Ian Bell Teases Porsche Announcement for Project CARS Series

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Porsche Team's 919 Hybrid that will start on top of the grid.
The Le Mans-winning #2 Porsche 919 Hybrid. Image courtesy of Rajan Jangda of British Marque Car Club.

It certainly seems to be a big week for Porsche fans. Hot off their Le Mans win, the German purveyor of sports cars has announced a serious tie-up with Kunos Simulazioni to bring the marque’s best and brightest to Assetto Corsa this autumn. It now appears another sim title could be seeing Porsche’s inclusion soon, judging by comments from Slightly Mad Studios CEO Ian Bell.

Over on the official Project CARS forums, members were naturally discussing the big coup Kunos pulled off last week in a thread dedicated to upcoming DLC teases. Only a day after the big Assetto Corsa news, Ian Bell made an appearance in the thread. “I can’t say much but I can say it is not exclusive” Bell stated, before adding that “fans of the pCARS series should have some good news very soon.” Not even a full day later, his next statement leaves little up for interpretation: “We’ll be making a formal announcement very soon.”

Considering Project CARS’ DLC program has slowed down now – over a year out from the original game’s release – and Bell’s choice of words (“pCARS series“), it’s likely any announcement regarding the Stuttgart sports cars will be for the upcoming sequel.

It looks like we can expect to see that name in a lot more driving games soon…

This is the latest in a string of events that signal the decade-plus exclusivity deal between Porsche and EA could finally be coming to an end. There were rumours of just such a thing last year, but before Kunos’ announcement, not much seemed different in 2016. Forza Motorsport 6 received its own 21 car Porsche Expansion back in spring, but the lack of high-demand models like the Cayman GT4 or the latest 911 GT3 RS had some gamers wondering if EA was still calling the shots on some level. Both cars appeared in 2015’s Need For Speed release, after all.

We’re more than a little curious about what Bell and the rest of SMS have up their sleeves, and look forward to this upcoming announcement. With any luck, it might not even be the end of the Porsche news for the genre…

Thanks to mister dog and Johnnypenso for the tip!

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