Slightly Mad Studios Creative Director Andy Tudor was interviewed by the Red Bull website’s gaming section about Project CARS. In it, Tudor explains that the Wii U is more than capable of delivering the Project CARS experience.
Tudor talks about this in the context of Slightly Mad recently deciding to cancel ports of Project CARS to Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. However, to be fair, Tudor points out that decision was more about practicality than power. Getting back on topic, Slightly Mad has taken an interest in the Wii U’s unique features, particularly the GamePad and Miiverse. The GamePad could be your track map, rearview mirror, or telemetry. They could also make use of the controller’s gyroscope and make it the game’s steering wheel. Regarding Miiverse, the studio sees a place where they could broaden their WMD (World of Mass Development) fan community.
Andy Tudor: \”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.”
Andy Tudor: “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.\”
Beyond that, however, they simply see in Wii U a need to be filled. Playstation has Gran Turismo, Xbox has Forza, and while Mario Kart has broader appeal than either racer, the market for a realistic racing franchise exists in Nintendo consoles as much as anywhere else. This game can output to 4K on PC, and Tudor claims it will show off the Wii U’s power in the best way possible.
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