Ubisoft’s The Crew is an Open-World Racing Game
Ubisoft unveiled The Crew, an open-world action driving game, at their E3 press conference in Los Angeles today.
Developed by Ivory Tower in collaboration with Reflections. Ltd, best known for their work on the Driver series, the game is currently in development exclusively for next-gen platforms—the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
In The Crew, players are propelled on a reckless ride through a massive open world version of the United States of America, replete with wide open environments and dense urban jungles, all of which are populated by a host of challenges—and other players. According to Ubisoft, players will be able to drive from city to suburb, and explore the vast wide-open wilderness of the United States. The game offers races in streets, dirt roads, cross-country, circuits, and more.
It’s like a wide open playground, although Ubisoft has yet to explain how exactly they’ve managed to implement all—or even part—of the United States into the ambitious title.
Ubisoft states that The Crew “leverages the capabilities” of next-gen hardware to connect players online through a persistent online world populated by other real players, so any other car you see has the potential to be a friend or foe. It’s a living world that provides what they call a “tailored experience” to players—to those who choose to drive alone, or those who prefer to team up with their friends to accomplish collective challenges.
“We want to give players a driving experience that goes way beyond the classic circuit-based racing games and really captures the boundless sense of freedom of driving across the U.S.,” said Julian Gerighty, creative director, Ubisoft. “Our teams are harnessing the power of next-generation platforms to make The Crew a challenging, immersive and non-stop world that can be shared by millions of players. This is a brand new driving game experience unlike anything that’s come before it.”
In addition to playing the game on a next-gen console, players will also be able to interact with The Crew through a second screen via a companion application that will be made available on both iOS and Android devices. The Crew companion app will allow for what the company calls “peripheral, complementary experiences”. One of its features allows players to redesign their vehicles to upload into the game. Other aspects remain undisclosed at this time.
We will be catching up with Ubisoft to uncover further details about the highly ambitious racing title in the coming days.