Looks Like Project CARS Is Being Delayed Until 2015
Update: It has now been confirmed that Project CARS has been delayed until 20 March 2015 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
“Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world,” said Ian Bell head of Slightly Mad Studio in a press release regarding the delay. “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.”
There was no mention of the Wii U version of Project CARS.
Highly anticipated sim racer Project CARS is due to be delayed until March 2015, presumably affecting all platforms for the game including PC, PS4, Xbox One and, yes, even Wii U.
The news has been posted on the backer forum – which we don’t actually have access to – but a Reddit post on the Project CARS subreddit alludes to some ‘bad news’. That bad news, judging by the comments in the post, is that the game is being delayed until March 2015.
A couple of posters are also suggesting that a press release is being prepared to send out – and that the news of this should, for the time being, be restricted to the backer forum. Of course the internet doesn’t have a habit of staying quiet.
Update: this is apparently a screencab of the forum post in question. It references only the PC, PS4 and Xbox One versions of Project CARS and cites the decision to delay as being the “other big games” shipping around the same time and a desire to fix issues and polish the game some more.
We’ve got in touch with the Bandai Namco PR – who is handling distribution of the game – but it sounds like the delay will be made official very soon. We’ll update with more once we hear for certain.
With the launch of so many racing games this busy season, not to mention numerous heavy hitters in the form of Assassin’s Creed, Call Of Duty et al – Project CARS would be better positioned to sell well in early 2015 where the competition isn’t quite so thick.
The Wii U version had already been delayed to an unspecified date next year – so it’s not clear how this will be affected by the decision to delay.
Thanks to our mate @Jimster71 for the heads-up.