Project CARS Goes Steam!

A signifacnt change is coming to Slightly Mad Studios’ Project CARS title as the WMD-powered simulation will be moving to the Steam platform in the coming weeks.

Steam will handle the complete authentication & update process, making access to the development builds for the members even more convenient. Members will be assigned keys based on their membership level, giving everyone access to the same content & perks as they are used to.

Aside from handling authentication & build distribution, Steam will also bring countless of community features to Project CARS, including Voice over IP chat, invitations and other community-related features.

The move follows the wishes of the community: In true WMD spirit, members recently got to vote on the preferred DRM method to be using for the PC version of Project CARS and using Steam emerged as the most popular option, due to the reputation the platform has build among gamers during the years.

Project CARS is coming to the PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii U in 2014. More info can be found on the WMD website.

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  • Phil Oakley

    Just need Assetto Corsa on Steam now, hopefully supporting Steam Workshop.

  • Shadow Explorer

    Best DRM is no DRM.

  • Lemming77

    This is fantastic news! I’ve been a Steam user and customer for a long time now, and it’s got to be my favourite copy protection meets digital distribution platform. It doesn’t impose any ridiculous or troublesome limitations, and includes some great services too. :)

  • Big Ron

    I have mixed feelings about that step.

  • mjbonner70

    Will this provide a chance for new Project CARS memberships? I’m desperate to get one!

  • steve30x

    If I knew PCars would have ended up needing Steam to be installed I wouldn’t have backed the project. I hate having steam installed on my computer and I dont know where they are getting the idea that having steam as a DRM will make the game any safer from hackers because in the past two years I’ve seen
    every single steam game get cracked within a week. Most of the time it takes a few hours for a steam game to get cracked.

  • steve30x

    I agree. 99% of the time a game gets cracked within a week. They are wasting their time because Reloaded , FLT , ALI213 , £DMGame and other crackers have a steam emulator crack that works on all steam games.

  • Anonymous

    Guys, please stop the piracy talk, not really welcome here.

  • Phil johnston

    This is great news for me. I think Steam is a great well proven platform that has never given me any bother. Happy camper.

  • Anonymous

    There has been talk about Steam ever since the project started, with a pretty pro-Steam atmosphere all along. It’s hardly a surprise, quite the opposite in fact, and it’s not in conflict with either a digitally distributed or a boxed release.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately not. But watch out for when the investments for the next gen console investment versions opens. Signing up for that will give you access to the PC development builds.

  • Anonymous

    crap news i hate steam!

  • Guilherme Cramer

    Agree completely. I voted for other options but the scalable democracy won.

  • Ross Siggers

    I love steam, this is a great move. That’s all I’ll say.

  • Hurdy Hurdy

    It seems STEAM is the way the racers are going. PCARS is moving there and AC and iRacing are also trying to Greenlight their products for STEAM as well.

  • punkfest2000

    Love the convenience of Steam. I’m a fan of it. I’m no DRM fan, but I can’t say I really notice anything detrimental on my system. I think it will only help sales with the increased exposure to so many millions of people who have it installed.

  • Jaimy Mewe

    Why does it bother you if games get cracked? There will always be piracy, whetever it will be a game on steam or not and there is nothing you can do about that. Non steam games are cracked within a week or an hour aswell. Your argument really doesn`t make sense.

  • Patrick McTie

    My only issue with Steam Workshop, is that a LOT of absolutely crap mods get thrown onto it. Torchlight 2 is a prime example. The workshop for that game seems to be 90% crap.

  • Anonymous

    But still there is hard copy and offline

  • Anonymous

    Well said

  • Anonymous

    When new funding opens we very much welcome you.

  • Anonymous
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  • Hugo Stiglitz

    Does this mean more people can join the beta?

  • Anonymous

    but at release, which version will that buyer end up owning? I have friends who want the PC version only and would get the beta if the doors opened…

  • Joshua Healy

    Well I think the new membership opportunity for next-gen consoles will let you access the PC dev builds, however I am not 100% sure that getting a PC version at the end of that will be possible. Since the new membership opportunity for next-gen consoles will be funding only the PS4 and Xbox One, I think those versions will be the only ones that user can end up with.
    That was mentioned a while ago though and nothing has been finalized regarding it.

  • Joshua Healy

    The choice for Steam isn’t JUST because it’s a DRM, it’s largely because it is a massive platform for PC gaming and a well respected and heavily advertised store-front which could be a massive benefit to the awareness of the game.

  • pez2k .

    This might (ok, will) be an unpopular opinion, but I’d love to see a PS4 / Xbox One version of Assetto Corsa too. If the final game is as good as it sounds, I’d love to see Kunos have access to those big console markets, and vice-versa.

