Project CARS

Project CARS is still in development for Wii U but it seems Slightly Mad Studios has ran into some problems

One of the main appeals for some people with Project CARS was it’s expected launch for the Wii U, but for a while now Slightly Mad Studios’ comments on the Nintendo release have been a little.. withheld. Now however, the developer has come clean and it seems that they’ve run into a few problems and are really hoping Nintendo announce some hardware news at E3.

It’s looking like more and more bad news for those hoping for Project CARS on the Wii U. Slightly Mad Studios boss Ian Bell has answered a few questions about the release in the game’s forums, and it seems things just aren’t going well for Nintendo’s latest home console.

OK I’ll come clean. At the moment we’re running at about 23FPS [at 720p] on the WiiU.

We’re awaiting/hoping for more of a hardware announcement at E3…

…Honestly, unless we really cut the looks back I think we’re looking to Nintendo’s next console.

…I suppose if they don’t announce something at E3 or soon after we will have a go at it.

All in all, it’s not looking great. And considering Nintendo has already revealed that they have no plans to announce any news on their next gaming device, Codename NX, Bell responded with the following:

…We could reach a fairly solid 30FPS [on Wii U] but it might take a hell of a lot of work. On the other hand, about halfway through us finishing, Nintendo might announce a new console (I have zero knowledge on this BTW but I’ve heard ‘rumours’). Our work might just be the best thing that ever hit that new console in the driving sim genre.

So we’re playing a waiting game at the moment and yes, economics do come in to it.

Unfortunately this sheds a pretty bad light on the future of the game on Wii U, with doubts being cast that the 2015 window may not be reached. These comments also suggest that the Wii U version is still in the very early stages of development. With Slightly Mad Studios wanting to get the Wii U version on par with the game on other platforms, it’s looking increasingly inevitable that the game might be delayed further until Nintendo reveals plans on the future of its system and whether Codename NX is powerful enough to run such a game.

Thanks, Nintendo Life.

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