Project CARS canceled on Wii U; "too much for the Wii U"

Project CARS has been cancelled on the Wii U due to hardware limitations that weren't foreseen. Meanwhile, campaign to fund Project CARS 2 has begun.

The motor-sport simulation game Project CARS developed by Slightly Mad Studios and distributed by Bandai Namco Games, was set to release on the Wii U but has been cancelled due to the hardware limitations that the arose with Nintendo's console.

Details on Project CARS

Project CARS released on May 7th, 2015 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. To broaden their reach among all the next-gen consoles, the developers were working on a Wii U release that has been unfortunately abandoned due to the intense features in the game that can't be supported by the Wii U. Specifically frames-per-second is the main issue.

"The official line is that we're awaiting an announcement from Nintendo on new hardware." - Ian Bell, head of Slightly Mad Studios

Slightly Mad Studios is waiting on news from Nintendo, particularly on what type of new hardware they have in mind. In the event that the Wii U edition is not available, the backers who crowdfunded this game won't be distraught, as the Wii U edition was always listed as a "maybe".

Slightly Mad Studies was hoping that during this year's E3 Nintendo would announce hardware updates so Project CARS could be released on the Wii U. As E3 has passed, no new information on Nintendo's hardware has been announced, so the Wii U edition is looking very impossible.

Bandai Namco's Statement Confirming Reasoning

"We eagerly look forward to any announcement of further hardware from Nintendo but right now Project CARS is simply too much for Wii U despite our very best efforts. Apologies to our Nintendo fans out there that have been waiting for further news on this but have no desire to release a product that isn't at the very least comparable with our highest-rated versions on other platforms. We optimistically look forward therefore to what the future may hold." - Bandai Namco

Heading for a Sequel

Although Project CARS just released this past May, Slightly Mad Studios has started launching their crowdfunding campaign for a sequel. The sequel has no significant information currently except they hope to include a cooperative career mode, more race tracks, broadcasting methods, and lastly customizable test tracks. These might seem like wonderful features, but for them to become a reality they're looking to raise $10.7 million. 

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Published Jul. 21st 2015

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