The Project CARS series has made a name for itself by developing games for the inclusion of input from both players and professional drivers. To showcase some of how that feedback is used in development, Slightly Mad Studios and Bandai Namco have announced a live action video series called Built by Drivers.
This series will be six episodes long, with each one focusing on a different professional driver while including behind-the-scenes looks at how world-renowned race and test-drivers help develop the in-game handling and feel of the vehicles in Project CARS 2. The first episode, titled Project CARS 2: BUILT BY DRIVERS – “As Close As It Gets” Featuring Chris Goodwin’ released today and details the development of the McLaren 720s. This is the first time the 720s will be included in a game.
Game Director Stephen Viljoen provided some detail on just how in-depth developers went with making sure vehicles were portrayed accurately in game:
“Scanning cars down to the last bolt, and inserting their unique builds into our state-of-the-art physics model is just phase one in making our racing games. In the end, we can get the ‘numbers’ right, but the feel and balance of a car—that intangible thing that brings a car to life—can only be measured by drivers; drivers who have spent their careers around those very cars, pushing them to their limits. Our relationship with drivers isn’t about ‘brand ambassadors’, it’s about how we engineer cars to feel right. ‘Built by drivers’ is how we go about ensuring authenticity.”
Each of the film will use various combinations of in-game footage along with live action testing of each vehicle. Being a racing simulator, Project CARS 2 aims to include realistic, state-of-the-art physics. The six films will be released beginning today and last throughout the Summer.
No release date has been confirmed yet, but a late 2017 launch window is the current goal. If you’re interested in purchasing the game, you may want to check out the various special editons as well. Project CARS 2 will release on Xbox One and PS4, as well as PC.