Project CARS 2 sped its way onto PC, PS4 and Xbox One a few weeks ago. It’s one of the major releases of the year, but not on Nintendo Switch.
A month before Switch was released earlier this year, Red Bull held an interview with the game’s Creative Director, Andy Tudor. In that interview, he mentioned that he “doesn’t think it’s going to be possible” to bring Project CARS 2 over to Switch. Despite Tudor’s statement, it does seem like there might be a chance to have the racing simulator come to the hybrid after all.
Fragments of Silicon held an interview with Cyrus Wesson, the Community Manager at Bandai Namco (the publisher of Project CARS 2). Unlike Tudor, Cyrus gave a more positive statement on the likelihood of bringing the game over to Switch. While he didn’t dive deep into the technical aspects, he did mention that Switch owners who would like to see a port happen should show the team that they’re truly interested with posts on social media:
“I can’t speak to a potential Switch version just because I don’t have that information. What I can say is that if people really, really do want a Switch version – I know the Switch is extremely popular right now – let us know on our social channels on Bandai Namco Entertainment Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, let us know everywhere, and we will definitely let the devs know that’s an ask. And the devs are extremely, extremely receptive to everything that’s going on social media, and everything their fans say, so you can also just let them know on the Project Cars website, and they will definitely receive that information.”
This isn’t the first time that Switch fans have been asked to ‘port-beg’, and it doesn’t look like this trend will stop anytime soon. Cyrus may have had good intentions with his comments, but he still doesn’t guarantee that fans showing the team that there is indeed interest for the game on Switch will actually make it all happen. In fact, we’ve already seen this situation play out before with the original Project CARS on Wii U.
Project CARS 1 was one of the first games ever announced for the system back in early 2012. After the initial announcement, Slightly Mad continously praised the Wii U hardware and mentioned repeatedly how Project CARS show what the console could really do . Ironically, all of these positive were thrown clean out of the window when the Wii U version of the game was flat-out cancelled. The cancellation was preceded by Slightly Mad shifting its attention to bringing the game over to the PS4, Xbox One and PC, leaving the Wii U version on the backburner.
There was never any promotional images or even gameplay clips posted about the Wii U version, yet the other console versions were regularly featured despite being announced after the Wii U version. There was only ever talk. It’s still amazing that the aforementioned Andy Tudor went from saying that the game ran very well on Wii U, to the head of Slightly Mad, Ian Bell, later saying that the game “barely runs” on the system after the Wii U version was cancelled. The situation was made even worse when after being called out by a user on NeoGAF, Bell responded by saying that the team “really dislikes Nintendo users“.
It’s definitely safe to say that the whole Project CARS Wii U fiasco sullied the reputation of Slightly Mad Studios in the eyes of many in the Nintendo community. With that being the case, it’s not likely that many will heed the words of the Community Manager and ask the developers to bring Project CARS 2 over to Switch.