Usually when a person hears the term “Multiplayer Open-World Game” the person will think mostly of MMORPG games such as World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, Allods Online or other things of the sort. Open World racing games are still quite uncommon and don’t have any big names out there excluding Need for Speed World of course.
The Crew is an upcoming open world multiplayer heavy racing game which takes place across the United States. While it does mostly focus on playing multiplayer, it still has a single player campaign that clocks in at around 20 hours on a general play-through and even that can be played multiplayer if you don’t want to fly solo.
Expect the gameplay of The Crew to resemble that of a traditional racing game with just a few twists of its own to add that touch of “uniqueness” to the game and according to the developer, driving coast to coast from one end of the game world to the other takes around 1 hour and 45 minutes which is insane and the size of New York City in the game is approximately equal to that of Liberty City in GTA IV.
Putting gameplay elements aside, the core emphasis of The Crew is on multiplayer racing. Players can customize their car, compete with people in online races or other game modes but the most anticipated feature of the game is that players can create teams of their own known as “Crews” and then compete with other “Crews” or even ghost records of themselves which is the main reason why the game has managed to build up so much hype around it.
The Creative Director of The Crew, Julian Gerighty even went as far as to call it a “Role Playing Game with Large Scale Multiplayer Elements”. The game also plans to use the new co-operative features of the new generation of consoles to bring something unique to the table and will also allow you to build your cars from your iOS/Android phone thanks to a tie-in app.
From what we know of The Crew this far, it has shown some serious promise and could even compete against the dominant titan of the racing games industry which is the Need for Speed series.
The game is expected to release during fall this year and it will be released for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and even to the PC audience.