According to an article by GamesIndustry.biz, Electronic Arts will be dropping the Project CARS franchise and will be moving some staff over to other projects.
It’s said that Electronic Arts feel like the franchise is not a good fit to be a successful game in their eyes and would also not fit with other racing titles currently published within the company.
A spokesperson for Electronic Arts made the following statement to the outlet:
“Today we announced internally an update to our racing portfolio. Following an evaluation of the next Project CARS title and its longer-term growth potential, we have made the decision to stop further development and investment for the franchise.
“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. Games are at the heart of sports and racing entertainment, and with shifting fan expectations, we recognise the need to evolve our games beyond pure play, providing experiences for fans to also watch, create and connect with their friends.
“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.”
The first two Project CARS titles were launched in 2015 and 2017 respectfully with both games being praised by both fans and critics alike. Slightly-Mad Studios decided to go in a different direction for the third installment in the franchise moving away from the realistic simulation feel to an arcade style driving experience.