Project CARS is one of the most polarizing titles in the world of sim racing, ever since the title was first announced as a crowd-sourced title. The title faced a rocky launch as well, despite positive reviews by critics. Now, a month and a half after the release of Project CARS, the sequel has been announced.

Slightly Mad Studios is looking to expand on the success of Project CARS by adding a wealth of new features to the sequel. “Loose Surface Racing” will be a new addition to the sim, bringing racing on dirt, mud, snow, etc. A co-op career will allow friends to participate in a virtual career together, in more ways than one. For a full list of announced features, check out the list below:

  • THE LARGEST TRACK ROSTER EVER – 50 unique locations and 200+ courses including ‘loose surface racing’ on dirt, gravel, mud, and snow. All will have dynamic time of day and weather allowing you to play anytime, anywhere
  • THE WIDEST VARIETY OF MOTORSPORTS with 8 different disciplines now including Rallycross, Hillclimbs, and Touge. 200+ cars from over 40 different vehicle classes including never-before-seen Concepts and Banned Race Cars
  • CO-OP CAREER – Play as the Teammate Driver, Spotter, Driver Swap, or Co-Pilot. More choices, more opportunities, more strategy, greater risks and greater rewards
  • SEAMLESSLY CONNECTED – Socialize and compete via Online Track Days, have players from around the world take the place of AI-controlled drivers in your solo play, and get news updates on the Driver Network around you
  • PRO ESPORTS RACING – Skill & Behavioural-based matchmaking, create your own Online Racing Seasons, and Live Broadcast and Spectator functionality
  • YOUR HOME FOR RACING – Your own personal, customisable Test Track to tune and test your cars. Invite others to showcase your passion for racing and learn race craft and engineering with the Project CARS Academy

To be honest, this new title’s announcement does upset me quite a bit. It is well known that Project CARS is a flawed title, not even just by sim racing standards. Also, in the past, Ian Bell had alluded to the longevity of Project CARS, saying people wouldn’t need to worry about a “Project CARS 2” coming along for a while. Now it looks like focus has already shifted to the sequel, a month after the initial title’s released!

Now, a lot of people are stating that it’s “normal” to have a sequel worked on after the original title’s release. What isn’t normal is looking to the crowd-funding, especially a second time around. Given the success of PCARS, you would think that they’d have enough funding for a sequel (PCARS has sold over 1 million copies in a month and a half). However, the sequel’s crowd funding scheme is even more expensive than the original:

Bronze Level Funding – £50

Regular PC build access (usually daily) during development
Can read & post on the Project CARS 2 forum

Digital Standard Edition version of Project CARS 2 (PC)
Bronze Member playar avatar identification in-game
Exclusive Project CARS 2 Bronze Member wallpaper

 

Silver Level Funding – £75

Regular PC build access (usually daily) during development
Can read & post on the Project CARS 2 forum

Digital Limited Edition version of Project CARS 2 (your platform of choice)
Silver Member playar avatar identification in-game
Credits listing in the “Supported by…” section
Exclusive Project CARS 2 Silver Member wallpaper
Digital version of the Project CARS 2 soundtrack
Project CARS 2 poster

Gold Level Funding – £100

Regular PC build access (usually daily) during development
Can read & post on the Project CARS 2 forum
Holds 1 Game Design Votes

Premium Digital Edition version of Project CARS 2 (your platform of choice)
An AI opponent named after you
Gold Member playar avatar identification in-game
Credits listing in the “Special Thanks” section
Exclusive Project CARS 2 Gold Member wallpaper
Digital version of the Project CARS 2 soundtrack
Project CARS 2 “WMD Crew” shirt
Project CARS 2 poster

Platinum Level Funding – £1,000

Regular PC build access (usually daily) during development
Can read & post on the Project CARS 2 forum
Has access to an additional private Platinum sub-forum
Holds 10 Game Design Votes

Group dinner with the Slightly Mad Studios team and stay overnight at a London hotel
Signed Premium Edition version of Project CARS 2 (your platform of choice)
A race team in the game named after you
An AI opponent named after you
An advertising board with your graphics (must be PEGI 3) on it
A vehicle livery with your graphics on it
Platinum Member playar avatar identification in-game
Credits listing in the “WMD VIP” section
Exclusive Project CARS 2 Platinum Member wallpaper
Digital version of the Project CARS 2 soundtrack
Project CARS 2 “WMD VIP” shirt
Project CARS 2 Sticker Sheet
Project CARS 2 Car Vinyls
Project CARS 2 signed poster

Diamond Level Funding – £10,000

Regular PC build access (usually daily) during development
Can read & post on the Project CARS 2 forum
Has access to an additional private Diamond sub-forum
Holds 100 Game Design Votes

Michelin-starred dinner with the Head Of Studio plus all costs covered at a luxury hotel in London and a luxury weekend itinerary including use of a Ferrari 458 Spider!
A special wall plaque celebrating the launch of the game
Signed Premium Edition version of Project CARS 2 (your platform of choice)
An in-game calendar event sponsored by you
An in-game race suit designed for you
A race team in the game named after you
An AI opponent named after you
An advertising board with your graphics (must be PEGI 3) on it
A vehicle livery with your graphics on it
Diamond Member playar avatar identification in-game
Credits listing in the “WMD Elite” section
Exclusive Project CARS 2 Diamond Member wallpaper
Physical version of the Project CARS 2 soundtrack
Project CARS 2 “WMD Elite” jacket
Project CARS 2 “WMD Elite” shirt
Project CARS 2 Sticker Sheet
Project CARS 2 Car Vinyls
Project CARS 2 signed poster


 

The entry point for the original Project CARS was relatively benign, with a £10 entry point, but PCARS 2 will start at £50. Also, despite claims that there would likely not be any tiers above £100, we’re seeing £1,000 and £10,000 tiers. It’s kind of disappointing to see SMS go back on their claims, but let’s hope it may result in a better product.

One thing that MAY lead to a better racing title is the “Game Design Vote” system. It looks like that will be a system to get more community input. If it works as intended, I bet it will result in a better product.

More information will be revealed about Project CARS 2 as development begins, and continues. What are your thoughts on the sequel’s announcement? Let us know in the comments!

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