Ubisoft announces The Crew, an online action-driving game they call
"revolutionary" in the works at Ivory Tower in collaboration with Reflections
for release next year on Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Here's a
showing the game being played, and here's the announcement:
LOS ANGELES –
June 10, 2013 – Today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Ubisoft
revealed The Crew, a revolutionary online action-driving game developed
exclusively for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from
Microsoft, the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and for PC, to be
released early 2014.
Development of The Crew is being led by Ivory Tower, a team of racing game
veterans and an exclusive partner to Ubisoft, in collaboration with several
Ubisoft studios including Reflections Ltd., a Ubisoft studio, best known for its
work on the Driver® franchise.
The Crew propels gamers on a reckless ride through a massive open world version
of the United States of America, brimming with exciting challenges and diverse
terrain - from city to suburb, county to county, state to state, coast to
summit. The Crew redefines the level of freedom players experience in a driving
game by offering a playground of unprecedented scope in which any driving
fantasy can be realized: street, dirt, cross-country, circuit and more.
To bring that vision to life, The Crew leverages the capabilities of new
hardware to connect players online like never before. The Crew’s persistent
online world is populated by other real players, meaning any other car is a
potential rival or ally, and naturally fostering both competition and
cooperation among players. This living world provides a tailored experience to a
new generation of gamers, as each player is given the choice to play alone, or
to team up on-the-go with friends to accomplish collective challenges.
Finally, players can continue to interact with The Crew game world on a second
screen via the companion application that will be available soon for iOS® and
Android™ devices. The Crew companion app will allow for peripheral,
complementary experiences, providing a more intricate player experience overall.
“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.”