and agree that that isn’t a priority, or even something worthwhile to focus on at this stage.
3- Old bodies have popularity penalties. Again, i disagree with this. Would you turn down a car that looked like the original Dodge Charger? Or Mustang? Maybe some of you would, but it doesn’t mean that it should give a flat, or that high, penalty (in my honest opinion). I bring again the example of the GT40.
So what i’m suggesting, or would like a discussion about, is an option, that toggles on or off the penalties of any kind, be it safety or just old bodies, for the sandbox area, based on the 3 points i explained above.
Agree? Disagree? Would you think it’s viable? I’m getting rather tired of always using the same body types, but i don’t want to have to resort to the 70s for cars when technologically speaking they were so much inferior to today