When Ubisoft announced that they were going to release a sequel to the 2014 online racing title The Crew, the reaction was…tepid. The Crew was an interesting game, but it was also a highly flawed experience that didn’t really take advantage of its most intriguing concepts.
So how will the studio fix The Crew‘s biggest flaws? Well, if the first trailer for the game is any indication, then they apparently plan to do it by just reinventing the game’s wheel.
That cinematic trailer for the game’s premise hints at The Crew 2‘s expanded scope, but if you really want to appreciate just how much more this game has to offer, you have to check out the first gameplay trailer for The Crew 2.
At this early stage, it appears that the biggest addition to The Crew‘s world are boats, bikes, and planes. The Crew 2 will allow you to hop behind the wheel of a far greater variety of vehicles while you explore the game’s vast open-world setting (which appears to largely take place in America). While the transition from vehicle type to vehicle type is presented fairly smoothly in the gameplay trailer, we’re guessing that these races will be separated into various missions during the game itself. That being said, there’s always the possibility for a sort of “Triathlon” experience that allows you to use multiple vehicle types in a single race.
This being E3, we’re still unsure regarding some of the game’s finer points. For instance, it’s still not clear how the grand narrative hinted at in the trailer will fit into the gameplay and there’s no word on how many modes the game will offer. One thing we do know is that it seems like Ubisoft made the effort to smooth some of the original’s rough visual edges, as this new game looks utterly fantastic.
There’s no word yet on The Crew 2‘s release date beyond a vague 2018 release window. However, Ubisoft did state that will be opening registration for an upcoming beta of the game. There’s also no official confirmation regarding which systems the game will be released on, but we have no reason to suspect they won’t include PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One.