Update: Forza Motorsport 7, not Project CARS 2 or Gran Turismo Sport won Best Racing Game at E3 2017’s Game Critics Awards.
It seems as though the Project CARS 2 developers are very confident in their product. In a recent interview, Slightly Mad Studios’ Andy Tudor said that other racing games, in particular Forza Motorsport 7, were playing catch-up to Project CARS. Tudor used the example of dynamic weather and 4K resolution. When asked where he thought Project CARS 2 stood in terms of the competition, he said:
“No, not really. Which sounds kind of bold and a bit arrogant, but no, because finally…we’ve been making racing games for a very long time, and we’ve always been nipping at the heels of like the big brands that are out there. But this time around it’s a bit of a different situation, they’re actually playing catch up with us in many respects…You might have seen another racing game out there (Forza Motorsport 7) has just announced dynamic weather, well, if you remember back Project CARS had that back in 2015. The ability to now play in 4K, well again, if you remember back and rewind to previous interviews with me, you could play Project CARS in 12K. And it’s the same thing here. Please go and play…come back and tell me that we’re not the most technically advanced racing game.”
While I agree with the fact that Project CARS did a lot when it comes to simulation mechanics, dynamic weather and pushing the boundaries of resolution, it was an absolute travesty on Xbox One. The game had so many bugs when it first came out, in particular with lighting. Shadows would flicker. There were also a lot of performance issues when you started the game. It’s funny how Tudor forgot about that. Either ways, we’ll see what happens when Forza Motorsport 7 and Project CARS 2 go head to head in a few months. We’ll have a definitive winner soon enough.