Ubisoft has officially unveiled its previously rumoured next-generation persistent online racing game, The Crew.
Set for release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC in early 2014, the racer is being developed by Ivory Tower, the studio formed by key Test Drive Unlimited developers, in conjunction with Ubisoft Reflections (Driver: San Francisco).
Creative director Julian Gerighty introduced the racer, confirming an online-persistent world, that lets you group up with friends and play as a crew in every race and event.
"You can play solo of course, but group up with your friends, form a crew and play every single mission in co-op," explained Gerighty.
"We believe that sharing and competing is essential, so we've made the entire game an online, persistent world," he said.
The game takes place on an open-world consisting of 'the entire USA', said Gerighty.
"You'll experience all the adventures of driving as you seek to infiltrate and take over the criminal underworld one city at a time."
A live demonstration showed an illegal street race across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.
A CGI trailer showed street racing, sat nav maps, a police chase in a Nissan 370Z Nismo and Chevy Camaro, and the seeming ability to upgrade cars with new parts such as suspension, turbos and nitrous.
Gerighty said the police car we saw could be AI, or the could be human-controlled.
Here's a clip of the presentation, followed by the key facts:
- NEVER DRIVE ALONE
Jump in and out seamlessly and build your crew of four through bonding or intense rivalry. Whether your objective is to takedown a convoy or to escape the police, achieving it with friends ensures a fresh experience each time you join in.
- A PLAYGROUND OF UNPRECEDENTED SCOPE AND VARIETY
The entire United States is your driving playground - all roads and everything in between. Every type of terrain imaginable is yours to master - from downtown city streets to suburbs, hillsides, cornfields, canyons, desert dunes or even race tracks.
- THE EXPERIENCE GOES ON, WHEREVER YOU ARE
Continue the experience on iOS, Android tablets, and on the web. Keep track of your friends' performances and tinker with your ride before playing it live to set new records, or send your crew on jobs on-the-go to gain more XP and parts.
- PREPARE FOR THE NEXT JOB
An extensive tuning system combining depth and simplicity allows you to collect cosmetic and performance parts and customize your licensed cars, according to your style and driving preferences.