Racing fans are spoilt for choice these days. We’re still waiting for Gran Turismo Sport to launch on the PS4, but when it comes to simulation racing games there’s Forza Motorsport 5 and 6 for Xbox One owners and then there’s Project CARS that’s a multiplatform title for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. PC gamers have also enjoyed Assetto Corsa for some time and soon it’ll be available on console. The DiRT Rally chief games designer, Paul Coleman, thinks that it’ll be a case of “the cat among the pigeons” once it launches.
He was asked about TOCA Touring Cars perhaps making a return and said that the market has enough simulation racers. Here’s what he said:
[Quote]Quite a few people have been asking me, why don’t you just make TOCA as you did with DiRT Rally, so you bring it back to that original part of the franchise?
The only thing I will say is that if you look at games like Project CARS and Assetto Corsa, they have filled that part of the market that I think a GRID Early Access game would be trying to tap into.
So I do wonder whether there’s something else that we need to do with that franchise that maybe doesn’t speak to those areas that I’ll be quite honest and say, especially Assetto Corsa, I think they’re doing very good things in that area. I think they’re going to be setting the cat amongst the pigeons when it comes to Gran Turismo and Forza. I think there’s going to be a bit of a wake-up call for those bigger titles.[/quote]
He does have a very good point. We’ve already seen Gran Turismo sales dropping in the last generation because of the arrival of Forza, and now games such as Project CARS and the upcoming Assetto Corsa might perhaps create a similar scenario. All we know is that competition is a good thing and that racing fanatics have much to be excited for.