The Crew 2

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The Crew 2
The Crew 2 box art.jpg
Developer(s)Ivory Tower[a]
Publisher(s)Ubisoft
Director(s)Stéphane Beley
Producer(s)
  • Olivier Gueydon
  • Yann Le Guyader
  • Stéphane Jankowski
Designer(s)Boris Mellet
Programmer(s)Didier Blanche
Artist(s)David Guillaume
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
ReleaseJune 29, 2018 (2018-06-29)
Genre(s)Racing
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

The Crew 2 is an open world racing video game developed by Ivory Tower and published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It is the sequel to 2014's The Crew. It features a persistent open world environment for free-roaming across a scaled-down recreation of the United States. The game allows players to control a variety of vehicles including cars, motorcycles, boats, and airplanes. The game was released on June 29, 2018.

Gameplay[edit]

Similar to its predecessor, The Crew 2 is a racing game. In the game, players assume control of a racer, who is trying to work their way to become successful in multiple disciplines.[1] It features a persistent open world environment for racing and free-roaming across a scaled-down recreation of the contiguous United States.[2] In addition to cars, players can control other kinds of vehicles including airplanes, motorcycles, and powerboats. Each vehicle has its own control physics, meaning that gameplay is different when players are controlling different types of vehicles. Players can switch between controlling air, land and sea vehicles instantly.[3] The game features four different hub worlds, with each having their own theme and playstyle. These themes include off-road, street racing, pro racing, and freestyle. Both vehicle and character customization will be featured in the game.[4] Similar to the first game, it will place a huge emphasis on multiplayer. It also features a cooperative multiplayer mode, which allows players to join different rally raid events together. This mode can also be played solo with artificial intelligence.[5] The Crew 2 requires a constant internet connection to play.

Synopsis[edit]

The game features a nonlinear story, that follows the unnamed player character as they go to become a racing icon in the United States by winning in all racing disciplines available in the game. There are four disciplines: Street Racing, Off Road, Freestyle and Pro Racing. In Street Racing, the player is assisted by Latrell. In Off Road, the player is assisted by Tucker "Tuck" Morgan. In Freestyle, the player is assisted by Sofia and her father. In Pro Racing, the player is assisted by Alexis.

Development[edit]

The Crew 2 was developed by Ivory Tower, a subsidiary of publisher Ubisoft.[6] Parts of the development was based on the feedback they received on the previous installment. One major critique was that players did not have enough freedom to explore the world and do missions. To solve the problem, Ubisoft overhauled the game's progression system and decided not to focus much on the game's narrative, which would require players to complete missions in a very specific order, and instead divided the game into several hub worlds, with each representing a unique driving style. Players can stay in these hubs to play the missions that interest them and do not need to force themselves to visit other hubs to play through missions that do not interest them. The Crew's downloadable content, Wild Run, which was positively reviewed by players, also prompted the studio to focus more on developing content regarding offroad racing.[5]

As the game features a variety of vehicles, Ivory Tower also needed to improve the game's graphics. According to the game's producer, Stephane Jankowski, these new types of vehicles allow players to explore the open world with new perspectives. For instance, flying a plane means that players can see objects that are very far away. As a result, the engine had to be modified to significantly improve the game's draw distance. The engine was also updated to include other enhancements, such as atmospheric clouds and realistic vegetation.[5] The game's control was designed to be accessible but "hard to master".[4]

The game was announced in May 2017 during Ubisoft's earning's call.[7] It was revealed at E3 2017 accompanied with a cinematic trailer and gameplay demonstrations. The game was originally set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 16, 2018, however, in early December 2017 Ubisoft announced that the game was postponed towards mid- or late-2018, in order to give developers more time to deliver a quality product.[8] A closed alpha for PC was held from 14 to 19 of March 2018[9] and a closed beta was held from 31 of May to 4 of June of the same year.[10] The game was released worldwide on June 29, 2018.

