Slightly Mad Studios’ ambitious multiplatform racer Project CARS has been delayed once more.
Originally set for a November release, the game was delayed shortly before release into March, kicking it out of the holiday release cycle. This seemed like a good thing in a season packed with Forza Horizon 2, Driveclub, and The Crew. Then the team showed off a trailer for the game in January sans release date, leading us to believe the game would shortly be delayed again. Indeed, it was pushed into April shortly after.
Here’s what Slightly Mad Studios’ Ian Bell had to say about the choice to push it back once again:
Despite our long heritage and pedigree in making critically-acclaimed racing games, Project CARS is by far the grandest and most intricately detailed of them all. Despite therefore the game being 99.9% complete, the remaining 0.1% attending to small issues and bugs has been tricky to anticipate. We’re absolutely dedicated to delivering a ground-breaking experience and by targeting mid-May fans can be assured that’s what they’ll receive. Again, we want to thank our fans for their support and patience on this matter. There’s a high expectancy from racing fans around the world that Project CARS is going to be an exciting new contender in the simulation racing space and we firmly believe gamers deserve it to be in its most complete and polished state when they come to play it on day one. And since the gaming community is our primary focus and has always been at the heart of the project during development, we would like to offer some free content to all players as compensation for this short delay and as acknowledgement of how grateful we are. This gift, that we’re sure is going to excite fans, will be available from day one and revealed shortly. Keep an eye on our website for more info.
One thing to note in that statement is the lack of a specific date. The team is still hedging their bets, it sounds like, and not entirely ruling out another delay. As frustrating as it is, waiting for a working game is better than a broken game now. With Forza Motorsport 6 set for fall, Project CARS will want to get their game out early enough that they’ll avoid being swept up in hype for that despite it only coming to one platform – Xbox One – compared to Project CARS‘ three primary platforms.
Assuming the game does make the mid-May timeframe, we can look forward to Project CARS hitting PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in a couple months. It will hit the Wii U and SteamOS later.