For a game whose development was intended to stay primarily behind closed doors, and only a select number of investors were privy to take a look at its progress, there’s an awful lot of information floating around regarding Project CARS 2 that’s more or less hiding in plain sight. Thanks to threads from both SimRace.PL and GTPlanet, as well as an extremely recent leak on 4Chan, we’ve got a fairly solid understanding of what this game will look like long before the official unveiling is even set to take place. Loose lips sink ships, and we’re at the point where even Slightly Mad Studios partner Rene Rast himself has been pretty liberal in sharing information about Project CARS 2, uploading a video showcasing a practice session at Spa which demonstrates numerous lighting engine improvements.
GTPlanet posters semi-confirm that virtually all of the vehicles found in the original game will return, though there will be an increase in the number of street cars to reel in those who were wooed by the diverse array of machinery found in Assetto Corsa. And as you can see from the shots I’ve been able to find, Ferrari, Porsche, and even Lamborghini will all make an appearance, indicating our initial assessment about the floodgates opening and everybody receiving these lucrative brands in 2017 appear to be correct. This essentially marks the end of the fanfare surrounding Kunos Simulazioni for their ability to land these licenses and implement the cars in Assetto Corsa, and they’ll now have to go back to working on finishing their game rather than riding a wave of downloadable content hype.
SimRace.PL included some neat tidbits about historic content, with photographic evidence of the original Daytona Beach NASCAR layout from the 1950’s – a track that hasn’t appeared in any racing game as vanilla content since the old NASCAR Thunder series from EA Sports – as well as the historic version of Le Mans many of you have driven in either Grand Prix Legends or the first rendition of rFactor as created by the Virtua_LM mod team. While I’m certainly not satisfied with the single player offline experience found in the original Project CARS, you can’t exactly say the next game will be light on content – though how much of this stuff will be restricted from the vanilla game and held back as additional DLC remains to be seen. The first entry in what we now know as the Project CARS franchise featured a heavy dose of post-release downloadable content, making the vanilla game feel quite barren when jumping to the Game of the Year Edition – and it’s not a stretch to assume we’ll be subjected to more of the same in 2017 or 2018, whenever this thing comes out.
Sadly, the few WMD members who have taken to the forums in an effort to give their favorite online communities an advanced sneak peak of Project CARS 2 have all neglected to actually discuss what matters in the game – the actual on-track experience. We’re not sure how the tire model will behave, there’s been no word if Slightly Mad Studios have jumped on the dynamic track bandwagon, we’re not sure if cars sink into the ground and shoot off three hundred feet into the air, and the artificial intelligence – arguably the single biggest issue with the offline experience – has also not been discussed. As much as I love physically seeing screenshots of stuff like the prestigious Long Beach, California street circuit pop up in a hardcore racing simulator – especially since iRacing’s just sort of sits there completely unfinished and sold to members at a slightly discounted price – none of this matters if I can’t jump in and have a fulfilling race with a car that drives like it should. I hope there’s not a definitive reason behind these numerous screenshot leaks, but little in the way of feedback on the simulator aspect.
I’m genuinely surprised none of the mainstream sim racing outlets have picked up on any of this info floating around, so although they’re just screenshots that will hold your attention for ten seconds or so, consider this a fairly substantial leak that helps clarify our understanding of what Project CARS 2 will look like upon completion. How it plays is an entirely different story.