Project CARS Has A Release Date Again Again Again Again

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November, March, April, May. Slightly Mad’s extremely pretty racing game Project CARS [official site] has just named its latest date, and while the temptation to add a pinch of the old sodium chloride to this is there, perhaps the fact that May 8th (reports Eurogamer) is a mere three weeks away suggests this is actually, really, honestly happening this time.

In the grand pantheon of game slippages, six and bit months of waiting really isn’t much, so let’s not file CARS alongside Duke Nukem Forever or Half-Life 3 just yet. Reassuringly, there’s been plenty of recent activity around the game, including sticking the official soundtrack on Spotify and the unusual news of a graphics settings menu in the console versions, so I’m guessing that latest date is bona fide.

As not much of a racing game player myself, I’m mainly in this for straight-up car porn. I might even dust off the old Oculus DK2 for it, as apparently it supports it natively. Then I can watch myself immediately veer off the road and plough into a barrier in MIND-BLOWING SENSES-SHATTERING VIRTUAL REALITY.

While Steam is still listing simply ‘mid-May’ rather than the concrete date, it does have a big pre-order button, if that’s your reckless bag.


  1. Runty McTall says:

    a) I plan on getting an HTC Vive when they release later this year.
    b) I really want a decent driving game to play it with (in-cockpit view, to go with my steering wheel / pedals (I’m contemplating some form of rumble chair, for even more immersion!)
    c) Do you think this will support the Vive?
    d) Generally speaking, to what extent do you think support for the Occulus will imply support for the Vive (and other putative VR systems)?

    Erm, thanks.

    • Runty McTall says:

      Eugh, there’s a hanging open bracket on c) there – sorry!

      • Runty McTall says:

        I mean on b) – oh good grief for edit functionality :(

        • wu wei says:

          You’ve just turned all other comments into a parenthetical aside.

    • SIDD says:

      for now, I reckon it’s all down to speculation, but considering that Valve already played a part in the development of the Oculus, I believe Vive and Oculus will be cross-compatible to a great extend.

    • remon says:

      You should maybe try Assetto Corsa too.

      • P.Funk says:

        Maybe he and all the others should just buy all the (worthwhile) racing sims. There really aren’t that many.

        There is this plague in the sim racing community. Its the “one sim to rule them all” syndrome.

        • Smoky_the_Bear says:

          Wait, you mean that MY game doesn’t have to be the only one that’s worthwhile playing? That we can play multiple games in the same genre and enjoy them all? Heresy! Blasphemy!
          Next you’ll be telling me the world isn’t flat.

      • zarthrag says:

        GRID Autosport has some of the best DK2 support I’ve seen so far. I couldn’t believe the framerate. (Buttery on my 780Ti.)

    • Synesthesia says:

      I’m hoarding cockpit games like there’s no tomorrow, waiting for exactly that.

    • Runty McTall says:

      Thanks all, I’ll check these out.)

  2. P.Funk says:

    I’m mostly looking forward to this release purely to enjoy the inevitable Empty Box review where he’ll no doubt piss all over the fan boys while giving the game a fair shake.

  3. fish99 says:

    HL3 hasn’t technically ‘slipped’ since it was never announced, and still to this day may never have been under active development. HL2 EP3 has certainly slipped though.