With the steady rise of eSports in recent years, it was only a matter of time before it became the norm to be featured in racing titles. Indeed the upcoming GT Sport centres around this aspect, and we can expect all the major racing titles to have some element of eSports included, Project CARS 2 is no exception.
Creative director Andy Tudor recently spoke to Redbull to explain more about what we can expect on the eSports front for the Project CARS sequel. Tudor explains that Project CARS 2 will have eSports built in from day one and will include a racing license which is great news for players whether you're interested in eSports or not.
"The key thing here is that we're now including a competitive racing license which is going to allow for players to progress in rankings online and also (even if you're not interested in eSports) it's going to help filter out people into the right matchmaking," said Tudor.
This is great news as you should be matched against similar drivers to you. If you are an aggressive driver you'll be paired with other aggressive drivers or if you prefer your action clean, you should be able to clock up a good number of clean races against like-minded people.
"Those people who start crashing at the first turn, or turning around and smacking into everyone, they will gradually get matched with people of similar ideas", stated Tudor. "The people who are really good at the game will get matched with people who are also really good at the game. So it's in everyone's interests to play well and try their hardest, because those people that reach the upper echelons of the racing system will likely be prime candidates for eSports events."
Project CARS 2 also adds broadcasting and director features on all platforms which will enable a director to add commentary and switch up the various camera viewpoints as he or she wishes. "so any online game created via a new game mode called Online Championships, anyone can find a director who is responsible for changing the camera angles, and they can assign a broadcaster who is responsible for streaming the actual thing to Twitch, and any voice communications they do (commentary) will be heard on the stream as well", explains Tudor.
This all means that anyone can create a championship, online league or tournament with one person doing the commentary while another directs the action, this, in theory at least, should open up eSports to the masses.
Currently Project CARS 2 has a release window of "late 2017" and will be made available for the PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. We'll have more on Project CARS 2 shortly.