Bandai Namco Games – Slightly Mad Studios and BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe S.A.S today confirmed that Project CARS will be available for PlayStation® 4, Xbox One and PC on April 2nd 2015. The slight shift of the release date is due to final adjustments in the game, that are required to provide to the fans with the best gaming experience they could have. “Moving a release date was not an easy decision to make, as we know our fans are eager to get their hands-on on Project CARS”, said Ian Bell, Head of Studio at Slightly Mad Studios. “But we know that these extra days will allow us to provide the best game experience that our fans deserve. We assure you the wait will be worth it when the game does arrive early April”.
It’s been a month almost to the day since we here at PretendRaceCars reported that Slightly Mad Studio’s upcoming next-gen racer may be facing possible delays, and today, our posts and screen captures that were supposedly “taken out of context”, “satirical”, and as one user called it, “the Charlie Hebdo of Sim Racing”, were instead confirmed by the developer because they actually delayed the fucking game.
What was once a Q4 2014 launch turned into March 20th, 2015, and now April 2nd, 2015. Hopefully enough time to fix bugs like these:
How does this affect Sim Racing?
I think it makes a lot of people look really fucking stupid. It’s no secret to anyone involved in the WMD forums that the goal when talking about pCars on other message boards is to spread positive things about it. In fact, that’s part of your duty as a WMD member – talk up the game. Make sweet YouTube videos of it. Get people hyped. Shill for it. The community is the marketing department. Absolutely genius idea by Ian Bell. Why pay a marketing department to spread the word when people will do it for free if you tell them there’s a chance they’ll get rich off a racing sim? Hell, some of them admit to blatantly making shit up about it. They don’t care, Ian Bell told them they’re gonna get rich!
In the end, this leaves forums (and there’s a bunch of them so it’s not just Reddit or VirtualR or the iRacing forums I’m calling out) a total mess. You can’t honestly tell me that after two delays and several internal rumblings that things are nowhere near a completed state, pCars is still worth getting hyped over. This (and pre-order DLC) is a sign the goddamn ship is sinking. And yet you still have people being like:
You know what that is? It’s an advertisement. It doesn’t add anything to the discussion. It doesn’t add anything to the commuity. It doesn’t make this dude look like he’s got good taste in racing sims. It makes him look like a fucking shill because no matter how much you hype pCars up, the publisher just delayed it for the second time and that’s probably a good indication of where things are headed when it finally does come out. Just like how a random PewDiePie quote on an advertisement doesn’t give your Zombie shooter sick gamer cred.
You are a gamer. You play video games. Even if you take your video games super fuckin’ seriously and have a super fuckin’ expensive plastic steering wheel compared to other moderately expensive plastic steering wheels, it’s still a goddamn plastic steering wheel. You wanna shit up message boards subtly trying to get people hyped for a game that’s been delayed twice? You want to convince people that they should give you money for shit that isn’t finished? Here you go, this is for you.
Meanwhile I ventured over to the QA section of the WMD forums, and found this:
That’s a bit old, so here’s a more comical one from a few days ago. Guy did two seasons of Karting in career mode and got invited to the 24 Hours of Le Mans – and the race length was locked to 24 Hours. Whoops.
But oh, this delay totally wasn’t because the game’s unfinished, it’s so it fits nicely into a release slot.
Even though the devs just found out about the delay today as well.
This is a mess.