Through the lens of a high quality racing game we can learn a lot about the machines that it runs on. For example, before its many delays and a botched launch, PS4 exclusive DriveClub was meant to show off the console’s visual prowess and demonstrate how the new and improved DualShock controller could aid with vehicular handling.
Similarly, Project Cars also looked to showcase the same things with a planned release on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Wii U. Its graphical fidelity was so impressive that gameplay footage taken from races made plenty of viewers wonder if the captured footage was real and not from a game at all.
But, with an attention to detail that Kazunori Yamauchi would be proud of, Project Cars‘ developer Slightly Mad Studios may have set their ambitions too high. As a result the game is going back into the garage for a little bit and has now been delayed until next year.
After Internet whisperings became unavoidable chatter (thanks to a leaked message to Project Cars‘ crowdfunding backers) Slightly Mad’s development director Ian Bell released a statement through Namco Bandai, Project Cars‘ publisher.
“Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world; something with features and content powered by the community that provide a truly unforgettable and pioneering experience.
Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both ourselves and our community demand and expect. We’re eager for you all to see what we’ve been working on in just a few months.”
Understandably, the many backers of Project Cars (who helped the game become one of the most successful crowdfunded projects of all time) will be miffed. However, at a time when fellow racing titles Forza Horizon 2 and DriveClub are all having rocky launches (the latter is still plagued with problems), it could prove to be the right decision further down the line.
Furthermore, some backers may also welcome the release date change as the Slightly Mad’s crowdfunding system entitles them to a portion of the game’s revenue. A move to a distinctly racer-less window will surely give it “the greatest chance of success”, as Bell notes in that statement.
And, outside of Project Cars’ backers, plenty of racing fans will be frustrated with more issues in the genre. F1 2014 was only released on last-gen, The Crew was delayed to November, Need for Speed has been absent for 2014 altogether and Gran Turismo 7 will now be released in ‘2015 or 2016’ despite once being pencilled in for 2014 too.
So although Project Cars is another casualty on the ‘delayed games’ list, let’s hope its devs make good use of the extra time.
Project Cars will be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on March 20th, 2015. (There was no mention of the Wii U version in the statement).