I wish to share with you guys a game that until February i didn’t knew it existed and since then it conquered my heart and my devotion.
Project CARS as the name says is a Community Assisted Racing Simulator being developed by Slightly Mad Studios the developers behind the Need for Speed: Shift and Shift 2 but without EA backing them up this time. The developers have a long history in the racing simulator world having worked on some of the most fabulous games of the past years, GTL, GTR, Need for Speed Shift Series, PGR and many more and decided that this was the time to make something that would be the game to beat in the next years in every way, visuals, gameplay and quality.
What does Community Assisted Racing Simulator means?
For a long time unfortunately we have been used to be in the dark when there’s a game in development, we can’t comment, give opinions or receive a feedback from the developers about our ideas and thoughts on the game until it’s too late and the game is out and then they will give no support because the publisher wants them to make another bad quality game quickly.
With Project CARS it is different, they want you to participate, you are essential to the game development, your constructive ideas area welcomed, if you live near some important race tracks they may even ask for your help to get reference images, they care about your opinion. This is something that may seem a dream but it isn’t, the reason why is because the community is the one funding the game, we support the developers and in return they give us constant feedback about the game progress and show that our opinion matters.
How does the funding work?
They supply you with different options called Tool Perks, by supporting them they will give you something in return (free copy’s of the game when it comes out, your name ingame, exclusive cars and tracks) and in the meanwhile you can play the pre-alpha which is a in development version of the game that has weekly/monthly basis builds with new content and fixes.
What cars do they have?
Currently they have the following cars available:
Ariel Atom 300 Supercharged
Ariel Atom 500 V8
Ariel Atom Mugen
Asano LM11 TDX – Audi R18 TDI
Asano X4 Touring - Audi A4 DTM '11
Caper Monterey Stockcar - Generic 1990's NASCAR
Caterham Seven Classic
Caterham Superlight R500
Formula A – Formula 1
Formula B – Grand Prix 2
Formula Rookie – Formula Ford
GUMPERT Apollo S
Lotus 49 Cosworth
Lotus 78 Cosworth
Lotus 98T Renault Turbo
Pagani Zonda R
Palmer Jaguar JP-LM
Racer L4-RS - Radical SR-3
Racer V8-RS - Radical SR-8
There are many others coming soon, currently they have almost ready to be released the 2012 BMW Z4 GT3 and the 1981 BMW Procar (pics below)
As you can see the detail put on the cars is big, every suspension will be independent and the each car will act in their own way, this is not arcade this is meant to be a racing simulator.
What about tracks ?
- Anhalt - Oschersleben
- Azure Circuit - Monaco
- Badenring - Hockenheim
- Belgian Forest Circuit - Spa Francorchamps
- Besos - Circuit de Catalunya
- Bologna - Imola
- Derby - Donington Park
- Eifelwald - Nordschleife
- Florence - Mugello
- Heusden - Zolder
- Loire 24 - Circuit de la Sarthe
- Loire National - Bugatti Circuit
- Milan - Monza
- Moravia - Brno
- Northampton - Silverstone
- California Raceway - Willow Springs
- Connecticut Hill GP - Watkins Glen
- Monterey - Laguna Seca
- Wisconsin Raceway - Road America
- Jin Ding - Zhuhai
- Sakitto - Suzuka
- Bathurst - Mount Panorama
- Historic Badenring - Hockenheim (Pre 2002)
- Rouen Les Essarts
- Historic Milan - Monza (1967. GPL2.)
- Concord - Charlotte Motor Speedway **
- Delaware - Dover
- Harrison Pike Raceway - Indianapolis Speedway *
- Henrico - Richmond
- Memphis - Bristol
- Volusia - Daytona ***
- California Highway
- Azure Coast
- Test Track
- Solitude Rennstrecke
- Brands Hatch
- Oulton Park
- Cadwell Park
- Ruapuna Park
- Old Spa
- Milan Oval
In-game Kart Tracks;
Most of these tracks are still in development thus there can be some lack of visual quality under the right conditions but its being worked on at a fast pace.
What will it be the plan behind the game ?
The concept they have is the following:
ABOUT THE GAME...
PROJECT CARS represents THE ULTIMATE DRIVER JOURNEY...
FRANCHISE MODE allows you to carve out a personalized career starting in the Karting world and then progressing on to whichever motorsport specialization you prefer including Rally, Touring Cars, Open-Wheel, GT, Le Mans, and many more!
Play CO-OP with a friend as Driver/Co-Driver
FULL TEAM MANAGEMENT... Have a large number of friends? Create, manage, and compete together!
Experience the excitement of PIT STOPS like you've never seen before!
Revolutionary PIT-2-CAR RADIO gives you the strategic advantage
DYNAMIC Time Of Day & Localized Weather make every race unique and challenging
10+ GAME MODES covering every form of motorsport
CLOUD-BASED SOCIAL NETWORK allows you to connect with friends, compare times & scores, compete and challenge each other, and share content
USER-GENERATED CONTENT - Create your own liveries, decals, tuning setups, and even events! Then share them with the world - either for free, in-game credits or even real money!
PUSHING TO THE LIMITS - Advanced physics, lighting, and AI
PROJECT CARS is due for release on the following platforms...
Wii U PC PlayStation 3 Xbox 360
Gameplay wise i can say the game is very good, not perfect yet due to new tire model not being implemented yet but once it is the game will become one of the best currently in the market but it is progressing at a fast pace. Multiplayer is not available yet but it is expected to be in the next 2 months if nothing goes wrong.
I will end up this testimony with some screenshots taken ingame by the community for you guys to check out:
You can find more images in the gallerys at the main website
Panoramic/Interactive Shots by Sagedavid:
Some videos for you guys to watch:
Project Cars: Project CARS – WMD Portal
World of Mass Development Homepage:WMD Portal
Edit: i tried to search the forums before posting by several keywords and didnt find anything about this, but if theres is im sorry about it.