Do you own Project CARS? Do the abundance of bugs prevent you from playing the title for any substantial length of time? Unfortunately for you, you’ll be stuck waiting for the release of Project CARS 2. Our boy Ruben Galvez Lopez, who has done a fantastic job of keeping us up-to-date with news revolving the controversial crowdfunded racer by Slightly Mad Studios, has sent us yet another crazy tidbit: You’re waiting for the sequel if you want any of the remaining bugs fixed.
I’ve read here recently about the last story in regards to Ian Bell’s latest meltdown in Project CARS official forum, and I’m surprised this other interesting piece of info flew completely under the radar!
Let’s start by setting the context first: Lately, Slightly Mad Studios have made some lazy attempts to improve some of the most blatant problems under the hood of Project CARS. Patch 7.0 featured a camber fix, and changes to the way tires heat up were made in both 6.0 and 7.0.
The camber fix was at best a partial success. The patch managed to make some cosmetic improvements on the worst problems related with camber, but ultimately couldn’t get this critical alignment setting to work properly, as some players could prove as soon as the update went live by doing some long runs.
While the most blatant problem – a huge straight line speed penalty for using anything other than 0 camber – has been solved, tire temperatures remain unresponsive to camber or tire pressure changes. Something seriously wrong must be going on under the hood to allow this shit. The tire heating changes not only ended in a total failure, but they also managed to show the complete lack of direction of this game, and they unleashed crazy shit all over the forums.
Grab your popcorn, now it gets interesting.
Before update 6.0, one of the main problems with Project CARS was the lack of any kind of consequences for tire overheating. Most tires were impossible to get out of their optimum temperature window, and on top of that once it happened it didn’t really mean anything besides your HUD displaying red tires. Your grip levels were almost the same and the tire life was still way too long. So Slightly Mad Studios tried to address that, and after 6.0, the situation improved sensibly. Now it was easy to overheat the tires, even if the consequences were still not as big as you would expect.
However, pCars horrible gamepad support made life really hard for controller users, and the complaints started. The lack of precision meant they were having a hard time avoiding huge slip angles, and their tires erupted as a result. SMS reacted soon by undoing the update and going back to the previous heating model for 7.0. Most of the player base didn’t like this move, and in the middle of heavy criticism, this post from game designer Stephen Vijoen came out of nowhere unleashing an even bigger shitstorm.
Apparently, Project CARS is now in a “late stage of the product’s life cycle”, and no further work on the tire model will be made. Development has stopped. While these scammers continue to push out DLC cars and tracks, they won’t bother anymore trying to fix the core of the game. The reactions to this informative bomb were at the same time sad and hilarious, and worthy of psychiatrist studies: 61 people LIKED a post that basically said “fuck you all, fixing this game is too much work, thanks for buying, see you in Project CARS 2.”
Not everyone’s mood was good enough for the shilling to continue, and many other users and even some WMD contributors dared to share their frustration about the lack of direction of the product. SMS had backed out of a previous change perceived to go towards realism, and at the same time it was revealed that they would break their promise of supporting this game for a long time.
It wasn’t long before figures with a stronger link to Slightly Mad Studios had to go into full defensive mode.
You read that right. The same guys who couldn’t get this game working after four years of development and seven months of post release patches are telling you all to buy Project CARS 2 because everything will be alright in that game. The reactions were of course not positive, and it really didn’t take a genius to know how this thread would end in a place like the Project CARS forum, with posts deleted and several users banned…
Four years of development, and seven months of post-release patches later, Slightly Mad Studios are now telling people that Project CARS won’t be fixed, and you should instead wait for Project CARS 2. I especially love that one kid who says “I wouldn’t let that statement get too far out into the wild.”
And now so do you. Any problems you have with Project CARS aren’t getting fixed until the $60 upgrade called Project CARS 2.