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Everything you need to know about BeamNG.drive

We cover everything you need to know about the physics-based sandbox driving sim BeamNG.drive, available now on Steam Early Access.

BeamNG.drive, developed and published by BeamNG GmbH, was originally released as a tech demo in 2013 and moved to Steam Early Access in 2015. As of September 22nd the game is at version 0.26.1 and generally receives all major updates for three months or so.

The game impresses fans with its sophisticated damage model and has garnered a huge following thanks to its popularity among streamers and video creators, which helps highlight the game’s advanced physics.

What is BeamNG.drive?

BeamNG.drive is a free-form driving sim with a soft body physics model that generates realistic damage and vehicle dynamics. BeamNG.drive offers hundreds of fun driving missions and challenges with a level of customization that allows players to let their imaginations run wild and create their own driving scenarios.

Everything you need to know about BeamNG.drive

What does “BeamNG.drive” mean?

“Beam” refers to the way the game’s crash physics works. Two mass nodes are connected by a horizontal bar. These beams transmit and store energy and can expand and contract due to the forces acting on them and have spring, dampening and rebound properties.

“NG.drive” refers to “Next Generation Driving” and hints at the game’s bold approach to simulating vehicle physics. The way the thousands of beams and mass nodes in each car work together creates the fabulous crash physics that make BeamNG.drive one of the most popular driving games on PC.

Is BeamNG.drive multiplayer?

No, BeamNG.drive does not support multiplayer natively. However, unofficial multiplayer mods are available, but the experience will slow down as more players join.

Does BeamNG.drive have a career mode?

Yes, BeamNG.drive now (as of September 19, 2022) has an early preview of its career mode. You can access it by clicking the grayed out “Career” button in BeamNG.drive’s main menu six times in a row. However, it is by no means a clear representation of the finished product and is likely to change in the future.

Everything you need to know about BeamNG.drive

Can you use mods in BeamNG.drive?

Yes, you can use mods in BeamNG.drive. BeamNG.com has a repository of developer-approved mods that are available for free download. This includes additional cars, maps, scenarios and sounds.

Where can I buy BeamNG.drive?

BeamNG.drive can be purchased for PC from the Steam Store.

Is BeamNG.drive available on Xbox or PlayStation?

BeamNG.drive is not available on Xbox, PlayStation or Nintendo Switch. BeamNG.drive is currently only available for Windows PC.

Why is BeamNG.drive so popular?

BeamNG.drive is popular for its superlative physics model and soft-body collisions. This translates very well to YouTuber streams, which generate a lot of interest and entertainment.

Everything you need to know about BeamNG.drive

Can I create my own stunts in BeamNG.drive?

Yes, BeamNG.drive has an integrated world editor that allows players to edit and place objects, AI paths, terrain and other parameters. Simple stunts like jumping with ramps and parked cars can be created quickly and easily.

Does BeamNG.drive have licensed cars and tracks?

No, BeamNG.drive does not offer licensed cars and tracks.

Do I need automation to play BeamNG.drive?

You don’t need automation to play BeamNG.drive. However, you can create vehicles in Automation and export them to BeamNG.drive.

How much does BeamNG.drive cost?

BeamNG.drive can be purchased from the Steam Store for £19.49/€20.99/$24.99 (prices as of 27 September 2022).

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