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Project CARS – Distributor Announced

Slightly Mad Studios have announced the distributor for their WMD-powered Project CARS title.

Edging closer to its November 2014 release date, a major new puzzle piece for Slightly Mad Studios’ Project CARS title has fallen into place as the title’s official distributor has been announced:

BANDAI NAMCO Games will distribute the WMD-powered title across the globe, the title is coming to the PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One and WiiU, starting November 2014.

“We are tremendously happy to be collaborating with Slightly Mad Studios on this promising title, in which community expectations are fusing with racers expertise to craft the next generation of simulation!” said Alberto González Lorca, VP Third Parties, BANDAI NAMCO Games Europe.

“With a portfolio of prestigious, popular, and iconic titles under their wing, Bandai Namco are the perfect partners to bring our pioneering community-driven game to players around the world.” said Ian Bell, Head Of Studio, Slightly Mad Studios.

More info can be found on the Project CARS website.

  • Ricoo

    Strange, I thought the idea was crowd-funding without evil big distributor?!!

    • MontoyaVR

      You are confusing the roles of publisher and distributor.

      A publisher funds the game development, hence he gets to influence the development. A distributor handles the distribution of the physical copies (hence the term), marketing etc.

      BANDAI NAMCO is the distributor, not the publisher. They don’t have a say in development decisions whatsoever. Only the WMD members do 🙂

      • Kuminamu “Slightly Mad Studios have announced the publisher for their WMD-powered Project CARS title.Continue Reading –>” Just saying 😀

    • pez2k

      Further to what Montoya has already said, consider a game like Portal 2. It was self-published by Valve, but distributed by EA. Physical disc copies bore a little EA logo, and they handled getting the discs produced and into shops, but had no influence on the actual game itself. The digital version had no relation to EA at all, as there wasn’t a physical product to distribute in that case.

      In race sim terms, I believe Atari were the distributor for GTR2, but 10Tacle were the publisher. You never saw an Atari logo ingame, just a little red logo on the edge of the retail box.

      • Tim Barclay

        Maybe he was expecting the ‘crowd’ to burn the game to disc at home and then deliver the games in store.

      • pez2k

        To be fair it’s perfectly reasonable to think of a game only getting a digital release nowadays – can you actually buy rF2, AC or iRacing on disc? (Serious question!)

      • EZehnder

        Those sims aren’t available for Nintendo, Xbox or Playstation.

      • pez2k

        I’m not saying it’s correct to think pCARS would only be getting a digital release, I’m just saying that it’s not unreasonable to.

      • EZehnder

        It is, though, as you can’t get only digital releases for those consoles. It doesn’t work that way when the game is going to be huge. It works like that for arcade games and small experiences but not full retail games.

      • Tim Barclay

        Even for consoles? I know smaller indy games are, but not highly produced games such as pcars, hoping to achieve a market share to propel them towards bigger things.

      • bduddy

        iRacing is online-only and rF2 and AC aren’t released yet. rFactor is still in a bunch of stores.

      • ipitydafool

        The game is on consoles (blu-ray) buddy, the same consoles whose users went nutty over the very idea of not “owning” physical copies of the game. They need a distributor to get the discs into the shops.

      • Guest

        Those aren’t console games.

      • Ron Glick

        Those are not console games. Pcars is.

    • Matthew Arnold

      Its “Publishers” that they are trying to avoid, not “distributors”.

      • Tim Wheatley

        Yep, it’s carefully worded. Good for them. Namco are still bigger than a lot of people seem to realize, so I think it’ll work out great for them.

  • Chaco

    Interesting, Bandai Namco is huge in Japan but I never got the impression they were much of a player anywhere else. The background story that must have transpired for this deal to happen fascinates me.

  • Chris Wright

    Interestingly, Bandai Namco is also distributing Grid Autosport, so maybe they see a niche in this sector.

    Whatever, if this game is to be a big success it needs plenty of marketing muscle behind it. I can only see this as good news.

  • ChevyGuy566

    Bandai Namco is also distributing the US release of MotoGP 14 so they definitely support racing games that are less “mainstream” shall we say, which is cool.

  • ProtoSimTech

    I agree that this is good news! Cannot wait for the final release. I’m so glad I got into pCARS from the beginning, and have been able to help test it out 🙂

  • Simuladores VRacer

    Congrats Ian Bell and Team !!!