EA shuts down Project Cars – former studio head rants against the decision

Over and out for the racing series.

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EA has officially put the door on Project Cars. The racing series will not get any more games, and the employees of the developer studio Slightly Mad Studios will be moved to other projects where possible.

Following an evaluation of the next Project Cars game and its potential for long-term growth, we have chosen to halt further development and investment in the series, EA said in a statement to Gamesindustry.biz

The news, however, has not gone down well with former Slightly Mad manager Ian Bell. He took to Twitter and railed against EA’s decision.

– EA continues to be amazing. I’ve had my say and I stand by every word and they continue to prove me right. What do those numbers (sorry, I mean the people with hopes, dreams and families) look like at the bottom of the spreadsheets?

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It is unclear exactly which earlier statement Bell is referring to. When he left Slightly Mad last October it was with an assurance that the studio’s future was secured. However, it did not work out that way.

Slightly Mad Studios was originally founded in 2009, with Bell as co-founder, among others. The company was then acquired by Codemasters in 2019, which in turn was acquired by EA in February 2021. Project Cars was the studio’s passion project, and between 2015 and 2020 three games were launched in the series.

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