Project Cars Signs Worldwide Distribution Deal With Bandai Namco

Slightly Mad Studios’ self-described “most technically-advanced racing game on the planet” lands a distributor.

Bandai Namco Games Europe S.A.S. has announced it will distribute Slightly Mad Studios’ racing game Project Cars globally.

Slightly Mad Studios, which previously worked on racing games like Need for Speed: Shift, and World of Speed, describes Project Cars as “the most authentic, beautiful, intense, and technically-advanced racing game on the planet.”

It is due to launch this November for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Steam OS, and Wii U, but didn’t have a distribution deal in place until now.

“We are tremendously happy to be collaborating with Slightly Mad Studios on this promising title, in which community expectations are fusing with racers’ expertise to craft the next generation of simulation!” Bandai Namco Games Europe’s VP Third Parties Alberto González Lorca said in a statement.

Project Cars, which started as a crowdfunded project on Slightly Mad Studios’ World of Mass Development platform, will support the Oculus Rift as well as Sony's virtual reality headset for PS4, Project Morpheus.

For more on Project Cars, check out GameSpot’s previous coverage.

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metallinatus
metallinatus

And just like that this becomes the first Bandai Namco game ever to drop on Linux.... and from day 1!

I will get it for Wii U too, and then, after a good sale, on Steam as well.

Vodoo
Vodoo

As long as Namco-Bandai don't try to Jap it up like their Ridge Racer games, and let the dev do their own thing, then it should turn out awesome. But publishers have a way of forcing their ideas onto devs.

hitomo
hitomo

grid.3 looks awesome ... no, wait

seanwil545
seanwil545

Time for a new PC/PS4 compatible steering wheel I'm thinking.

Fanatec Motorsport should be the ticket, just waiting to hear if it works on PS4.

prime_l
prime_l

Please be good!

I missed out on GT6 because I didn't have a PS3 and I refuse to pay the current price for PlayStation Now. Also, since I got a PS4 instead of Xbox One, I can't play Forza 5. Drive Club looks uninspired (Although I could be wrong) and The Crew has my attention, but I'm waiting to try the driving out before I decide.

I'm just soooo bored of Need for Speed... Racing on PS4 kind of blows at the moment.

Rachit1
Rachit1

The game looks just simple Awesome... guess i'll buy it if it turns up to my expectations

arduouss
arduouss

For some of you guys who have clearly not used any racing simulators on PC. There are many that are top of the line. iRacing, and Race 07 are two of the best racing simulations on the planet. Hopefully Project Cars will top both. We will see.

Archangel2222
Archangel2222

I hope this game gets good reviews because I am keen to buy this from early glimpses but am waiting for reviews first like always. if it delivers cool day 2 buy for me hahaha

alcatraz5953
alcatraz5953

Finally a game on PC to compete with Gran Turismo and Forza? (Don't even mention GRID) 

Looking forward to it, albeit a bit sceptically

MN121MN
MN121MN

Hmm.. seems like Namco Bandai wants to enter the car racing simulation market... Potentially to compete with GT or Forza? Unlikely though.

ahpuck
ahpuck

It's a good time to be a gamer if you're into racing games.

CrazyLuquinhas
CrazyLuquinhas

Actually loving this. I think this is the Racing Simulator that will put PC on the map. I know there are some of them on Steam that are pretty cool, but they're still on beta or Early Access and this one being distributed by a major brand is something to note.

nikon133
nikon133

Two things I expect from this game:

1. To be awesome (it sure looks like it can deliver)

2. To kick some Polyphony Digital a*s around. While I enjoyed both GT5 and GT6, I really found hard to accept that last GT on PS3 still has standard cars upscaled from GT4 on PS2. C'mon. I don't give a crap how smart upscaling is, cars still look horrible compared to premium cars. And that cheap attempt to mask them by hiding standard/premium option visibility in munus... cheap. GT6 drive model was best so far - but they should have dropped Standard cars, recreate extra 100 - 200 cars in premium, and call it a day. I'd be more happy with game featuring 500 - 600 premium cars than with the game featuring 400 premium and 800 standard cars, huge number of them being slight modifications of same cars anyway.

So yeah. With this and DriveClub, I hope PD will get off their lazy "we're at the top of the world" horse and make GT7 really amazing, no compromise game. No standard cars, no imported tracks with blurry textures and cardboard trees, everything in the game done for PS4 capabilities.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

The devs pulled a nasty April Fools gag on us when they added the EA Sports it's in the game logo into the load screen back in April, man I thought I was in the Twilight Zone, but it goes to show how cool and aware that the SMS devs are about the darker side of gaming which is EA.

OGKNav
OGKNav

Welp, there goes that.

jecomans
jecomans

Regardless of whether the game is good, or it can stand up to the claims it makes about itself, I just wonder; how many more racing games can the console market support?

charlievo
charlievo

“the most authentic, intense”   Wait this is MOH ? wtf it's not.


first the new COD copy the words, and now this game too.  Pathetic.  

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

That's not bad.....at least it's not EA or Activision....

I'm sure Slightly Mad Studios is still in control of development and Bandai/Namco is simply publishing....

