If a lack of funds, high demand, or any number of other reasons have kept you from having your turn at the helm of the new, red-hot, eighth-generation Corvette, the next best thing is just around the corner.
Last week, video game developer, Slightly Mad Studios previewed the third game in their Project CARS (Community Assisted Racing Simulator) series, which they have creatively titled, Project CARS 3.
The world’s newest racing sim promises players access more than 200 vehicles, a whopping 140+ global tracks, high levels of car and avatar customization, a realistic 24-hour cycle, and “dynamic” all-season, all-weather racing.
Other than an unlicensed appearance in Grand Theft Auto V, the tertiary Project CARS also marks the first time that gamers will have the ability to select a C8 as a drivable vehicle. As an added bonus, players will also be able to access the first-ever mid-engine Corvette racecar in CARS 3 but, due to some massive oversight, neither Lightning McQueen nor Jackson Storm made it into the game.
PC3 is coming to Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC but no release date, beyond summer 2020, has been given. Also absent thus far is the all-important branding of the cover art. The upcoming release’s nearly two-minute announce trailer does heavily feature the C8.R as a hero car and with the hype surrounding the new Stingray, we wouldn’t be surprised if one, or both, of the featured 2020 ‘Vette variants wound up on the cover. If that is the case, it would mark the first time that America’s sports car has graced the cover of a major console game since a less-than-acclaimed title hit shelves for the original Xbox, PS2, and Game Boy Advance all the way back in 2003.
If you include mobile games though, a C8 cover on the latest Project CARS would continue the momentum from last month’s release of the first phone-based entry to the Forza series that featured a C7 Z06 front and center. If we are correct, and a Corvette is the cover model for Project CARS 3, then it is worth celebrating. Added visibility for the Corvette brand is always a good thing, especially when it is among Chevrolet’s desired and difficult to reach demographic; the youths, who can ensure that our favorite car has a fruitful future.
No matter which car is chosen for cover duty, PC3 comes at a good time. The stalwarts in the segment, Forza and Gran Turismo, haven’t released new racing simulators since October 2017 and Forza’s most recent open world driving game, Horizon 4, is nearly two years old now. Racing ans are hungry for something new and we are hoping that the newest CARS can build upon its loyal following and maybe even begin to mold the next generation of the Corvette faithful.
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