Maybe I missed something and maybe I’m just trying to provoke a fight, but a big selling point of the WMD program for Project CARS was the potential ROI, or return on investment for all 80,000+ WMD members including yours truly. Broken down below in this quick Microsoft Excel chart are the “estimates” of WMD returns – and this was something available to all WMD forum members during development to take a look at. Everyone who bought into this modified early access program was to receive some sort of financial gain from this endeavor:A month after release, the WMD forums have been oddly silent, instead promoting DLC, user-made YouTube trailers, and generic celebratory topics cheering about the game finally being released after four years in development.
Other sites paid to advertise Project CARS also continue with the generic celebratory posts, claiming that the crowd funded racing sim has increased sales in toy steering wheels.
WMD user Stephane Behr asked this question directly on the WMD forums, again a place that should be directly concerned about authentic sales and ROI figures since that was a large draw of the WMD program to begin with. Simply put, he wanted to know if he should get excited about the profits he and the 79,999 other WMD members will be receiving.
It’s great for them that the game’s finally been released. But now it’s time to talk business. Where’s the cold hard data that WMD members have been looking for? You’d think, as this was such a large draw of the program, that the numbers would be carefully monitored by Slightly Mad Studios and the community would be constantly updated on the ROI they’d be receiving.
Except they aren’t. So what’s up?