The follow-up to the well-recieved 2015 racing sim Project CARS was just revealed recently. The new game from Slightly Mad Studios promises even more detailed graphics and realistic effects than the original, better physics, along with more cars and a stellar amount of tracks. Project CARS 2 will be coming to all current platforms — minus the new Nintendo Switch.
You may remember the incredible debacle that involved Slightly Mad and their handling of the Wii U version of the original pCARS. In short, although the game was announced for the Wii U before the system was even released, and despite many positive comments made about the hardware, the developers ended up cancelling the Wii U version. This left many fans feeling incredibly jilted, especially since the game was crowdfunded and the Wii U version was actually one of the most anticipated iterations of the game.
So with that said, what’s the reason for the new entry being ruled out for the newer and more powerful Nintendo Switch? Andy Tudor, Creative Director over at Slightly Mad Studios recently weighed in on the topic. Here’s what he had to say:
REDBULL: 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?
TUDOR: “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.”
REDBULL: That’s a shame, it would be cool to take it on the go.
TUDOR: “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.”
Mr. Tudor does say that he’s played the Switch, but he didn’t elaborate on whether or not he and his team have actually looked at it from a development standpoint. He simply gave a vague “I just don’t think it’s going to be possible”, which does seem to indicate that the Switch may not be capable of running Project CARS 2.
It’s rather disheartening to have yet another developer say their game won’t be coming to the Switch. While the new system does have some third-party big rigs in the pipeline, there seems to be a lot more devs saying “not really” or simply flat-out “no” when it comes to the likelihood of bringing their new games coming to the platform. It still remains unclear if the Switch’s third-party support will be as paultry as the Wii U’s, but it does seem like things are pointing in that direction. We’ll just have to wait and see.