This Friday, you’ll be able to rev up with Project Cars 2, the latest racing effort from the team at Slightly Mad Studios. They’ve been working on racing games for years, including a couple of Need For Speed entries, as well as Bandai Namco’s well-received simulation racing series. But where will the team be going next after this? There’s a good possibility it’ll be tinkering away at a very popular racing franchise.
An Australian YouTuber by the name of SpotTheOzzie recently hosted a stream of Project Cars 2 on his channel, showcasing just how pretty the game looked while cornering and taking on the competition. But his stream actually got the attention of a particularly interested fan – the CEO of Slightly Mad, Ian Bell.
While the stream went on, SpotTheOzzie actually got into a conversation with Bell, which you can see here. He talked about the game’s development, and said the team went to great lengths to assure that it can go wheel-to-wheel with other popular racing franchises, including the forthcoming Forza Motorsport 7 and Gran Turismo Sport. That’s a bold statement, but the game appears to be holding its own.
But then came the interesting part of the interview, where Bell talked about what the team could be working on next. He noted, "Guess what the latest Need for Speed game is doing, and have a think about which Hollywood film they're copying. And then I can tell you we have a six year deal with that major Hollywood company that'll beat what Need for Speed is doing. For the next six years."
It’s no secret that the next Need For Speed game, Payback, is emulating the look of Universal’s incredibly popular Fast & Furious series. So that could be what Bell is hinting to, though he stopped short of naming names.
But he did add this: "If you look at me, I'm a bald guy and I work out a bit. So that's a clue."
It would make sense that Universal would go after Slightly Mad Studios to create a Fast and Furious racing experience, especially since the latest entry in the franchise, The Fate of the Furious, managed to rack up $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.
Still, neither Universal nor Slightly Mad Studios have said anything since, but it appears Bell could be hinting at something big literally coming down the road. Fingers crossed.0comments
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