Project Cars 4
Project Cars 4 is yet to be officially announced by EA, with former CEO of Slightly Mad Studios Ian Bell giving a small indication that the game is indeed in development. Bell’s tweet has since been deleted, but you can see what was said below.
Although the tweet doesn’t give us much to go on, my sources at EA have confirmed that the project is well in development. The title will be called “Project Cars 4” and is set to go back to its roots as a hardcore simulator racing game, launching on the current generation consoles and PC only.
Project Cars 4 being current generation only shouldn’t come as a surprise, as even this year’s Need for Speed title will be current generation only too.
No release date or announcement has yet been given on Project Cars 4, but the game being developed by Slightly Mad Studios will likely release sometime around 2024.
World Rally Championship
In a previous article by eXputer, I reported that the DiRT series has been canceled to develop games for the World Rally Championship, with DiRT Rally 3 being canned in 2021.
Details on this new title are still rough, but sources have confirmed that the title will be an annual release, which means we should see World Rally Championship games released for console and PC as the current WRC deal spans from 2023 – 2027.
It’s also understood that early preparations are being made to create some form of mobile World Rally Championship game to release within this time period.
The game will be using Unreal Engine for the series and the first WRC game will release by the end of EA’s financial year ending March 2023, as reported by GI.biz.
F1 22 & F1 23
F1 22 will be the first Formula 1 title released under Electronic Arts, with the game bringing the likes of VR, crossplay, and supercars to the game. Although F1 23 has yet to be announced, the game has been in development for some time and will be a true “next-gen” title for the series.
Sources have said that F1 23 will be overhauling the game with much-needed engine upgrades. In addition, it has also been suggested that the game will see an expansion to F1 LIFE, with a new feature called F1 WORLD. Private jets anyone?
Need for Speed
Need for Speed has had several difficulties during its development cycle, with the whole of Criterion Games pausing the project in 2021 to help with the development of Battlefield 2024.
The move resulted in Need for Speed being delayed until 2022, with EA’s latest financial report showing that the title will release between October 2022 – December 2022.
I reported in February that Codemasters Cheshire became a support studio for Criterion Games with GI.biz further reporting on move today. Codemasters Cheshire has now been fully integrated into Criterion Games and will be working on Need for Speed moving forward.
Before the integration in February, sources reported that Codemasters Cheshire was working on a fairly unusual car title, that was based on car meetups. One can only speculate on what type of game this was planned to be, but I thought I would report on it regardless.
Need for Speed Mobile
Need for Speed Mobile did leak this week, with new gameplay showing a map based on Need for Speed Heat. Sources have confirmed that the map is not a direct copy and paste from Need for Speed Heat, with the map seeing some significant changes.
Need for Speed Mobile doesn’t have a story and is an open-world multiplayer title, so you can come across other racers in the world at any time.
Unfortunately for some, with the title seemingly having a story, it does indicate a very microtransaction-heavy game, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Both GRID and Burnout are yet to have any title in development, sources have suggested. Following the disappointing release on GRID Legends, it’s expected that the series could be in hot water, but it’s too early to determine
A new Burnout seems like a logical next step for EA to develop, but with a large catalog of games building, I wouldn’t be surprised if the publisher starts to think about remasters in the near future.