Sad news for Nintendo fans who were awaiting the Wii U version of Slightly Mad’s racing simulator, Project CARS, as both the developer and publisher have announced it’s cancellation due to the game being “simply too much for the Wii U.”
The news broke today when in an interview with Nintendo Life, in which the head of Slightly Mad Studios, Ian Bell, said “The official line is that we’re awaiting an announcement from Nintendo on new hardware.”
Bandai Namco had a similar, yet more formal statement released shortly after citing problems with the power on the hardware.
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.
While this is depressing for racing fans on looking forward to the realistic racer on Nintendo’s console, it doesn’t come as a surprise. Back in May, Bell commented on the progress of the Wii U version, citing that the game was facing difficulties and was running at 23 fps and 780p resolution.
Slightly Mad is now moving forward with a crowd-funded sequel to Project CARS which is looking to raise up to $10.7 million dollars to develop.