Slightly Mad Studios Cancels Project CARS for Wii U

I can’t say that this comes as much of a surprise, but Slightly Mad Studios has announced today that the upcoming Wii U version of Project CARS has sadly been cancelled, the reasons being that the current hardware just isn’t up to scratch.

In a statement, Slightly Mad’s creative director Andy Tudor said:

Despite much perseverance on the Wii U version of Project CARS we will no longer be actively pursuing development on it as the quality does not meet our own high standards nor our intended vision for the title on this platform.

We eagerly look forward to any announcement of further hardware from Nintendo but right now Project CARS is simply too much for Wii U despite our very best efforts.

Apologies to our Nintendo fans out there that have been waiting for further news on this but have no desire to release a product that isn’t at the very least comparable with our highest-rated versions on other platforms. We optimistically look forward therefore to what the future may hold.

Slightly Mad’s struggle with Project CARS on Wii U became apparent when a forum post from the studio revealed that they may have to wait until Nintendo announces their next gaming hardware, Codename NX.

It seems the Wii U just isn’t built for the high fidelity racing sim that Slightly Mad released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC earlier this year.

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Yup: April 2013: “What we´re going to make sure is that the Wii U version is not the worst one, it won´t be a crappy version. We want people to get the game and say `Holy s***, that looks amazing!´” SOURCE: December 2013: “The Wii U is more than capable of providing the core Project CARS experience. Sure, some super-high-level graphical effects may not be possible but in comparison it also offers a unique interaction experience via the GamePad controller, with the second screen potentially becoming your track map overview, rear-view mirror, telemetry, or simply mimicking a real race… Read more »