Sorry to bump this thread, but I think it's a worthwhile thing to add.
"It appears that the minds behind recent racing titles Driveclub and OnRush have met their respective finish lines a bit earlier than expected after development house Evo was hit with a sizeable amount of layoffs. Multiple senior staff members, including Driveclub director Paul “Rushy” Rustchynsky, were reportedly let go as part of the downsizing efforts.
The move comes just over a month after the release of the studio’s most recent title, OnRush. The new take on the traditional racing genre was critically praised but found much less support from consumers. The game debuted poorly, selling just over 1000 physical units in the UK in its first week, and has remained absent from top sales charts following its launch."
Onrush sold 1000 copies in it's first week (debuting #34) in UK, which is a disastrous number for a territory that loves it's racing games. If that is not enough evidence of the demise of the arcade racing genre, here's more:
"The game's improved performance means that the big new entry this week had to be satisfied with second place. The Crew 2 by Ubisoft has so far failed to impress the critics, and the game's launch sales are less than 25% of what the original game achieved back in December 2014."
Yes it's only one territory, but the UK buys the most racing games out of any country, and if your game cant do well here, it cant do well anywhere else.
I love arcade racers. Last gen I bought a half dozen of them. The reason for the low sales of OnRush is that it looks like a last gen game. I'm sure if Call Of Duty put out a game in 2018 with last gen graphics it wouldn't sell well either.