As this current console generation winds down, we've got a handful of driving games racing into players' hands before time's up. The newest amongst these is Slightly Mad Studios' Project Cars 3, revealed today for a summer 2020 release on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
This is Slightly Mad's second game to be revealed since it was acquired by Codemasters, makers of the F1 and Dirt series, late last year. The Project Cars 3 reveal trailer, posted to PlayStation Europe's YouTube account, doesn't give away too many specifics about the sequel's features, but it does show off a few of the automakers featured in the game: Mercedes Benz, Acura, and Chevrolet Corvette are front-and-center.
Ian Bell, CEO of Slightly Mad Studios and Executive Director at Codemasters, describes Project Cars 3 as "all of the sim you could want with all of the fun you could want." Bell also promises "massively improved" handling and changes to inputs with gamepads. Hopefully, future trailers and breakdowns will reveal just how much of that will serve the sim-focused experience, and how much will feed into that "fun," perhaps more arcade-esque side.
Bandai Namco is publishing Project Cars 3 as well as Slightly Mad's other racing title set to launch this year, Fast & Furious Crossroads. Announced at The Game Awards last year, Crossroads is set to launch on August 27, 2020, pushed back from an originally planned May launch thanks to the delay of the next Fast & Furious movie due to COVID-19.
That's not all, either. Codemasters is also launching F1 2020 in July and just recently revealed Dirt 5, which is scheduled to launch in October. Dirt 5 will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in October, and it's also the first Codemasters title confirmed for both next-gen consoles. It looks like Project Cars 3 is solely a current-gen project, but with Slightly Mad's Mad Box concept a seeming non-starter for the company, hopefully we'll find out if it has its sights set on next-gen hardware soon.