Last month, Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell confirmed that Project Cars 2 would release later this year and would once again feature all of the top car brands in the world. Now, publisher Bandai Namco has released an announcement trailer for Project Cars 2, showing the game in action for the first time.
Project Cars 2 will ship with more than 170 cars and 60 tracks, a new Online Championships mode and feature racing on a variety of different terrain, including dirt, mud, snow, and ice, according to a Bandai Namco press release. Additional enhancements will include precise car physics, realistic AI and dynamic seasonal weather effects. But the most impressive feature may be the game’s support for “12K resolution graphics.” To be clear, there’s not actually a 12K monitor coming to a retailer near you anytime soon, but Project Cars 2 will pull off the feat by running in a panoramic mode across three 4K monitors positioned side by side. If by some chance that isn’t enough immersion, the game will also support virtual reality headsets.
Taking a glance at the trailer, Project Cars 2 will feature notable powerhouses like the Acura NSX, Nissan GT-R GT3 and McLaren 650S GT3, while courses will include the Fuji Speedway and a famous street circuit located in Long Beach, California. Project Cars 2 does look visually impressive and realistic, much like the original game, but it remains to be seen if this sequel will be friendlier to casual gamers than its predecessor. Game Rant gave Project Cars a positive review back in 2015, but also said the title “may lose many gamers due to its lack of tutorials and basic training.”
Out of all of the new features coming to the game, Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad Studios put the most emphasis on the game’s updated weather systems and a new technology that Slightly Mad calls “Livetrack 3.0.” The feature will add real-time weather simulation that will have a direct impact on the track surface, along with dynamic time-of-day and seasonal effects. In other words, gamers might start a race on a dry and clear track but then suddenly have to adjust to deteriorating conditions due to an incoming rainstorm.
The game is currently slated for release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, but the game’s creative director Andy Tudor also confirmed in an interview with Red Bull that the game is not likely to see release on the Nintendo Switch. The first Project Cars was originally supposed to have a Wii U version but Slightly Mad ran into problems during development and then ultimately canceled the port, stating that the system was not powerful enough.
Project Cars 2 will release on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One this fall. The first Project Cars is available for free this month to Xbox Games With Gold subscribers.