If you’ve been following the upcoming racing simulator Project Cars by Slightly Mad Studios, you’ll remember that when the title was first announced, the Wii U and PC iterations were the ones being touted as the premiere versions. The game was implied to have dynamic physics and groundbreaking graphics never before seen on a modern Nintendo console and even more beautiful on PC. The community had hyped the game to such a degree, new and frustrated early Wii U adapters were feeling their pulses beat once again gaining faith in the Wii U which was suffering from massive software droughts after launch.
Fast forward to July 10, 2014 and Bandai Namco UK, the game’s distributor, has officially announced that the Wii U version will be delayed to 2015 at no specific time frame. The other versions, PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, are set to release in November 2014.
“Malarkey!” Is that the feeling you got when reading this news?
Many Nintendo fans are already jaded by the surge in third party support being pulled from the toddler-aged Wii U and now more of those sentiments are being displayed from publishers even after the public display of disgruntled fans on social media. There are many examples of multiplatform ports selling poorly on the Wii U due to being gimped, delayed, or lacking in support. Project Cars, a game that is guaranteed to be better or on par with the other versions is now also getting delayed and I don’t believe that the results are going to be positive.
Although likely a much better game, Project Cars will be labeled with the same disdain as Watch_Dogs, Rayman, and dare I say, Sniper Elite V2 on Wii U. This is not a good look.
For the sake of the Wii U having more opportunities for continued support and the welfare of the Slightly Mad Studios staff, I sincerely hope that they do everything they can to ensure that Project Cars has decent to moderate success. The Nintendo fanbase has been burned so often that it’s easy for them to turn a blind eye or to simply get a version on another system they own in fear that the Wii U version is tarnished or not happening altogether.
Here are a few screens I took from some comments from the community. Tough crowd.
Farore, Nayru, and Din help us all!