Wii U Version of Project CARS Running into Development Issues

Project CARS recently released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One to favorable reviews. The Wii U version is scheduled for a vague ‘2015’ release, but now the developers admit that there are struggles getting the software to run properly on Nintendo‘s console.

Posting on the game’s forum, Slightly Mad Studios boss Ian Bell responded to questions about the game’s development:

“OK I’ll come clean. At the moment we’re running at about 23FPS [at 720p] on the WiiU. We’re awaiting/hoping for more of a hardware announcement at E3… Honestly, unless we really cut the looks back I think we’re looking to Nintendo’s next console. I suppose if they don’t announce something at E3 or soon after we will have a go at it.”

After it was pointed that Nintendo does not intend to talk about Nintendo NX at E3, Bell clarified:

“We could reach a fairly solid 30FPS [on Wii U] but it might take a hell of a lot of work. On the other hand, about halfway through us finishing, Nintendo might announce a new console (I have zero knowledge on this BTW but I’ve heard ‘rumours’). Our work might just be the best thing that ever hit that new console in the driving sim genre. So we’re playing a waiting game at the moment and yes, economics do come in to it.”

So it sounds like the studio does intend to release the game on Nintendo’s home console, the only question being whether it’s the current or future one.

My Opinion:

I’ve been holding off on purchasing Project CARS so I could get the Wii U version, so this is a little disappointing. However, it sounds like they fully intend on finishing the game, it just might not be this year. I have a big enough backlog right now that I’ll have plenty to play while I wait.


Benjamin Luthi is an Associate Writer for MONG who waited in line for 10 hours to get the latest wave of amiibo. It was totally worth it. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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