Slightly Mad Studios, the developer behind titles like Test Drive, Need for Speed: Shift and Shift 2, has outlined its lofty ambitions for forthcoming racer Project Cars, claiming that it wants it to be the most realistic racing game ever created.
In a post on the Official PlayStation Blog, the game's creative director Andy Tudor gave fans an insight into the game's development from its conception in 2011 through to the current goals for the racer, saying:
Project CARS was conceived back in October 2011 (Wow, time flies!) as a natural continuation of our work on two of racing’s biggest franchises — Need For Speed and Test Drive — and as a return to our roots when we created GTR and GT Legends.
Back when we were conceiving the idea, we knew we wanted to create a racing game that covered a wide range of different car types and motorsports, and gave you the freedom to play and experiment with them however you wanted.
We wanted the core driving experience to be the most authentic on the planet, and we wanted to provide you with all the features you need to recreate a race weekend as it happens in real life — complete with a dynamic time of day and a weather system that not only looks beautiful but challenges your skills and provides strategic opportunities. And we wanted to connect players together with a variety of online and community features — time trials, events, competitive multiplayer, content sharing, stat comparisons, and more.
That was the goal we set out with — to stand alongside the competition with a fresh new racing game that combined best-in-class features you guys have been asking for and innovations that’ll blow you away — but we knew we were going to need some help. Which is why over the last few years we’ve been helped by a community of passionate and dedicated players like yourselves on our WMD Portal site. They’re people like you that are looking for the next big thing, have been playing games all their life, and are finally making the racing game of their dreams. As we’ve said for a while now, this is a racing game for racers, made by racers. It’s your game.
Tudor also took the opportunity to confirm that Project Cars would be compatible with Sony's forthcoming VR solution, Project Morpheus, when it launches. Although there's no official confirmation of a release date for the game, we would expect to see it before year's end - which also means we can expect to see Project Morpheus around the same time, which is more than a little bit exciting!