Strap in, gearheads. The McLaren 720s has been confirmed for Project CARS 2, coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Steam later this year. We already knew that the McLaren 650s was going to be featured in the game, but those following the high-performance car scene know that the 720s is the new buzz. The latest attempt to unseat Ferrari debuted at the 87th Geneva International Motor show this March.
A real 720s will set you back $285,000, but if you don’t have that kind of cash on hand, you can still get a taste of the action. If you preorder the Ultra Edition, you’ll even get a scale model and sketchbook of McLaren’s latest innovation.
The new trailer shows the McLaren 720s burning rubber on the Long Beach Grand Prix track. The footage is marked as “Work In Progress Gameplay Footage”. Hopefully, that means the already impressive graphics will be getting some additional fine-tuning. I did notice that some of the background elements (for example, the ferris wheel) look boxy compared to the foreground. Whether this is a stylistic choice or just unfinished work remains to be seen. The 720s looks stunning, even if it’s not shown in its original copper orange (officially dubbed “Azores Orange”).
The original Project Cars received overall positive reviews, with Slightly Mad Studios is setting the bar even higher for the sequel. Weather events, bemoaned by some fans for the difficulty they add to races, will be featured in Project Cars 2. There will also be a variety of event and game types, including online competitive play. If you enjoy racing games without blue shells or the wrath of Dr. Neo Cortex, you’ll want to keep your eyes open for more updates about Project Cars 2.
Check out our coverage of the new Rallycross gameplay mode here.
Project Cars 2 is slated for a 2017 release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.