Project CARS is a unique game in more ways than one. A rival to the likes of Gran Turismo and Forza, the racer has been crowd-funded and is being developed with the assistance of more than 35,000 backers. Alongside Kickstarter, Slightly Mad's Worlds of Mass Development platform could revolutionise the way games make their way to market — and that makes Project CARS one to watch.
The studio — which has previously worked on the Need for Speed: Shift and Test Drive franchises — has always insisted that the Wii U port of the game would live up to the promise of the other editions. However, with the recent news that the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions had been dropped in favour of focusing on the PS4 and Xbox One, some Nintendo fans were rightly concerned that the same thing might happen to the Wii U edition. Thankfully, Slightly Mad's Creative Director Andy Tudor has moved to calm such fears.
Speaking to Red Bull, Tudor said:
The Wii U is more than capable of providing the core Project CARS experience. Sure, some super-high-level graphical effects may not be possible but in comparison it also offers a unique interaction experience via the GamePad controller, with the second screen potentially becoming your track map overview, rear-view mirror, telemetry, or simply mimicking a real race car steering wheel whilst you use the gyroscope to drive.
Plus there are great possibilities to extend our existing WMD community into the Mii Community with discussion and sharing of content and ideas. There's no realistic racing game on the Wii U currently yet, and we hear the fans crying out for one. Project CARS provides a Forza or Gran Turismo-like experience for those gamers and it'll be something to really show off what the system is capable of. From our internal playing, it's looking extremely promising.
Given that many other developers and publishers seem to find excuses to ignore or drop the Wii U at a moment's notice, it's encouraging to hear such positive comments and support for Nintendo's console. Are you looking forward to playing Project CARS? Let us know by posting a comment below.