Marketing[edit]

To entice players of its predecessor to return for The Crew 2, Ubisoft implemented a reward program, which allowed users to unlock up to 18 cars, if they had achieved certain milestones in The Crew before its successor was released. Furthermore, all players of The Crew automatically receive the 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale upon the game's release.[11] Also, the publisher announced the touring car version of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG C 63 and the 2017 Harley-Davidson Iron 883 as pre-order bonus, whereas players ordering the Deluxe or Gold edition will receive further vehicles, with the gold edition also including the season pass.[12] In addition to the reward system, Ubisoft also held a closed beta for players who signed up, as well as an open beta that occurred on June 21 until June 24. Those who participated in the open beta received a gold helmet in the full version of the game. Ubisoft also plans to have a "King of the Road Trip" competition, where popular YouTubers and streamers will get a chance to compete in a competition, where the players race against other players that are in the same region as them.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic(PC) 66/100[13]
(PS4) 64/100[14]
(XONE) 69/100[15]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid7/10[16]
EGM6.5/10[17]
Game Informer6/10[18]
GameSpot8/10[19]
GamesRadar+3.5/5 stars[20]
IGN7.0/10[21]

The Crew 2 received "mixed or average reviews" according to review aggregator Metacritic.[13][14][15]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Additional work by Ubisoft Reflections and Asobo Studio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vazquez, Suriel (June 12, 2017). "First The Crew 2 Trailer Shows Off Multi-Vehicle Races". Game Informer. GameStop. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  2. ^ Devore, Jordan (June 20, 2017). "The Crew 2 feels like a do-over in the best possible way". Destructoid. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Davenport, James (August 26, 2017). "The Crew 2's instant vehicle switching is a fun idea it doesn't use enough". PC Gamer. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Bell, Alice (June 20, 2017). "The Crew 2 preview: you can dive bomb New York in a Porsche". VideoGamer.com. Resero Network. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Sillis, Ben (June 22, 2017). "8 reasons to be excited for The Crew 2". Red Bull. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Reilly, Luke (October 5, 2017). "Ubisoft Acquires The Crew Developer Ivory Tower". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  7. ^ Hussain, Tamoor (May 16, 2017). "The Crew 2 Announced". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  8. ^ Mamiit, Aaron (December 8, 2017). "Ubisoft Delays 'Far Cry 5' And 'The Crew 2': Here's Why That's A Good Thing". Tech Times. Tech Times LCC. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Riccchiuto, Madeline (March 14, 2018). "The Crew 2 is Getting a Closed Alpha for PC This Week". Bleeding Cool. Bleeding Cool. Retrieved March 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Knezevic, Kevin (May 16, 2018). "The Crew 2 Beta Dates Announced For PS4, Xbox One, And PC". GameSpot. GameSpot. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Nelva, Giuseppe. "The Crew 2 Gets Beautiful Screenshots and Rewards Program for The Crew Players". Dual Shockers. Dual Shockers. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  12. ^ Makuch, Eddie (August 24, 2017). "The Crew 2 Release Date, Pre-Order Bonuses Revealed". Gamespot. Gamespot. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "The Crew 2 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  14. ^ a b "The Crew 2 for PlayStation 4 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 29, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "The Crew 2 for Xbox One Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  16. ^ Devore, Jordan (June 29, 2018). "Review: The Crew 2". Destructoid. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  17. ^ Harmon, Josh (June 29, 2018). "The Crew 2 review". Electronic Gaming Monthly. EGM Media, LLC. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  18. ^ Kato, Matthew (June 29, 2018). "The Crew 2 Review". Game Informer. GameStop. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  19. ^ Tran, Edmond (July 5, 2018). "The Crew 2 Review". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  20. ^ Avard, Alex (June 28, 2018). "The Crew 2 review: "A Breezy Summer Getaway That, Like All Good Road Trips, I Best Enjoyed With Friends"". GamesRadar. Future plc. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  21. ^ Reilly, Luke (June 29, 2018). "The Crew 2 Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved July 15, 2018.

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