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Bandai Namco Games recently made it known that they are delaying the Wii U version of Project CARS to 2015. There has been no explicit reason given and gamers who crowd-funded the game are left in the dark as to why they won't be receiving the game for the console they voted for as the one they most desired to play the game on.
GamingBolt caught wind of tweets Bandai Namco's official Twitter account, which stated the following...
Quite naturally, fans were absolutely livid and furious. The Wii U had been voted the one console crowd-funders most wanted to play the game on, right there on WMD's official website. I mean, for the people who crowd-funded the game... it's THEIR money, it would make sense that they get a say in their choice of platform release.
However, the decision superseded the voice of gamers, and Bandai Namco will move ahead with their plans to delay the Wii U version of Project CARS.
Many fans of the project were quite angry and asked why this was happening. This was followed by press representative Lee Kirton further stating (in Tweets) that...
“...it's about delivering the right experience and making it right for Nintendo fans.” … “we respect the fans of all our titles. You are the most important. Sorry.”
This situation boiled over enough that gamers took to community threads and forums, as well as websites like SheAttack, where comments were made about how frustrated and angry gamers are at the move.
It's understandable that there would be more frustration with this move than others, only because Project CARS was crowd-funded by the community. They even did so because they purposefully wanted a realistic racing simulator for the Wii U... something that other third-party publishers would not provide.
Even as a crowd-funding effort it still appears as if big publishers will sway the industry in their own desired direction.
Eurogamer managed to get an exclusive quote from Bandai Namco who further stated that...
“We're committed to delivering an exceptional and unique experience for racing fans on Wii U and for this we kindly ask our devoted and passionate Nintendo fans for a little more time in order to ensure the game delivers on our vision of being the most authentic, beautiful, and technically-advanced racing game on any platform."
Project CARS is a realistic racing simulator from Slightly Mad Studios. The game boasts high-end visual effects and plenty of licensed vehicles for players to race around in. The game sports some vehicular damage as well as online racing modes across various race disciplines and car classes, with up to 16 players for the home console versions.
You can look for Project CARS to launch on PC, Xbox One and PS4 this November. The Wii U version has been delayed to an undisclosed time in 2015.
For more information, feel free to visit the official website.