Wii U Version of Gorgeous Racing Game Project Cars Launching Months After Xbox One/PS4

Slightly Mad confirms Wii U iteration arriving in 2015, while Xbox One and PS4 versions will be available this November.

The Wii U version of Slightly Mad Studios' gorgeous racing game Project Cars--which the developer calls the "most authentic" racing game ever--will launch in 2015, months after the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions. The developer confirmed the news today.

"We're committed to delivering an exceptional and unique experience for racing fans on Wii U and for this we kindly ask our devoted and passionate Nintendo fans for a little more time in order to ensure the game delivers on our vision of being the most authentic, beautiful, and technically-advanced racing game on any platform," publisher Bandai Namco said in a statement to Eurogamer.

Concerns about the status of the Wii U version of Project Cars began to surface earlier this year, as no gameplay footage from this version has been shown to date.

Project Cars supports virtual reality headsets Oculus Rift and, on the PS4, Sony's Project Morpheus. Slightly Mad says playing Project Cars in virtual reality will allow you to "really feel" what it's like to sit in the driver's seat of a car you can probably never afford.

Slightly Mad has not held back in boasting about Project Cars. In addition to speaking about the game as the "most authentic" racing game ever, the studio describes the game as the "most authentic, beautiful, and technically advanced racing game on the planet."

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Nuvendil
Nuvendil

So let me get this straight.  For almost two years, development of the Wii U version has -  according to Slightly Mad Studios - been going very smoothly, it has been on track, and they have guaranteed it will release alongside the other versions.  Then they sign with Namco Bandai and literally DAYS LATER they suddenly have "issues" with developing for the Wii U and have to delay it for months.  Even though it was a year or so ahead of the PS4 and Xbox One versions.  This is simply them selling out to the whims of a big publisher, plain and simple.  Which they have NO right to do since they are a community funded project that received support from the fans - including Wii U owners.  The Wii U community has been supportive and has shown sizable interest in this game.  And they have gone around sweet talking Wii U oriented news outlets this whole time.  And yet now that they have their new friends at Namco, they decide to just let them dictate where they release what, regardless of how it shafts their supporters.  Apparently they decided to sell their balls in a package deal with those distribution rights.  But the most ironic part?  The version they delayed was the one that was going to have free reign in an uncontested market as the only racing sim on Wii U.  The PS4 and Xbox One versions are going to have to contend with an already established and successful franchise (Forza Horizon), a hyped up PS4 exclusive (Drive Club), and one of the most hyped up racing games I have ever seen (The Crew).  So there's good odds that Project CARS will do weak on PS4, piss-poor on Xbox One, and - thanks to this delay - poorly on Wii U.  So congratulations Slightly Mad.  You sold out to Namco and now their idiotic strategy is going to shaft your sales.  Have fun with that. 


PS:  No I do not own a Wii U nor am I a "Nintend fanboy."  I just hate seeing independent, community funded developers betray their roots and their backers.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

will buy it just for the ariel atom. My PC can't run it BTW. I don't have DX11

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

oh ah looks good especially when you tilt your head left/right and see competitors through window in first person view. Never seen it in other racing games and was disappointed for Forza 5 not including this feature

sakaixx
sakaixx

can't wait to see the weather system haha

blackace
blackace

Game looks incredible. Can't wait to play this.

dazedman00
dazedman00

Why the hell do these studios think it's a good idea to not release the games all together? If the wii u version was complete would it have been released first, of course not. That's what freaking kills me. Third parties want nintendo support how about show those that have nintendo system some damn respect. In the end I do not care as I will be too busy with all my other games that are being released... B2, toads treasure, hyrule warriors, SSB, splatoon and zelda.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I suppose that it would take some doing to squeeze this game onto the Wii U. The PS4, Xbox one, and PC are somewhat similar. But with the Wii U using Power PC tech and Without an HDD does impact the timing of some game releases. Would be nice if this developer could use that gamepad in a creative way. Project cars could be a defining racing/driving sim of the 8th generation.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I'm looking forward to it. Take your time. I'll play the hell out of it when my addiction to Captain Toad goes down and until Zelda U comes out. 

skullscience77
skullscience77

Seems obvious to me, they are concentrating on X86 initially.  I foresee this to be a regular thing with Wii U when it does get a multi-plat. Watch Dogs is doing the same.  In essence the PS4, XB1 and PC are just one version which are then optimised to the ability of the platform whereas Wii U with Power PC architecture would require further coding separate to that of the others.  Being from a small dev I kind of see this as a bonus for Wii U as the title may not be what we hoped and any initial failings would, hopefully be addressed in Wii U version.  It would have been so easy for Slightly Mad to can this altogether back in the day but they didn't make a hasty decision, unlike other devs.  Recent sales show what a sensible decision that was.

