With the original Project CARS having been released barely a month ago, it has come as quite a surprise that developer Slightly Mad Studios has already started a crowfunding campaign to make the sequel.
As with the first game, Slightly Mad is once more using the World of Mass Development platform to raise funds and allow fans to have their say in the game's creation. There are various levels of donation available, each one granting the backer a new reward. The lowest tier will get you a digital copy of the game on its release, as well as build access and other perks, while the $15,824 Diamond tier gets you a Michelin-starred dinner with the head of the studio and a luxury weekend with a Ferrari 458 Spider.
The current funding goal is $7 million, although Slightly Mad has already added $250,000 of their own money towards this. The original game's campaign was hugely successful, and given the mostly positive reception Project CARS received on its release, we expect this target to be attained quickly.
This second game promises fans the largest track roster ever, with 50 unique locations and over 200 courses. Many of these will have 'loose surface racing' on dirt, gravel, mud, and snow. There's also a new co-op career mode, allowing players to take the role of teammate driver, spotter, driver swap, or co-pilot.
In an attempt to alleviate the fears of the one million plus people who own the first game, Slightly Mad has pointed out that they will still be supporting the first Project CARS with a series of updates.
Projects CARS 2 is planned for release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. A potential date when we might see the finished game has yet to be announced.