According to GamesIndustry, Electronic Arts decided to abandon the development of the popular of the Project CARS automotive franchise, which it acquired after acquiring Codemasters in 2021.
According to the publisher, this decision was made after assessing the state of the franchise and the prospects for its future development – employees of Slightly Mad Studios who worked on Project CARS will be transferred to appropriate roles in other projects. After such a decision, the reasons for removal from sale of the first two parts become clear due to the expiration of licenses – it turns out that EA has been deciding for some time whether it is worth “investing” in this franchise at all.
In addition, according to unofficial information from an anonymous source from EA, a similar decision was also made in relation to another popular Codemasters car franchise – DiRT. Most likely, Electronic Arts will focus on the development of other car series, Need For Speed and WRC, which it recently acquired the rights to. So the next rally races under the license of the World Rally Championship will now be developed by Codemasters, and the new DiRT Rally, apparently, can not wait any longer.