Project CARS 2 revealed, coming in late 2017

Samit Sarkar

Start your engines The sequel to 2015’s Project CARS, the “community-assisted racing simulator” from Slightly Mad Studios, is in development on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One for release in late 2017, publisher Bandai Namco announced today. Known as Project CARS 2, the game will offer more than 60 tracks and 170 cars to race on them. Its first trailer and screenshots (see below) focus on powerhouses like the Acura NSX, Nissan GT-R GT3 and McLaren 650S GT3, and courses such as the Fuji Speedway and the famous street circuit in Long Beach, California.

Project CARS 2 will be playable in 12K resolution — three 4K monitors side by side for a panoramic view — but if that’s not immersive enough for you, the game will also support virtual reality headsets. Weather is another feature that’s getting a major upgrade in Project CARS 2, according to Slightly Mad. The developers are expanding on the original game’s challenging rainy racing with wintry conditions — snow and ice — as well as rally racing on dirt and mud.

Thanks to technology that Slightly Mad dubs “Livetrack 3. 0,” the sequel will offer a real-time weather simulation that will have an impact on the track surface, as well as dynamic time-of-day and seasonal effects. “Our collective goal at Slightly Mad Studios is to create a simulation racing experience that rivals that of real-life,” said Stephen Viljoen, game director on Project CARS 2, in a news release.

“Realism and authenticity are central to our development mantra for Project CARS 2, hence we’re making sure we employ the best professional drivers, game developers, artists, and sound engineers to realize our vision for a game that takes players on the ultimate driver journey. ” Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad are treating today’s news as the initial reveal of the game. But Slightly Mad actually announced Project CARS 2 way back in June 2015, and launched a crowdfunding campaign that aimed to raise nearly £7 million to fund the development of the game.

That was less than two months after the release of Project CARS, and fans criticized the studio for discussing a sequel without fixing the numerous technical problems that were plaguing the game. Slightly Mad has kept quiet about Project CARS 2 since then. We’ve reached out to Bandai…

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