Today marks a landmark day for the ongoing development of Project CARS.
13 months ago in October 2011, developer Slightly Mad Studios embarked on an ambitious development plan for PC sim Project CARS. In a unique scheme they called World of Mass Development, the idea was to get the community actively involved in the project, provide feedback, and independently fund the development of the game. In return, users that signed up to one of the priced tool packs would get full access to work-in-progress beta builds of the game as the development progressed.
Many were skeptical about such a radical scheme that bypasses the need for a publisher altogether. But naysayers be damned, as Slightly Mad Studios has now successfully accumulated their target funding of 3.75 million Euros, thus putting Project CARS into full development on the road for a final release in 2013.
We're delighted to see Slightly Mad Studio's vision of World of Mass Development come into fruition. It's a testament to the passionate community and a significant step forward for independently-developed racing games that aren't tied to publisher constraints.
Unfortunately for those still wanting to get involved, you're out of luck. With funding now complete, tool packs are no longer available to purchase to gain access to the beta builds, so you'll have to wait until the final release in late 2013 to test drive Project CARS. Still, at least it gives you ample time to beef up your PC hardware, right?
In case you needed reminding just why we're so excited about Project CARS, check out the latest sumptuous community gallery which effectively shows off its impressive graphical prowess over on our Facebook page.
Remember that these screenshots were all sourced by community players, so there's no in-house Photoshop trickery going on here - this is genuinely how Project CARS actually looks in-game. Staggering when you consider there's still a year to wait until the final release.
Congrats to SMS! I'm in at a senior level; many of the big investors really went to town during late October and early November.
I hope other studios like Kunos and SimBin follow in the footsteps of Ian Bell and the people working at Slightly Mad. Self funding development alongside community funding does work and gives the development team free reign to make the game they and their community want, rather than be tied to what the publisher wants. As we saw with Shift and Unleashed, the underpinnings of both games are GTR 2 - good ideas can be ruined by the requests of the publisher.
I'll look forward to it and for once I'm not bothered wether its DLC or not because in terms of racing sims, Assetto Corsa is definitely more friendly on your pocket - free multiplayer etc. I hope that doesn't change when it leaves early access.
Its nice to see that they're not using lens flare, it really annoys me when its used in cockpit view because cockpit view is often for a more realistic driving experience yet it can be ruined by lens flare which is an effect only present on lenses (unsurprisingly). *ehem* Next Car Game *ehem*.
Yes this certainly has huge potential and mixing bikes with cars could be a good thing in terms of investment. Bike games have often been a mixed bag in terms of reception, so perhaps we'll see some bikes in GT7 and then if that works out, a full blown Tourist Trophy 2 further down the line.
I'm not going to get my hopes up because there have been too many rumors for far to long. But after GT6 the only thing that would make me buy another GT title would be the addition of bikes (and a good selection of those at that).
In regards to Tourist Trophy, that game still holds up today. Not perfect (bikes a tad to floatly) but over all it gave me the closest sense of how it feels to...
once upon time I use to buy multiple copies of Milestone titles (PS3, PC, Euro and US versions) but not anymore. Why try to support a company that doesn't care about it's customers. Can't say that MotoGP 14 was a disappointment because it was about as good as expected and that's not saying much. Same issues as always......A LACK OF EFFORT. and as such after 4 laps I just put the game away....