The above sight may be familiar to our Online Multiplayer regulars - a see-through car that can sometimes move about in supernatural ways. We call these cars "Ghosts". These cars become a Ghost so then they do not crash into you, and ruin your own race.
An opponent's car becomes a Ghost in your Online Multiplayer game when they are experiencing an issue with their Internet connection to the server, such as another person in their house streaming Netflix or Youtube, or if they're sitting far away from their Wireless Router.
Cars can only become a Ghost in your Online Multiplayer race if our servers detect an issue with their connection - you, or other players cannot select this as an option.
Sometimes when a car becomes a Ghost, it may behave erratically - sometimes appearing to jump ahead by a considerable distance. This means your game had not received data about your opponent's place in the race for some time, and then received a new update, which moves the vehicle to the correct position on the track.
If you play with TSM Avatars Enabled (you can find this in your Display menu in Settings), you will also see a Red icon next to their name above their car, shown below.
If everybody in your race is a Ghost, this is likely because there is an issue with your own Internet connection. If this is happening, consider the some of the following while you are playing online:
- Are you on a 3G/4G Mobile Connection?
- Are you or anybody else sharing your Internet connection?
- Are you or anybody else streaming or downloading videos?
If you've answered yes to any of the above, it may be worth attempting to play at home on a WiFi connection, or kick your friend/relative/neighbor off your WiFi to see if your online opponents return to their non-ghosted state.
The above three questions are by no means an exhaustive list of what can go wrong, however they are some of the more common issues that you may experience on your own Internet connection.
For more information on Online Multiplayer, take a look at this article here.