Gamer: Project CARS Piques Our Interest

By John Beltz Snyder

February 04, 2013

Well, thanks to a post from Ridelust, another upcoming racing simulator just made it onto our radar. Project CARS is being developed by Slightly Mad Studios, who are responsible for the Shift series of Need For Speed titles. What got our attention were some of the cars you’ll be able to drive, and the modeling of real-world race tracks.
In the teaser video for the game from Gametrailers, we see such cars as the Ariel Atom and Pagani Huayra, as well as some current and historical racecars across various series. The video shows some excellent attention to detail, and some impressive graphics.
According to Cheat Code Central, the tracks are impressively accurate, and have been laser-scanned to make them as realistic as possible.
So far, the makers of the game have announced the following features:
  • FRANCHISE MODE allows you to carve out a personalized career starting in the Karting world and then progressing on to whichever motorsport specialization you prefer including Rally, Touring Cars, Open-Wheel, GT, Le Mans, and many more!
  • Play CO-OP with a friend as Driver/Co-Driver
  • FULL TEAM MANAGEMENT... Have a large number of friends? Create, manage, and compete together!
  • Experience the excitement of PIT STOPS like you've never seen before!
  • Revolutionary PIT-2-CAR RADIO gives you the strategic advantage
  • DYNAMIC Time Of Day & Localized Weather make every race unique and challenging
  • 10+ GAME MODES covering every form of motorsport
  • CLOUD-BASED SOCIAL NETWORK allows you to connect with friends, compare times & scores, compete and challenge each other, and share content
  • USER-GENERATED CONTENT - Create your own liveries, decals, tuning setups, and even events! Then share them with the world - either for free, in-game credits or even real money!
  • PUSHING TO THE LIMITS - Advanced physics, lighting, and AI
The game’s website has a bit more information, including a lot of impressive artwork from within the game. They’ve asked the gaming community for help, so people can register to play the latest build of Project CARS and offer their feedback—a pretty cool way to drive development.
We’ve only seen rumors of a November release date, but as we’ve learned, even “official” release dates don’t always mean much. Project CARS is slated to be available for Playstation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, and PC.