Celsius765
Celsius765

I'm beginning to understand the cow term that's what these third party developers think gamers are and then they cry and wonder why their game didn't do well on a certain platforms. You can only backhand your customers so many times before they stop buying your stuff

VegasAceVII
VegasAceVII

After seeing Mario Kart 8; the Wii U clearly has more power than we ever expected.  I don't think it will look as nice as the Ps4 or Xbox One counterparts, but I bet it will be close enough.

Legend002
Legend002

Anyone going to actually get this on the Wii U? Beside the 5 of you....

Tranula
Tranula

Il just download a Wii-U emulator and play this on my gaming P.C.  BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

SunSpot
SunSpot

Love it, loving it, loved it. Great that devs finally realised the Wii U is a nice platform to launch on. And dont call it an inferior machine. It got the games I want to play, I got a Ps4, Wii, Ps3 and a 3DS and a damn expensive gaming PC. 


Spend most of my time with the Wii U.

Chico86_basic
Chico86_basic

As usual it's just incredible the amount of people finding excuses to bash the WiiU just because the game will release a few months later. It's not the first to be delayed on the console and it won't be the last. Seriously, why do you even bother to post if you don't care?

sdinh225
sdinh225

Fine by me, I wouldn't get it on the Wii U either way. Already got enough of racing on the Wii U with MK8.

ecurl143
ecurl143

You really shouldn't be playing a game like this on an inferior machine like the Wi-U but the headline says it all really.

If you're unfortunate enough to own a Wi-U, you're going to have to wait at least a year before getting your hands on this title - pretty sad really.

pez2k_
pez2k_

@Nuvendil Selling out to a publisher? Bandai Namco are just the distributor, ie. they manufacture the discs and get them to retail. Now they're saying they won't have discs at retail for November, only for the version that has to be specifically approved by Nintendo. There's not really much leeway in there.


As for sales, I'm not sure that an indie developer with a 3.75M Euro budget will actually be disappointed if they're outsold by two big name first-party exclusive games with near-unlimited funds. The Wii U sales estimates aren't particularly huge either, it's about giving Nintendo fans a racer, not making tons of money.

pez2k_
pez2k_

@PETERAKO There is a DX9 renderer in the development builds at least, and the SteamOS port will run OpenGL.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I think Forza 5 does have it with the right stick. I could be wrong because I drive in 3rd person view.

JacketsNest101
JacketsNest101

@Megavideogamer As has already been stated, flash memory is better than magnetically stored memory. Flash memory is non-volatile and generally known as solid state, HDD's use magnetic storage and thus are highly volatile. The volatility of magnetically stored memory, along with the price point, is probably why Nintendo chose flash memory.

JoSilver
JoSilver

@Megavideogamer You see that argument would be 100 percent the case if it weren't for the fact that they were working on the Wii U version long before they decided to port it to the PS4 and Xbox One. Also the Wii U does have a hard drive if not a small one.

JacketsNest101
JacketsNest101

@bunchanumbers You do realize that taking this crap from devs is the reason they continue to do this, right? I we as a gaming community want to send a message to SMS and BN, we ensure that this game does not sell at all, and we tell why.

pez2k_
pez2k_

@Celsius765 The game was, and still is, funded and directed by players. Adopting the PS4 and XB1 was the result of a fan vote, the car and track lists were influenced by our choices, and the funders will even receive a share in the profits.

Suggesting that Slightly Mad are trying to 'backhand their customers' fundamentally misunderstands the background of this game and the World of Mass Development model.

ecurl143
ecurl143

@VegasAceVII Are you seriously trying to compare the Wi-U with the power of a PS4  and XBOX1?

hystavito
hystavito

@Legend002 I was to going to say, how many WiiU owners would really want a game like this?

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@Legend002 I'll be one of the 5. Then when its a collectors item I can say I have one of the five. 

