Hype: Project CARS 2 Announced. Will Release This Year (Video)

Project CARS has a reputation for being among the hardest of the hardcore when it comes to racing simulators.  In fact it is so hardcore that I recommended that it should only be played with a wheel rather than a traditional controller.  The graphics were amazing and when it came to PC the team behind Project CARS pushed the envelope with giving the game the ability to be played in 12k resolution (via three 4k monitors linked together)!  Though, the game did have a few short comings.  The main one was a very short car list.  Well, today publisher Bandai-Namco has announced that Project CARS 2 is coming and this time it is bringing a lot more cars with it as well as new tracks.

Project CARS 2 will have over 170 licensed cars and they claim it will have the “largest track roster of any console racing game ever”.  There will also be new vehicle types like RallyCross and Indy Car.  Project CARS 2 will also be optimized for VR support and 12K play is coming back (though obviously the 12K is only for the PC version).  Though I am sure Project CARS 2 will still be pretty hardcore, they are looking to revamp the handling so that it is a little more friendly to players using a controller.

Project CARS 2 is scheduled for release in “late 2017” so we are hoping that we will soon get even more information about it as the months tick by.  In the meantime you can check out the official trailer and see screenshots below by clicking on the thumbnails.  For more info you can also read the official press release below as well.

Screen shots:

Project CARS 2 trailer:

Press Release:

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (February 8, 2017) – Leading interactive entertainment company BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., and Slightly Mad Studios, today announced their publishing partnership to bring Project CARS™ 2 to the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM® in late 2017. Project CARS 2 features an expanded roster of over 170 cars and 60+ tracks, brand-new fan-requested Online Championships game mode, and additional racing disciplines – including ice, dirt, snow, and mud racing – over its critically acclaimed, ground-breaking predecessor (Project CARS™). All of this racing action can be presented at up to 12K* resolution graphics (PC) with VR support, making Project CARS 2 the most immersive and technically advanced racing simulation experience.

Created by gamers and fine-tuned by professional racing drivers, Project CARS 2 delivers an unparalleled racing experience to players of all skill levels. To achieve this goal, Project CARS 2 utilizes leading-edge visuals, precise car physics, and realistic A.I. designed to mimic a competitive driver’s heart and mind that is sure to challenge players. The use of Slightly Mad Studios’ proprietary LIVETRACK 3.0 technology enables the development team to create dynamic real-time weather & seasonal effects, track surface conditions & time-of-day changes, and implement advanced tire grip/wear physics into the Project CARS 2 gameplay. By combining these features with the highest performance driving machines in the world, Project CARS 2 will enable players to live-out their dreams of being a racecar driver.

Project CARS 2’s authentic presentation of motorsports racing isn’t just cutting edge, it surpasses the cutting edge,” says Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “No other driving game or racing title can approach Project CARS 2’s level of visual fidelity, real-world physics, and intelligent driver A.I. These features combined with dynamic weather and track effects, refined controls, and an authentic love of competitive eSports guarantees players will be able to live-out their racing aspirations on multiple gaming platforms.”

“We’re thrilled to pull off the covers on our publishing partnership with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and finally share more details on our latest build with Project CARS 2.” said Stephen Viljoen, Game Director for Project CARS 2. “Our collective goal at Slightly Mad Studios is to create a simulation racing experience that rivals that of real-life. Realism and authenticity are central to our development mantra for Project CARS 2, hence we’re making sure we employ the best professional drivers, game developers, artists, and sound engineers to realize our vision for a game that takes players on the ultimate driver journey.”

Project CARS 2 is currently rated “RP” for Rating Pending by the ESRB. Project CARS 2 will be available in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM® in late 2017. To find out more about Project CARS 2 please visit: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/games/project-cars-2. To learn more about BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s other products go to: http://www.bandainamcoent.com/home.html or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS or join the conversation at https://twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS.

*12K resolution is achieved through linking three 4K PC monitors together to present a panoramic driver’s view.


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