Slightly Mad Studios officially launched Project CARS in May. And, Project CARS 2 has just been announced.

Project CARS was a crowdfunding success with $5 million raised for development. Slightly Mad Studios is embracing the funding platform again for Project CARS 2. The development team isn’t going through Kickstarter. They are using the WMD Portal crowdfunding platform.

Slightly Mad’s plans for Project CARS 2

The developer outlined their vision for Project CARS 2 in a blog post. More tracks, more features and more options.

Project CARS 2 will feature more than 200 courses across 50 unique locations. You’ll be sliding across any surface you can think of including dirt, gravel, mud and snow. Every track will have dynamic day/night cycle and weather.

Project CARS 2 will cater to every racing fan. Rallycross? Check. Hillclimbs? Check. Slightly Mad wants to deliver 200+ cars from more than 40 different vehicle classes.

How about joining a friend for some Rallycross? According to the blog post, “Play as the Teammate Driver, Spotter, Driver Swap, or Co-Pilot. More choices, more opportunities, more strategy, greater risks and greater rewards.”

The developer also highlighted a feature it’s calling Pro Esports Racing. Yeah. I doubt Project CARS 2 develops a massive competitive following. Still, live broadcasting and spectator functionality is always a plus. You can’t knock extra features.

Too Soon?

Today’s announcement is being met with some push back from fans. The main point of contention seems to be the timing of the announcement. Many gamers are arguing that Project CARS just came out, and it’s way too early to be announcing a sequel.

Ok. Slightly Mad Studios does address this a bit in their blog post. A schedule of “ON DEMAND” content continues to be in development according to the developer. This includes new features, updates and more.

I have two thoughts on this.

First, updates should be provided to Project CARS. If that happens, I’m good. Just don’t expect people to crowdfund your sequel if they think you have quickly abandoned a recent release.

Second, Project CARS 2 was just announced. Project CARS began development back in 2012. If Project CARS 2 is anything like the first one, it will be a couple of years before it comes out.

I understand your frustration about the quick sequel announcement. Slightly Mad Studios can turn this into a non-issue by pumping out ‘ON DEMAND’ content. If support for Project CARS wanes, the second round of crowdfunding won’t be as successful as the first.

Slightly Mad Studios is saying the right things; now they have to deliver.

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