Project Cars has been delayed till March 2015 according to its developer Slightly Mad Studios.
The eagerly anticipated next-gen racing title for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, will not be making it onto shelves in time for Christmas to avoid big-name competition.
Although the game still requires “fixes and polish” in the words of its director Andy Garton, its publisher Namco Bandai has added that the delay is to position it away from the “household” names that will dominate the holiday shopping season.
Garton broke the news on the game’s forum, which is only accessible to those who helped fund the title.
“This delay has come about because a couple of other big games have announced they are shipping around the same time as our planned first date,” Garton wrote.
“We know it might be a little hard to believe but this would have had a very significant impact on our initial sales.”
Now, the news has officially been confirmed by the Slightly Mad Studios Head, Ian Bell. A statement released by Bell states:
“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.”
Project Cars is a multi-platform racing sim from the makers of Need for Speed: Shift. It is now due to be released in March 2015 on the PS4, Xbox One, Wii U and Windows.