Project Cars by Slightly Mad grew a passionate player base of people who love racing games. Published by Bandai Namco, the racing sim series allowed players to play through hundreds of cars in various situations.
Additionally, the modding support made Project Cars a go-to series for car enthusiasts. In November 2019, Codemaster would buy the studio for $30 million and Project Cars IP.
After the Codemaster buyout by EA in 2021, fans expected EA to shower some love towards the series. After all, the three games have proved the legitimacy of Project Cars. Unfortunately, the American publisher thinks otherwise.
In a statement to GamesIndustry, EA announced and confirmed shutting down the Project Cars series. Additionally, developers at Slightly Made Studios will move on to other EA Sports and racing games studios where possible.
EA shed some light on the situation through a statement.
“Following an evaluation of the next Project Cars title and its longer-term growth potential, we have decided to stop further development and investment for the franchise,” the statement read.
“Decisions like these are very hard, but allow us to prioritise our focus in areas where we believe we have the strongest opportunity to create experiences that fans will love. We are focusing on our strengths in our racing portfolio, particularly licensed IP and open-world experiences, and expanding our franchises to be more socially led with long-term live services that will engage global communities.”
“We are working with everyone impacted by this decision to place them into suitable roles across our EA Sports and racing portfolio, as well as other parts of EA, wherever we can. Our priority now is on providing as much support as possible to our people through this transition.”
As of now, Project Cars 3 is the only title available for purchase on storefronts. The first two games got taken down two months back due to license expiration for cars and tracks.