After several delays, Projects Cars finally arrived in early May. Just weeks later, developer Slightly Mad Studios have announced plans to crowdfund a sequel. That seems...soon.
As with the last game, Project Cars 2 is raising money on the World of Mass Development platform. There's no stated budget or goal for the sequel, but it does have several reward tiers, ranging from £50 (about $US45 USD) for basic access to the game to £10,000 (about $US11,342) for crazy things like this:
Michelin-starred dinner with the Head Of Studio plus all costs covered at a luxury hotel in London and a luxury weekend itinerary including use of a Ferrari 458 Spider!
Slightly Mad Studios was been proactive in stating this does not signal the end of development on Project CARS, but I suspect it may leave a bad taste in the mouths of fans, regardless.
Over the next year, players will see Project CARS grow, evolve, and continue to be updated regularly throughout 2015 and beyond via our ON DEMAND programme. But additionally, planning and work will now begin on the continuation of the franchise with PROJECT CARS 2 that contains substantial features and content deserving of a fully-fledged sequel.
The ongoing development of Project Cars is called the studio's "on demand" program.
Fans reacting to the game's announcement on the official website are not especially kind:
It's not much better on Twitter, either.
Of course, this is only the first wave of responses. Maybe it will change?
There's no announced release date for Project Cars 2, but it's planned for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam OS. You can run down the entire feature set on the crowfunding site.