Ah, Project CARS. Who could possibly forget the drama of the canned Wii U version. For so long it was held up as the definitive racing game for Nintendo's console, yet it failed to make the grid after crippling technical issues.
Project CARS 2 has just been revealed, and creative director Andy Tudor has been talking about it with Red Bull. As you might imagine, the cancellation of the original on Wii U is discussed, as are the chances of seeing the sequel on the soon-to-be-released Switch.
The good news is that Tudor loves Switch and remains a fan of the Wii U; however, he's clearly aware of building people's hopes up and therefore rules out a Switch version of the sequel, at least for now:
Originally Project CARS had a Wii U version announced that didn't quite work out, but do you guys have any plans for Nintendo Switch?
I think the Wii U thing is very similar to the PSVR thing, and that's why I don't want to get people's hopes as much. With the Wii U version, the actual machine was brilliant, I play on it with my kids all the time, but technically, getting the game to a state where it matches our standards was extremely challenging. In the end it was something we weren't happy with, releasing a version that was substandard to what the eventual title ending up being, which was critically acclaimed (it did extremely well), and it may not have been if we pursued the Wii U version further, so we decided to ultimately stop production on that.
In terms of Nintendo Switch, I can say probably that Project CARS franchise will not be coming to Nintendo Switch currently.
That's a shame, it would be cool to take it on the go.
Similar to the Wii U, it looks amazing. I've held it in my hands, and the concept of taking it on the go, yeah, I totally agree: we're all gadget freaks, so we kind of want to, but equally I just don't think it's going to be possible.
While the news is understandably disappointing, it's good to know that Switch is finding favour with developers like Tudor. When devs like hardware they usually try to produce content for it, so perhaps we'll see something from Slightly Mad Studios at some point in the future - assuming it isn't too busy with Project CARS 2, of course.