Celsius765
Celsius765

@Legend002 I would but these devs seem so keen to slap their customers in the face these days no matter what platform you choose

fig56
fig56

Instead of buying it for PC your going to get an emulator? How the hell does that make any sense at all? I smell a TR0LL!

fig56
fig56

@xsonicchaos  how do you know? have you seen it? or you just another tr0ll?

amk11
amk11

@ecurl143 It's been confirmed that the Wii U version of the game will be running mostly on par with the PS4 and One.. So I suggest you rephrase your wording

skullscience77
skullscience77

@ecurl143 What about if you are unfortunate enough to be a judgmental PC elitist or brand loyalist?  I guess there is no cure.  A hopeless case.  But hey, I guess you know better than the devs.. right?

pez2k_
pez2k_

@ecurl143 At least a year? 2015 is around six weeks after the game will likely launch on PC, PS4 and XB1. I don't forsee a delay anywhere near that long seeing as the game is already up and running and mostly complete on Wii U.

hiba_mario
hiba_mario

@ecurl143  what do you mean by 'unfortunate' ? No matter how good a game is project cars or the likes of Halos or Uncharteds but it is a fact that if you want a taste of Nintendo's magic than you got to have a Wii U.

And being a Wii U owner, i don't regret this one bit

Nuvendil
Nuvendil

@pez2k_ @Nuvendil  Dude, you just defined "video game publisher." :P  And if you think Nintendo is stone walling a racing sim, you're reaching.  This is the same thing every single publisher is pulling with the Wii U and it's disgusting that an indie team is getting in on it. 


And I don't mean being outsold.  I mean severely weak sales.  They are competing with three big name games that are beating them to market.  The Wii U would have been an open environment and they could have take advantage of the November rush much more effectively on Wii U as a result.  Bandai Namco just has their head up their own rear like most 3rd party publishers who keep trying to "test" the waters of the Wii U with games already out on other consoles, over-priced old game ports, and games that have pointlessly stripped features. 

Gazz64
Gazz64

@ecurl143 I don't understand your statement? of course its a comparison. If you only have one object its called an observation. Therefore to make a comparison you need at least two objects.

pez2k_
pez2k_

@asulaeagle @pez2k_ @Celsius765 And they'll still be getting a game, and a cut of the profits of the PC, PS4 and XB1 sales while they wait the extra few weeks for their free Wii U copy. SMS will give any backer a full refund if they're upset by this change.

ecurl143
ecurl143

@Gazz64 Well in that case, let me explain it to you in easy bite sized chunks.


1) PS4 & XBOX1 very powerful.

1) Wi-U not as powerful.


Sorry if that was a little long winded but I try to keep things simple

fig56
fig56

Thanks for answering my question tr0ll.

Gazz64
Gazz64

@ecurl143 @amk11 Does Mario Kart 8 run at 1080p 60fps on your PC? probably not. So this won't look as great as the PS4 if you press your face against your 42" HD TV (it'll show on the 51" 600mhz sub mask plasma, but hey) but at least it will be on the WiiU and play just as well.

Nuvendil
Nuvendil

@pez2k_ @asulaeagle @Celsius765  I think the upsetting part of this is the fact that either 1) they have been lying all along with their statements that the Wii U version was on track or 2) they sold out to Namco Bandai and are letting THEM dictate who gets what when.  The latter to me seems more likely since this announcement happened days after they signed the deal with them.  And the idea that Wii U owners are getting prioritized lower not because the devs actually need more time but because some suit and his "market analyst" goons at a big publisher say so is understandably upsetting for Wii U owners and backers in general.  It's not about money.  It's about principle.   

ecurl143
ecurl143

@Gazz64 Listen dude, I think you're having trouble accepting certain truths here by glossing over the facts with silly observations and other nonsense.

Bottom line is basically, the Wi-U is an inferior piece of hardware compared to even a low end PC, never mind the PS4 & XBOX1 - it just can't compete. That's really all I have to say on the matter really.



illuminatedm1nd
illuminatedm1nd

@ecurl143 I have a gaming computer with 32 gb of ram, i7 processor with octa core oc'ed to 4.5ghz and a titan video card on top of all that. And guess what? I LOVE the wii u, its not about power, thats where fanyboys like you get it all twisted. It has NEVER been about the hardware and specs of a system and it has always been about the games. You are basing you opinions on what? Have you EVER even played Mario kart? Super smash? Mario party? Bayonetta? Zelda? Donkey Kong? Have you ever played any of these games? Probably not, otherwise your opinion of the wii u would not be so biased and ill informed. But keep arguing about the power side of the system. Makes you look brilliant.