It’s been a while since we’ve received a fully detailed Reader Submission here at PRC.net, but thankfully one of our avid readers by the name of Darren has come through with some relatively shocking info. Despite advertising American Oval Racing as one of the many disciplines to be featured in the controversial crowdfunded racing sim Project CARS, and several unlicensed oval tracks appearing in beta builds of the game, the team over at Slightly Mad Studios appear to have shelved things altogether until the inevitable release of Project CARS 2.
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Lately, Slightly Mad Studios have been pussy footing around the oval Tracks for Project CARS and if they are coming or not. With Ian at times saying yes but only a small handful of tracks, then it turns out that pCARS2 has three oval tracks in early stage,with another two in a work-in-progress state. Well, a reply from Mr. Bell has mostly confirmed that we’re not getting oval tracks in Project CARS.
I’m a NASCAR fan, but the fact they have two American Stock Cars with no oval tracks is a bit laughable. Now a number of Americans are wanting answers, as very early in the game’s development Slightly Mad Studios confirmed there would be a number of oval tracks to compliment both stock cars. It seems that Project CARS is getting shafted, and pCARS2 will get the content intended for the original game.
After next weeks release of the American Car DLC pack, it has been revealed that only one more DLC pack is coming in April or May this year before making the big push to Project CARS 2. I’m extremely annoyed to discover that Project CARS is merely a test game for the sequel.
Then, he blames publisher Namco-Bandai Games for restricting their post-release content plans. Namco-Bandai believe some teams run into problems sticking to a consistent development schedule and delivering updates on time. Bell admits that this was a good call, as the team at Slightly Mad Studios indeed could not stay on schedule.
Then Ian Bell goes back to replying to a number of users with the exact same excuse of “we have put in 37 additional features requested by community members into Project CARS.” I just don’t understand where this guy’s head is at.
Do what you want with these. I enjoy Project CARS but this Ian Bell guy is a clown.
He is our own personal jester, and I’m glad we here at PRC.net can provide him with the finest stage available. I get that it’s bad business for the head of a game development studio to come out and say “guys, we sort of fucked this one up.” As we saw a few weeks ago at the end of Super Bowl 50, owning up to your role in your team’s loss is something that even professional athletes can’t handle. But unfortunately, Mr. Bell is not the starting Quarterback of the Carolina Panthers – he’s in charge of creating a product for people to enjoy.
And Ian’s at the point where he promised a bunch of shit that people can easily use the search function to bring to the forefront, and none of the stuff is there.
Ian said Project CARS would have oval racing. It’s now been shit-canned. Ian said Project CARS would run fine on the Wii U. The Wii U release was cancelled three months later. Ian said Project CARS would feature the Verizon Indy Car Series. Both Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 2015 Verizon Indy Car Series are nowhere to be found. Ian said there would be proper triple screen support added in during the game’s post release lifespan. It still isn’t there. Ian said there would be both setup management and setup sharing. Neither feature has yet to appear. Ian said the game’s performance on AMD cards would be optimized for the PC version. These fixes still haven’t been implemented. These are just some of the many things Slightly Mad Studios failed to deliver on, and I’m sure the many Project CARS owners here on PRC.net will be able to flesh out this list a bit more.
Five years into the future, I’m sure merely mentioning Project CARS in any sim racing forum will warrant a ten page discussion full of words like “scam” and “pyramid scheme”. The video below was uploaded today and displays the sorry state of the game despite something like twelve post-release patches intended to make the sim somewhat playable. The fact that people actually defend this due to sheer sales numbers is absurd. This game is demonstrably broken despite the shills babbling on about the initial spike of Steam activity, and the team at Slightly Mad Studios clearly don’t give a shit about finishing the game – they have your money, the patches aren’t doing anything, and they’re making another one whether you like it or not.