Project Cars may have faced its share of problems on the road to release, including some high profile delays, but the commercial launch of the game impressed those who played it. The title wowed gamers with its incredibly realistic driving mechanics, giving speed freaks after a true racing simulation one of the most in-depth racers to date. All in all, the release of the title could be considered a triumph by developer Slightly Mad Studios.
There was, however, a gap in the Project Cars line-up, with a previously mentioned Wii U port noticeably absent from proceedings. The game’s developer bit the bullet and eventually discussed the lack of a Wii U release, stating that Project Cars was having difficulty keeping up at 720p resolution, and struggling at 23 frames per second. To make matters worse, studio head Ian Bell revealed that Slightly Mad Studios was even considering skipping the Wii U altogether.
Now, the worst fear of Wii U players looking forward to Project Cars has come true. Speaking with Nintendo Life, Ian Bell has once again discussed the Wii U port of the game, and finally gave the bad news that Nintendo racing game aficionados were dreading. The studio head admitted that the game would not be seeing a release on Nintendo’s home console.
Unfortunately, it looks as though Slightly Mad Studios has been unable to get the game to work at an acceptable level on the Wii U. Bell explained that Project Cars is “simply too much for the Wii U” at this moment in time. Given the age of the console, and the wide gap in sheer power between the Wii U and competitors such as the PS4 and Xbox One, it was always going to be a struggle for the port to see the light of day.
There is still a ray of hope for Nintendo fans wanting to play Project Cars, however – although not in the form of a Wii U release. Bell has previously mentioned that the game could see an eventual release on Nintendo’s next home console, which is currently codenamed the Nintendo NX. This was once again reiterated by Bell, revealing that “the official line is that we’re awaiting an announcement from Nintendo on new hardware.”
Even so, the news is bound to be disappointing for Wii U owners, particularly when the game was funded by the gaming community. Nintendo fans may have more luck with future releases in the Project Cars series – after all, Slightly Mad has already revealed that the game is set to have a sequel. Who knows, perhaps it will be Project Cars 2 that eventually sees a full cross-platform release.
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