EA has cancelled the Project CARS sequence, it’s been reported immediately, with inner bulletins stating that it has made the choice to “stop further development and investment” within the franchise.
This was additional confirmed in an announcement to GamesIndustry.biz, an EA spokesperson saying, “At the moment we introduced internally an replace to our racing portfolio. Following an analysis of the following Project CARS title and its longer-term progress potential, we’ve got made the choice to cease additional improvement and funding for the franchise.
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“Decisions like these are very hard, but allow us to prioritise our focus in areas where we believe we have the strongest opportunity to create experiences that fans will love. We are focusing on our strengths in our racing portfolio, particularly licensed IP and open-world experiences, and expanding our franchises to be more socially-led with long-term live services that will engage global communities. Games are at the heart of sports and racing entertainment, and with shifting fan expectations, we recognise the need to evolve our games beyond pure play, providing experiences for fans to also watch, create and connect with their friends.”
Fortunately it doesn’t sound like Barely Mad Studios itself is beneath menace, the developer having had a headcount of 150 when it was acquired by Codemasters in 2019, however the efforts to make Project CARS 4 had been effectively underway. These on that staff will probably be diverted to work on different video games via Codemasters and EA’s racing recreation portfolio “wherever [they] can.”
That is, nonetheless, nearly precisely what racing recreation followers feared via EA’s acquisition of Codemasters. Codies’ community of studios had labored on a wide range of completely different video games, from the yearly F1 sequence to each sim and arcade iterations of Grime, and extra experimental video games like Onrush. That wasn’t all the time a recipe for achievement, however with EA in cost, we’ve seen Codemasters Cheshire be absorbed into Criterion to work on Want for Velocity, and now SMS will possible be shifted to assist a narrowed portfolio of video games in some methods.
Not solely that, however Project CARS and Project CARS 2 have recently been delisted from sale online after numerous licenses expired. This leaves Project CARS 3 as the only real surviving recreation…. for now.
Project CARS was an upstart challenger for the simcade racing crown, a multiplatform effort that aimed to seize the curiosity of Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport followers via the PS4 and Xbox One period. The first recreation was funded partly by Kickstarter and proved a serious business success, with Project CARS 2 refining on that recreation in some ways. Project CARS 3, nonetheless, took a distinct extra arcade course.
In our evaluate for Project Cars 3, Thomas wrote, “Project CARS 3 suffers from a case of mistaken identity. Once you adjust to the new direction, you can get into a fun flow of ticking off objectives, drifting around hairpins and purchasing upgrades. However, while the series’ existing platform means you get a great variety of circuits, cars and weather conditions, it also shackles this game from being a great arcade racing experience.”
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