Project Cars 2 will be out late this year, looks gorgeous

Hyper-realistic racing sims aren’t exactly my kind of thing. I mean, I’ve played one or two on occasion, but I never could quite bring myself to invest the time and dedication required to fully get into them. But that might just change sometime this year.

Bandai Namco and Slightly Mad Studios just lifted the lid on the sequel to Project Cars, ingeniously titled Project Cars 2, and it looks and sounds absolutely incredible. Announcement trailer, details, and some sexy screenshots below.

Project Cars 2 will feature around 170 cars, more than 60 tracks, an Online Championship mode, and “additional racing disciplines – including ice, dirt, snow, and mud racing,” the developer revealed in a press release. The game will support 12K HDR resolution (three 4K monitors side-by-side), as well as VR for ultimate immersion. The blurb also includes the game’s announcement trailer embedded below, and it’s simply mesmerising, even if you don’t like cars.

Project CARS 2 is the next evolution in the award-winning racing series, featuring the most iconic cars under the most thrilling of conditions to deliver the ‘Ultimate Driver Journey’ experience and adrenaline rush,” reads the game’s official overview.

“Created by gamers, tested by world-class racing drivers, and the definitive choice of e-Sports pros – Project CARS 2 brings together the essence of motorsports racing in the most beautiful, authentically crafted, and technically advanced racing game on the planet.

“Project CARS 2 has it all – from GT to touring cars to endurance prototypes and exotic hypercars – delivering the full spectrum of motorsport racing with complete freedom to choose what and where to drive. Anytime. Anywhere.”

The game’s main attractions are outlined as follows:

Authentically Crafted

  • Boasting over 170 licensed cars, the largest track roster ever on console, precision handling and physics, and full VR and 12K HDR support, Project CARS 2 is as beautiful as it is state-of-the-art.

Anytime, Anywhere

  • Project CARS 2 features the widest variety of motorsports now including Rallycross and IndyCar. Race without boundaries with any car across varying track surfaces and dynamic environmental conditions, including ice, tarmac, gravel, mud or dirt. Day or night, wet or dry.

Livetrack 3.0

  • Dynamic time of day, seasonal, weather and road surface transitions affect vehicle performance, grip and handling in real-time. Full 24-hour cycle faithfully recreates the atmospheric conditions and ambience of a specific time of year.

The Heat of Competition

  • Discover your ultimate driver journey across the full spectrum of motorsports. Test your skills online against the most intense of competition with new Online Championships mode and intelligent matchmaking.

Project Cars 2 is expected to launch sometime around the rear end of 2017 and will do so on PC (via Steam), PS4, and XBO. Some phenomenally pretty screenshots below.