I still get goosebumps and spine-tingles when I watch the original E3 2013 trailer for Ubisoft and Ivory Tower’s The Crew and recently another video popped online showing off some more gameplay footage, but this time from a different, more “cinematic” perspective (if that’s the appropriate word). The Crew was initially expected to launch in 2015 and with any luck Ivory Tower will announce a release date later this month or possibly at E3 2014. Hit the jump to see the new video!
There’s a definite downgrade in the visuals compared to the E3 reveal trailer. The cars are a little less detailed, reflections are less pronounced and in the sections which show in-game footage, there’s been a big drop in background quality. But then again, I’m not surprised considering that game publishers have been selling us games based on bullshots and pre-rendered video sequences which look way more impressive for years.
But this shouldn’t detract from the work that Ivory Tower is doing and the sheer scale of the in-game map is incredible. According to Ubisoft Project manager Charles-Arthur Bourget in an interview with DealSPWN, The Crew‘s map size is approximately 5,000km² and crossing from one coast of America to the other would take just over an hour and a half in a tuned car on good roads and four hours for a trip all along the map’s borders.
Ubisoft has made no announcement on the game’s release, only that it would be somewhere in Q3 2014 and launch for desktop PCs running Windows and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.