Halloll
Halloll

game over man, game over.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Most technically advanced racing game on the planet??? LOLOLOLOL. Not even. iRacing and Assetto Corsa beat them to it.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

hmmm as long as bandai namco doesn't try to pull any tricks I think we'll be fine. I am worried still. If namco and bandai hadn't merged, that lame excuse of an ace combat game, assault horizons and that F2P AC rehash infinity would have probably never come out

foxrock66
foxrock66

Wish I still liked racing games. Seem to be some interesting ones coming out soon

rasterror
rasterror

Between this, Horizon 2, and the Crew, my love for racing games is gonna be highly satisfied.

West123
West123

@arduouss gosh those games...and what if i want to drive a standard M5 around a track? race car sims are not the same as forza or gt those games do everything 

Atrax2k8
Atrax2k8

@alcatraz5953 You guys don't seriously consider Forza and GT to be racing simulator games, do you? I mean, those are some really good and fun games, but please, they have so much hidden driving assists it's just silly. We are talking racing simulators here, so the only games you can compare this to are titles like Race07, GTR, iRacing and such. Assetto Corsa should be awesome too.

Not that I'm bashing these games for consoles, I absolutely love the new Forza, but we're mixing things here. If you want to compare them in terms of commercial success, that's fine, but as type of games they are not comparable.

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

@alcatraz5953 I've been wanting a PC game in the vein of Gran Turismo for years. Can't wait for this.

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@MN121MN No, it seems more like Namco Bandai saw a chance to make a quick buck by picking up distributing rights for a nearly completed game that they didn't have a part in developing (i.e., it hasn't cost them a penny yet).


I don't get some of the negativity on here. It's not like SMS went with EA or Activision. It seems they went with a smaller publisher that would allow SMS to operate on their own terms. Besides, the game is nearly completed. It's been independently developed. What kind of negative impact could NB possibly have at this point? I could see most of the sales being digital via Steam, XBLive, and PSN anyway.

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

@MN121MN  gt takes forever AND cuts corner. forza is just scummy so this is good. 

gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

@nikon133 You forgot the audio issues PD has had too.


They've been on the high horse since GT4, and frankly Forza overtook them last gen. I don't see Project Cars pushing them any more than Forza could. The last two GTs weren't even fun. The "campaign" and interface were completely lifeless. 


Unless PD makes some sweeping changes to the series, I'm probably skipping GT7 and just sticking with Project Cars on my PS4.


thiefblows
thiefblows

@berserker66666 you both are complete fools!! project cars blows every racing game to date or being released soon out of the water. by far the most detailed and advanced racing game. u can see the bolts and screws on the engine through the tire wells that's how accurate it ids. watch the trailer and some utube game[play if you dont think its badass.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@berserker66666 Assetto Corsa might beat them once it comes out of beta.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@foxrock66 I wouldn't feel too bad there is only an increase in the number of racers because the number of "social racers" has started to hit. The open world MMO type games. Those will either explode and everyone will be playing them or they will fail horribly and every one will be asking "What is The Crew again?". You can always just wait a few months to see how they turn out.

bldgirsh
bldgirsh

Don't forget to check out Asetto Corsa.

alcatraz5953
alcatraz5953

@hermitkiller Why bitter? Am I not allowed to want a decent racing game on PC? 

Or are racing games only allowed on console? 

If you don't game on PC you're not a gamer 

;)

coinsage46m3
coinsage46m3

@Atrax2k8 @alcatraz5953  So you're saying Forza/GT are not racing sims because they have "hidden" driver assists?  I cannot speak for GT as I'm a Forza man but....you mean the assists that aren't actually hidden at all and can be toggled on or off?  Hmmm...


So, turn off the assisted braking, braking/accel lines, ABS, TC, SC, and turn steering to simulation and boom...you've got a racing sim. Throw a good steering wheel set in and you've got the entire racing sim package.  That's how I drive. MANY out there would agree.  Not to mention Forza's physics engine is one of the best in the business at making cars feel real-world.


These not so hidden assists are only there so noobs will buy the game.  I guarantee Project Cars will have most of these assists.  So actually these games are completely comparable.

xxdazzed
xxdazzed

@veryDERPY @MN121MN Forza is the best at the moment but I can't wait to see the review for this game. Its safe to say that Forza is the standard now so if the rating is not equal or higher then its not worth buying. 

Vodoo
Vodoo

Forza is "scummy?" Is that the technical term for a top-of-the-line racing franchise?

nikon133
nikon133

@gokartmozart89 @nikon133  I enjoyed driving in GT6, for whatever reason dash view felt much more natural than GT5... and older GTs didn't have dash at all... but there were too many leftovers across the game to remind me of it's legacy, and not in a best way.

As to your question. Forza might have bettered GT - can't say, didn't have X360 - but GT was still the racer to go to on PS3. I enjoyed Motor Storms, Dirts, Grids and various NFSs, but GT was the one on PS3 throne. If DC and PC deliver, however, the ball is in GTs home turf, their territory is being invaded. Now if THAT is not something to give them extra push, maybe it is time for them to park.

rasterror
rasterror

@bldgirsh Why did you have to remind me of another game. I might try to get it now on Steam. Thanks.