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EA are shutting down Project Cars franchise

Published: 11:57, 08 November 2022
Updated: 13:07, 08 November 2022
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Project Cars 3 screenshot showing three racing cars
EA are stopping further development and investment in the series according to reports

EA are officially shutting down the racing sim franchise Project Cars. The publisher say it's a tough decision to make but one that will allow them to prioritise other games from their portfolio.

Publisher Electronic Arts (EA) are done with  Slightly Mad Studios' racing franchise Project Cars . In a statement to gamesindustry , EA said that they "have made the decision to stop further development and investment for the franchise".

According to EA, after closer evaluation of the next Project Cars title and its long-term growth potential, they've come to a conclusion that the game is unlikely to become a successful title or fit in their portfolio of racing games.

A disappointing news for all Project Cars fans for sure. It could be argued that the Project Cars franchise has gone downhill with the release of the third game in the series after a very successful Project Cars 2 but nonetheless, shutting down the series for good seems like a drastic decision by EA.

As for Slightly Mad Studios and the developers that worked on the series, EA said they are working with everyone that is impacted by this decision to place them into suitable roles across EA Sports and racing portfolio as well as other parts of EA. 

"Our priority now is on providing as much support as possible to our people through this transition."

Slightly Mad Studios Project Cars franchise has sadly, come to an end Project Cars franchise has sadly, come to an end

Project Cars franchise was born back in 2015, when Slightly Mad Studios released the first game in the series, followed by a second game in 2017, which is considered the best Project Cars game. 

The disappointing release of Project Cars 3 is probably what started the slow death of the franchise. The third title caused plenty of controversies given that the studio decided to focus on arcade gameplay, calling the game a spiritual successor to Need for Speed Shift.

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