Project Cars is a rather stunning looking driving simulator. The game will finally get its release date for the XBOX One, PS4 and PC in the middle of next month, whereas the Wii U edition is still to receive a confirmed release date. Rather than taking the direction of the likes of The Crew, Forza or DriveClub, Project Cars seems to be the next big contender looking to take on the well established Gran Tursimo and Forza franchises.
Its predominant focus on realism is apparent in every gameplay video you can see. The attention to detail is extreme, as engines hum, car bodies shine and rain cascades across windshields. For those of you that love driving games, this looks like a real treat. But could Project Cars really have the engine power to overtake Gran Turismo and Forza, and more importantly, Gran Turismo 7?
Project Cars & Overtaking Gran Turismo
Project Cars is a really intriguing project, especially when it comes to funding. Funding for the game was raised by the community and the developers themselves, without the financial aid of a traditional publisher. Gamers around the world could contribute to the development of the game, and would thus receive Tool Packs which included content creation, QA and marketing media.
Members who contributed their hard earned money received shared profits that will be generated within the first 3 years following the launch of the game as compensation for their efforts. Essentially, if this game sells well, there will people out there getting a nice little bonus every months in their account. That sounds like a much nicer way to make a game.
This funding strategy has naturally led to a lot of delays for the game, and the final date for release is still unknown. Originally we were supposed to play the title tomorrow, but we'll be waiting a bit longer for Project CARS. But what exactly does it have under its bonnet that makes it stand out from its competitors?
What Makes Project Cars Stand Apart From Gran Turismo & Forza Motorsport?
The title is certainly replicating what Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport have done in the past. However, Project CARS will actually have an open world approach to races and tracks. You'll also be granted immediate access to the car list and every track in the game rather than having to unlock them.
Project CARS will portray racing events spanning multiple days, progressing from shakedown and qualifying runs to the race itself, while changes in weather and lighting conditions are simulated dynamically. AWESOME!!! There are over 67 drivable cars and over 52 race tracks (not including circuit layouts) confirmed to be included either in the first release or a following DLC.
But naturally, what will determine Project CARS overall worth, will be its handling. Thus, the ultimate decision will be left in the hands of the players. What do you think guys? Could Project CARS have what it takes to take on Forza and Gran Turismo? Could it outsell Gran Turismo 7 on its release date?!
We shall have to wait and see! But with a crowd sourced game, you always hope that the little guy can stand up to the man. Project CARS will hopefully receive its release date in May for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC. The Wii U will follow some months later.