  • Anonymous

    There will be a time for new memberships when funding for next gen consoles platform development is started and last is slated to be in the near future so keep an eye peeled as it will allow you to test the PC builds but your returns will come from the platform you invested in.

  • Anonymous

    I really can’t go into too much detail about the funding of the next gens and perks that will be tied to them since the structure is being changed due to FSA and possibly for the better? IDK? I believe you will receive some type of coupon based on your investment amount and pertaining to the copy for that platform. Also you will receive returns in the way of income based on your level of investment. What you choose to do with your coupon toward the purchase price is your business. You may want to sell it to a friend and use that to buy the PC version who knows? We will know more when the details are spelled out.

  • http://www.bsimracing.com/ Wim

    Nothing wrong with a console version , but lets hope the better business model of console titles, dont kill of the PC development in the long run.

  • http://www.bsimracing.com/ Wim

    Whatever they have to do, to make it, seems fine to me. Steam seems the choice of many.

  • steve30x

    If it was talk about it going on steam I would have known but this is the first I’ve heard about it and I have been a member of PCars with over a year

  • Anonymous

    Then you missed it in the forums I’m afraid. Integrating Steam features into pCARS was discussed frequently for months now…this is not coming out of the blue :)

  • Sparky245

    Steam is the way to go for the PC. Well, of course, there is always Origin…
    http://img641.imageshack.us/img641/8788/pfftch.jpg

  • fuckoff

    yeah steam 30% good players 70% noobs

    steam will destroy p CARS

  • fuckoff

    yea my man

  • fuckoff

    u live in wonderland????????????

  • Vincent Watters

    This will be disappointing news for a lot of people including myself. I boycotted Steam years ago due to the fact that I could not sell or pass on, any games I had purchased. I don’t think Steam is to blame for this, but the laws surrounding digital rights. You never ‘own’ games you just indefinitely ‘hire’ them, because as soon as you decide you don’t want to use the service you bought them from you can’t access them anymore. To me this is wrong and the reason i will never install steam again. This may have been talked about for months on the forums but I bought into this title almost 2 years ago with no mention them of ever going to Steam.

  • Anonymous

    That’s the way DRM works these days. The old days of getting a physical disc and a simple serial key have been gone for some time.

  • Anonymous

    Single player gets cracked easily. Multiplayer where the games are hosted on developer servers? A very rare thing. They can require minimum patch level requirements and do any number of things to make sure you either can’t join or if you do you will be much slower than everyone else (already discussed in the forums).

  • Anonymous

    Then it will apparently destroy Assetto Corsa and iRacing as well, right? Have you not even considered a licensing or safety system?

  • fuckoff

    right

  • fuckoff

    just NO …

  • Anonymous

    Username changes will not help you RSR1

  • Anonymous

    Ya Okay insanely out of place but to not like the Scorpions? That’s sacrilege.

  • Shadow Explorer

    Can I ask why? By hiding the problem,you do not solve it.
    DRM not only affects legit customers, but the game itself in the long run.

    Even the once in a lifetime activation is malicious.
    In fact you are paying a full price to rent the game as long as the company’s servers runs.

    It is cool to support developers but not cool to marry their servers.

    Personally I do not buy anything unless I can kill the DRM restrictions.

  • fuckoff

    hh miss

  • Drew Duncan

    The hard copy will still rely on steam for distribution updates.

  • Josh Desotell

    When/if they open memberships for next gen consoles (PS4/Xbox One)… how will that work? It’s not the same has downloading and updating on Steam or on a PC in general.

  • Anonymous

    You will get access to PC builds till ship date at which time your compensation will relate to the platform you invested in.

  • myvracelog

    I really like steam, but i think there should be an alternative for folks like you. If not that is WRONG.

  • myvracelog

    I read dev posts pretty much weekly and saw no threads named steam. So don’t feel alone. Also there was no vote.

  • myvracelog

    It’s funny how Pcars just hopped right over other race titles that have been trying to get thru green light for months. :)

  • Van

    You wouldn’t be able to play the game now without the same requirement that Steam has, payed for access, and access to the internet. no problems really.

    MOST games get hacked on PC regardless of DRM. But you don’t get access to the PROPER online features of a game without them. (possibly be those “cracked servers” but really, those legit servers provide a much smoother experience)

    Steam has lots of great community features too.

  • Anonymous

    It’s based on votes and viability. SMS knows how to make a driving game that a lot of people will buy and they have name recognition. Kunos does not and will have to get there based on votes alone.

  • SSnabe@Hotmail.com

    of who are waiting? already send the game into steam!! and the best game graphically all good work!!

  • SSnabe@Hotmail.com

    i waiting for this gameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • steve30x

    I’m not interested in multiplayer in any games and never will be. I’ve tried multiplayer in a few games and didnt like it.

