EA has quietly abandoned Project CARS, the racing series developed by Slightly Mad Studios. After internally announcing that it had decided to “stop further development and investment” in the franchise, EA also confirmed that affected employees would be moved into “appropriate” roles at the franchise. ty if possible.
“Today, we internally announced an update to our racing portfolio,” an EA spokesperson said. GamesIndustry.biz. “After assessing the title of the next CARS Project and its long-term growth potential, we have made the decision to discontinue development and further invest in the franchise.”
“Decisions like these are difficult, but allow us to prioritize focusing on the areas where we believe we have the strongest chance of creating an experience that fans will love. i am focusing on my strengths in racing category especially licensed and open IP-experience the world and expanding our franchise to be more social with services A lasting live that will appeal to global communities. We are working with everyone affected by this decision to place them in the right roles within EA Sports and our racing portfolio , as with the rest of EA, wherever we can. Our priority right now is to support as much of our employees as possible through this transition.”
The beginning of the end of Project CARS began earlier this year when fans were told that due to the car and track license expiring, the first two games in the series have been delisted on September 21 and October 3. All three previous games were published by Bandai Namco before the studio was acquired by Codemasters in 2019, and finally by EA in 2021 as part of a Codemasters purchase agreement.
The first Project CARS game came out in 2015 and is followed by two sequels in 2017 and 2020, as well as a mobile spinoff called Project CARS Go in 2021. Slightly Mad Studios has also develop an official Fast and Furious game in 2020, but it is often considered the worst use of Vin Diesel since Riddick: The Merc Files.
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