It hasn’t even been a month since Slightly Mad Studios’ Project CARS hit shelves, but the studio announced the development of and crowdfunding campaign for the sequel, Project CARS 2.
The game doesn’t have a goal for its crowdfunding campaign or a release window of any kind set, however. As Kotaku notes, fans are not happy about the announcement. The only difference between Project CARS and other franchises getting sequels this year, though, is that developer Slightly Mad Studios is being honest with its fanbase. Once a game is finished, the majority of the team moves onto the next project while smaller part works on patches and DLC.
Crowdfunding was an integral part of the original’s success, so it makes sense that the team would want to keep that train moving instead of letting it run out of steam. It’s very likely that the game is another 14 months away or more, though we won’t know for sure until Slightly Mad Studios is ready to say.
The features they’re looking to bring into the sequel include off-road racing, cooperative play, and eSports:
- The Largest Track Roster Ever – 50 unique locations and 200+ courses including ‘loose surface racing’ on dirt, gravel, mud, and snow. All will have dynamic time of day and weather allowing you to play any time, anywhere
- The Widest Variety of Motorsports – with 8 different disciplines now including Rallycross, Hillclimbs, and Touge. 200+ cars from over 40 different vehicle classes including never-before-seen Concepts and Banned Race Cars
- Co-op Career – Play as the Teammate Driver, Spotter, Driver Swap, or Co-Pilot. More choices, more opportunities, more strategy, greater risks and greater rewards
- Seamlessly Connected – Socialize and compete via Online Track Days, have players from around the world take the place of AI-controlled drivers in your solo play, and get news updates on the Driver Network around you
- Pro Esports Racing – Skill & Behavioural-based matchmaking, create your own Online Racing Leagues, and Live Broadcast and Spectator functionality
- Your Home for Racing – Your own personal, customisable Test Track to tune and test your cars. Invite others to showcase your passion for racing and learn race craft and engineering with the Project CARS Academy
When Project CARS 2 does release, it’ll hit PC, PlayStation 4, SteamOS and Xbox One.