  • Anonymous

    More ways to get onto Steam than Greenlight. Greenlight is meant for games without a publisher, and SMS seems to have taken on their own publishing role and are going through the standard channel. Same as if they started putting disks in a Game Stop.

  • Van

    so you are sacrificing a legitimate version of the game so you can have the same version all the pirates have.

    you can be pretty sure Steam isn’t going to die.

    the main problem I see with steam is that it doesn’t let me just copy a game from my friend and play it.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing wrong with discussing DRM and preferences regarding it, just don’t advocate breaking the law by cracking it.

  • Diego Colafabio

    Steam FTW!

  • pez2k .

    Indeed, this is one place where having NFS Shift in their history actually helps their image – Valve already know that SMS can develop full retail games and have worked with them before through EA. Kunos and iRacing are starting from scratch as far as Valve is concerned, whereas Simbin also have Steam history via the Race series, so RaceRoom didn’t need to go through Greenlight either.

  • Timpie

    I don’t think they went trough greenlight either. Nontheless, greenlight is still arbitrary as hell.
    You
    have to be in the ranked in the top 15 (from votes in the greenlight
    section) and out of those 15 steam choses 5 randomly as in 5 steam wants to add. Being most popular
    and being on nr1 STILL doesn’t warrant you an entry on Steam.
    On of the worse things about that service

  • pez2k .

    The vote was on what form of DRM the game should use, and I believe there was a big yellow banner at the top of the forum to alert everyone as usual. Steam won the vote by a clear 14%. The poll options were chosen from open suggestions in a ‘DRM discussion’ thread, with everything except Origin included.

  • Josh Desotell

    Ok thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm maybe that was the price of allowing GTR 1&2 and GTL on there with no bad feelings? Ya I know it sounds crazy! Keepin it fun!

    Actually to think about it more they already have titles on Steam and I think that makes a difference.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Greenlight is percentage(of Up or Down votes) or sheer numbers? I ask because I would hate to think Kunos and Assetto would end up possibly not getting on. That would be bad. I have also noticed NKP on Greenlight as well. Anyway I up vote most racing or driving games regardless if they might be Sim or Arcade titles. New users to the genre are always good and they have to start somewhere building their collection.

  • Anonymous

    Steam related categories within the poll inclusively got 55% of the vote to use Steam in some way shape or form

  • Anonymous

    I would like to see Kunos have the type of success that they seek overall. If they are happy with just PC titles fine but if they want more by branching out onto consoles bring it on. For me the first time I drove NKP some years ago I thought to myself that they really have something and now they are creating the game to push themselves to the next level of success. I wish them well.

  • Timpie

    That’s the thing, nobody knows what Steam actually uses to qualify games for greenlight. I know they don’t just look at the votes or the rankings in the voting list, but also look at… other factors. Steam is very secretive about all this, or anything sales related for that matter. I mean there’s so many brilliant games on greenlight, so many good indiegames that are rejected by Steam. But 2 days ago some bs game by the name of “Cranky Cat” got released, some shitty iOS port which didnt even go trough GL but got released by Steam directly.
    It’s a game of luck :P

  • myvracelog

    i like being able to have my old games like those on steam. it is better then using discs for me.

    no idea what specifics were but i am a fan of steam.

  • myvracelog

    just to let you know im not complaining.. i am a fan of steam. some how i missed the vote was it along time ago over winter? i missed big chunks of time on the forums around then like 3 week periods.

  • myvracelog

    10-4 not sure how i missed it. sounds like i would have voted how it turned out anyway. :)

  • pez2k .

    The poll opened on the 31st of May, just last week.

    And don’t worry, I’m not judging, just informing!

  • Anonymous

    First thread about Steam, called “Steamworks Integration”, started two days after WMD opened:
    http://forum.wmdportal.com/showthread.php?368-Steamworks-Integration
    Since then it has been a recurring theme :-)

  • steve30x

    As I said already this is the first I’ve heard about PCars being in steam. If it was a recurring theme I would have read about it by now. In all the threads I’ve read on the forum I never saw steam mentioned until I saw the poll on thursday asking what DRM should they use.

  • steve30x

    I dont see it as breaking the law by cracking DRM once you legitimately bought the game. I buy all my games but If it requires steam or any other stupid DRM I will download a crack for the game.

  • Anonymous

    That is just not true. The first threads about Steam & pCARS go back to early 2012.

    I understand that WMD is a busy forum and no one blames you for missing something but please don’t state that something was not discussed just because you happened to miss it.

  • steve30x

    It doesnt bother me. I am just stating that they want to use steam as a DRM and steam isn’t a good DRM at all. They could use better for offline if they really badly want to protect their game but 99.9% of DRM out there just doesnt work.

