Project Cars is Slightly Mad Studio’s most recent driving title, and currently in the runnings to become my favorite driving game of all time. The team at Slightly Mad have been promising a version of the game for the Wii U almost as soon as they hit their funding target for the game, but they have cautioned in recent months that the Wii U is only about as powerful as the Playstation 3, and nowhere near the level of performance compared to current-gen consoles. Now, lead developer Ian Bell has revealed on the Project Cars forums that the game is still being worked on for the Wii U, but noted that they were eyeing Nintendo’s next console instead in the hopes that they wont have to drop any graphical eye candy.
In multiple posts in a thread about the sales performance of Project Cars, Bell had a few insights about the game and the Wii U version to share. The Wii U version is still on track for a launch if all goes well. Nintendo’s most recent console isn’t much of a behemoth, boasting a triple-core IBM PowerPC processor with dual-threading along with a highly modified AMD Radeon GPU based on the Terascale family, which closely resembles the Radeon HD6570.
Here’s what Bell had to say about the current state of Project Cars for the Wii U:
“I can’t say too much but we’re awaiting E3 with baited breath. Don’t read wrongly into that. At the moment we’re running at about 23FPS on the WiiU. We’re awaiting/hoping for more of a hardware announcement at E3.”
“Honestly, unless we really cut the looks back I think we’re looking to Nintendo’s next console. 720p yes [in an answer to another poster’s question of whether the game ran at 1280 x 720 resolution or not].”
“We could reach a fairly solid 30FPS but it might take a hell of a lot of work. On the other hand, about halfway through us finishing, Nintendo might announce a new console (I have zero knowledge on this BTW but I’ve heard ‘rumours’). Our work might just be the best thing that ever hit that new console in the driving sim genre. So we’re playing a waiting game at the moment and yes, economics do come in to it.”
Nintendo is expected to reveal a new console at E3 2015, though this would be premature of them at this moment, since the Wii U is less than three years old at the time of writing this post. Nintendo’s next console could be powered by AMD as well with a Jaguar processor similar to the one in the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, as well as a memory architecture that could be similar to the GDDR5 found on the PS4. Considering Nintendo’s reputation of cost-cutting with the hardware to make the platform profitable with just the console sale, we may see their next console emerge with 4GB of RAM instead of 8GB on the PS4 and Xbox One.