Racing and driving games are supposed to be all about speed, but it seems like most of them are having trouble arriving on time lately. Driveclub arrived 11 months late, The Crew ended up delayed by a month and now Bandai Namco has announced that Project Cars is set to release in March 2015.
There are a couple reasons behind the decision, according to the developer, Slightly Mad Studios.
“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,” said studio head Ian Bell.
The game had been previously set to release on Nov. 21, but with two big platform-exclusive racing games already on shelves, the market is pretty crowded right now. November is also as crowded as a gamer could hope for with Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, Dragon Age and Call of Duty all getting sequels and Grand Theft Auto V getting a remastered release. While it’s disappointing to have to wait an extra five months, it might give the game a better chance of flourishing and turning into a franchise instead of an also-ran in an oversaturated market.
Project Cars will release on March 17 in the U.S. and March 20 in Europe on PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One.