Project Cars 2  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Project Cars 2  RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Project CARS canceled on Wii U; "too much for the Wii U" Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:43:52 -0400 Courtney Gamache

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. 

Head of Project CARS: "We really dislike Nintendo users" Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:57:48 -0400 Ford James

Project CARS, the recently released racing game by Slightly Mad Studios, has come under some scrutiny from the community lately due to the persisting bugs and problems users are experiencing in the game since launch, with no sign of any fixes. But now fans are even angrier, as it looks like the game won't be released on the Wii U. 

One of the promised features during the game's crowdfunding campaign on World of Mass Development was that a Wii U port would eventually appear alongside its PC, PS4, and Xbox One companions.

However, Slightly Mad announced back on May 27th that the Wii U version of Project CARS is on an 'indefinite hiatus' with Studio Head Ian Bell saying:

"We still haven't given up on Wii U 100 percent, but if we can't make it work, we will move to the next Nintendo machine."

That's a very different stance to what they promised during their crowdfunding campaign, however /u/ThyGrimOfDeath over on the subreddit /r/GamerNews has discovered a forum post from Ian Bell.

Unfortunately, I think it's safe to say that Nintendo users won't be seeing Project CARS for a while.

Slightly Mad also announced a few days ago that work on Project CARS 2 has already started, and they will be utilizing their crowdfunding platform, WMD, once again. You can find everything about that here.

Project CARS 2 announced, receives backlash from community Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:46:48 -0400 Ford James

Project CARS 2, the sequel to the recently released Project CARS has been announced by Slightly Mad Studios.

They have announced Project CARS 2 will be funded the same way as the original was: crowdfunding. They’ve opted to use their own crowdfunding platform, World of Mass Development, instead of more popular platforms such as Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

Project CARS was the highest funded project to use the WMD platform, receiving $3,142,808, only slightly surpassing their goal of $3,108,600.

On Facebook and Twitter, the backlash to the news has been rather strong and seemingly justified.

Project CARS released just over a month ago on May 7th and has been ridden with problems since the release.

Broken AI, unfinished features, and game-breaking bugs are just a few of the complaints strewn across the review section on Steam. Slightly Mad’s blog post and tweet evoked similar responses:

There’s no release date for Project CARS 2 yet, not even a date for the launch of their WMD project. Nevertheless, I can’t help but feel Slightly Mad have jumped the gun a little by announcing the sequel so soon.