  • steve30x

    Hold on a minute. Are you telling me that I am lying now? I didn’t say it wasn’t discussed. I said that all the threads I read never mentioned steam and this is the first I heard of PCars going to steam. I dont read every single thread on the WMD forum , just the ones that catch my interest when I press the link for dev posts and show new posts.

  • Anonymous

    In the USA any circumventing of DRM is illegal according to the DMCA. Other countries have similar laws.

  • steve30x

    Theres no law against circumventing DRM here in Ireland

  • Hybridesque …

    God dammit, I’ve paid £40 in money and now it needs to be activated on Steam for the finished product?

    Not happy. I’ve been trying to stay away from Steam… I wish I could have a refund now.

  • Hybridesque …

    You can cancel and get a refund. That’s what I have done. They refunded really quick too and cancelled my account. Job done.

  • Joshua Healy

    As Birddogg said, SMS had already worked with Valve before and have had games on the Steam store (Shift and Shift 2) so perhaps that kind of gave them a “straight through” so to speak. Most (more than 90%) of the greenlight games are from people who have never had a game on Steam before, or never had a game at all before.

  • Joshua Healy

    If your main reason for not using Steam is because you can’t sell or pass on your games, I suggest you sell your gaming PC now and go back to a $100 PC that can only browse the internet and write word docs, or even just quit gaming all together, because that is what PC is now, and consoles aren’t far behind.

  • http://twitter.com/Michael_42 Michael

    There are arguments for and against I suppose.

    It’s rare I pay full price for a game on steam or on PC so 2nd hand games mostly becomes moot.

    Given the Steam market feature for games like TF2 it’s often the case I don’t pay for games at all, I just sell items from my TF2 backpack and buy games with the funds.

    Or buy games on sale as “giftable” so if I don’t end up playing it I can swap them with others.

    Do you still play games that you bought to run under Dos years ago? If you do, then why do you want to sell games?. If you don’t, how much did you sell your copy of, say, the original Doom for?

    How much would you pay me now for a copy of GTR 2? £40? More like 40p. It’s not worth anything. The second hand market is a myth.

    pre-owned games didn’t even make enough money to keep Game’s stores open. And they ripped off game developers and gamers to try and make a profit with it.. So how much exactly are you losing by not being able to sell a handful of games you play? Next to nothing I’m sure.

    Over the years I’ve thrown away tons of old games from old consoles and old microcomputers. Even in more recent times when shops have down trade-ins, there’s really no money to be made doing it. It probably cost more in petrol to cart the stuff to the store than I got in credits.

    Especially if, like me, you want to keep and play a game for more than a couple of months

  • http://twitter.com/Michael_42 Michael

    Heh are you serious? They want people buying the PC version to fund development for next-gen consoles but they’ll get nothing in return from the console sales?

    I’ll buy pcars when it’s £5 on Steam and that can fund Ian Bell buying a ginsters pasty from greggs :)

  • http://twitter.com/Michael_42 Michael

    Well if you thought the game was going to turn out how you expected when you backed the project, you’re not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer are you?

    Learn some patience. Buy things that are complete, in-stock and be sure you’re getting what you expect.

  • Anonymous

    Ummm No. You invest into one of the next gen phases of the project since you cannot test on those platforms you will have access to the PC builds. Pretty simple to understand IMO. BTW that smartass remark toward Ian is uncalled for!

  • http://twitter.com/Michael_42 Michael

    Who is waiting? I see plenty of racing games on there from the likes of simbin (most of their back catalogue as well as their new F2P title) codemasters, EA/NFS and so on.

    Perhaps you mean Assetto Corsa? I’m sure they could get their title greenlit easily.

    Perhaps if they released a beta version of their game for people to try instead of trying to flog their old, unfinished buggy game on the back of getting access to their latest buggy unfinished title then they would do better on Greenlight?

    But, they don’t exactly have a track record of releasing polished, finished game titles, do they?

    If they did, I would have clicked ‘yes’ months ago.

  • steve30x

    That was totally un called for calling me stupid. The only thing I never knew that was going to happen was PCars going to steam. That does not make me stupid.

  • Anonymous

    Michael, the next time you personally insult someone like that will be your last posting – First and final warning.

  • http://twitter.com/Michael_42 Michael

    Eh? Is English not your first language?

    There’s clearly no insult in the post.

  • Christopher Knaak

    Me too pls give more memberships, more memberships, more money and a better Final Game PLS LET US PAI FOR THIS AWESOME GAME NOW!

  • mannyfreshnes

    If you want i’ll purchase from you =)

  • Hybridesque …

    Already got my refund from SMS/WMD.

  • Cillian Greene

    I would pay over €200 just to get acces to this game. Danm, why don’t the devs want my money?

  • Stug

    They said on Facebook it will be out on Thanksgiving, so, nov 28th. :D

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