Earlier today rumour spread that Project CARS was facing a delay, as screencaps of a forum post did the rounds. Publisher Bandai Namco has now reacted with an official press release to confirm that the release date has been pushed back, positioning it as a strategic choice to avoid the excessively over-crowded Holiday season and to improve the game; it'll now arrive on PS4, Xbox One and PC in March 2015, on the 20th of that month in Europe.
Below is an excerpt of the press release explaining the decision.
The move positions the title away from the competitive holiday scene dominated by household names while affording the team at Slightly Mad Studios additional time to extend and polish their ground-breaking and accomplished next-gen racing experience that’s been created alongside a community of over 85,000 racing fans and real-life professional drivers.
“Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world; something with features and content powered by the community that provide a truly unforgettable and pioneering experience” said Ian Bell, Head of Studio at 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.”
How does that affect the Wii U version? We contacted Bandai Namco for clarification and, unfortunately, the response was non-committal. We were simply told that "at the moment the Wii U is only announced for 2015", and that once updates on that progress are available they will be provided.
This isn't the first time that Project CARS has been pushed back, though on this occasion there's sound reasoning to the decision. As the Wii U version was behind the others in the original release plans, however, we suspect that Nintendo racing fans may have an even longer wait on their hands.
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