Project CARS 2 to be released in September 2017 with strong focus on VR experience

Project CARS 2 will be released in September 2017, according to Slightly Mad Studios CEO, Ian Bell. The info came as an answer on the Project CARS 2 official online forum, where one user asked: “It sounds like we are getting pretty close now (7 months of QA would mean potentially a late July/early August possible release? Still inline wiht your original target.). When can we expect to hear about pre-order details. I am already throwing my money against my PC screen in hopes you will receive it”.

Ian Bell, the CEO answered: “It’s still a very tight run as we’re a bit behind on GUI and Career so nothing is set in stone yet. Current guess is Septemberish.”

The month isn’t set in stone of course, but the fact the CEO has stated a rough estimation for release means that they have progressed with the game according to plans. The first Project CARS came in 2015 and has been a huge success since.

In another forum post, Ian Bell also posted: “We have rewritten the rendering system. We have added multiple newly written and very important modules to the physics, drivetrain, differential and tire modeling systems. The FFB system is now much more intuitive and comes with presets. The handling is transformed, in a very very good way. I’m biased I know but right now in the latest build I have, those cars that have all of the new systems in place have raised the bar for simulation… and this is before they are polished.”

Based on the CEO’s own words, Project CARS 2 is going to be an even more exciting game, that will maybe even be able to evolve from simcade status to a true simulator.

What’s more, virtual reality will have an even more important role in Project CARS 2. According to this Gamingbolt interview, Slightly Mad Studios, the developer behind PC, has serious plans for VR. As they said last year: “we’ve already started work on Project CARS 2, so I think having played the game in virtual reality, it’s fair to say that we won’t be going back from VR- every game that we work on in the future potentially may support VR in some form. So that means definitely as we begin work on Project CARS 2, we’re already thinking of what is the VR experience going to be like for this particular game? So that can go through absolutely everything, so at the moment, we’re concentrating on the gameplay being a VR experience, and now we’re starting to think of what is the outside of the gameplay experience – like browsing your career menu – going to look like? How do you do Photo Mode in VR? How do you do replay cameras in VR? How do you browse your garage in VR? Things like that. So it’s certainly a different mindset, and if it works for VR, it’s likely to work for non VR experiences as well, and be a fantastic experience there.”

Project CARS 2 will be released around fall 2017, most likely in September time, and will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. There is no information about the supported VR headsets at the moment, but we really hope that PlayStation VR will be among them.