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Project CARS 2’s dynamic weather is so realistic you’ll forget it’s a videogame

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FIFA fans have been wanting dynamic weather for years – but there’s one game that already does it… breathtakingly well, in fact.

Bandai Namco’s Project Cars 2 boasts the most realistic weather system ever created in a game.

Depending on what time you race the sun will set or rise, making for some spectacular views

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Depending on what time you race the sun will set or rise, making for some spectacular views

Such is the complexity of the coding, you’ll see storm clouds gather in the distance before rain starts falling on the track.


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Puddles form in the dips of the terrain and water streams off the saturated grass on to the asphalt providing an ever-evolving track.

The simulation even includes time and seasons, meaning that sunrise and sunset changes depending on what track you’re at and what the season is.

Game director Stephen Viljoen, told The Sun: “Rain falls on the track in full simulation – it’s not just graphics. It brings a level of realism that’s not been done before

“There’s a very good reason we do it. It looks great but has such a dynamic effect on racing experience and something real life race drivers deal with.”

More than 180 cars have been painstakingly recreated in the game, which arrives on September 22

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More than 180 cars have been painstakingly recreated in the game, which arrives on September 22

If you put this in FIFA or PES you could have games that start in the dry and then it rains throughout and game.

The grass would gradually get sodden and make it harder to play passing football and the ball would skip off quicker – adding a whole new level of tactics.

But Project Cars 2 isn’t just pushing the boundaries with weather – the game is fully supported for VR.

Just make sure you’ve got a steering wheel and race seat you can get the full simulation experience.

Viljoen added: “Our focus is giving a first person perspective of what it’s like to be a racing driver and get people into a mindset of a racer if you’re on your couch or using VR.”

Project Cars 2 looks stunning in motion and will look best on Ps4 Pro, Xbox One X and PC

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Project Cars 2 looks stunning in motion and will look best on Ps4 Pro, Xbox One X and PC

Earlier in the week, Viljoen confirmed the game could look best on the upcoming Xbox One X compared to the PS4 Pro Pro.

He told Gamespot: “I can’t tell you exactly what all the various sliders will be at when you’re on Xbox One X versus on PS4 Pro, but obviously they’ll be higher [on Xbox One X], so there will be a significant, a noticeable improvement, because you have better hardware.”

Project Cars 2 arrives on to PS4, Xbox One and PC on September 22.


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