It looks like delays with driving simulators is becoming common place. Namco Bandai have decided to delay the launch of Project CARS on all platforms until March 2015, for a number of reasons. Given that the game’s release date was just a few weeks away, the main reason for the delay is to avoid clashing with other big games in the run up to Christmas.
Another reason is to give the developers, Slightly Mad Studios, more time to polish the game. Seeing that it was very close to release, this second reason doesn’t seem as plausible. We speculate that the server issues with PS4 exclusive DRIVECLUB may have given the developers some time to think about how they can avoid similar issues and improve the game at the same time.
As part of the press release, Head of Studio Ian Bell wrote the following:
Our goal has always been to deliver a landmark title that encompasses the wishes and desires of racing fans from all around the world; something with features and content powered by the community that provide a truly unforgettable and pioneering experience. Whilst a tough decision to make, the change in release date allows the game the greatest chance of success and visibility, and the opportunity to polish the game even further to the high standards that both ourselves and our community demand and expect. We’re eager for you all to see what we’ve been working on in just a few months.