The Crew Open Beta Launches Today As Ubisoft Opens Up About Reviews

Try before you buy.

The post-launch embargoes for Assassin’s Creed: Unity kicked up quite a fuss, with the game suffering from widespread bugs and issues that most definitely had an impact on the reviews and the overall conclusions that were drawn from the game. Needless to say, having a review embargo set after launch felt in some quarters like it was done to deceive consumers, so for The Crew, Ubisoft have felt it necessary to open up about how they’re accommodating reviews. Of course, the only reason why they need to do this is because reviews won’t be possible until after launch.

With such a heavily connected and online game, there are naturally mitigating circumstances which make reviews prior to release very difficult to achieve. Writing on the Ubisoft blog, they explained:

We also know that many of you will be eager to turn to experts for their professional advice. You want to read how the pros feel after their carefully considered road tests of The Crew. While we totally understand (hey, we read reviews, too!), The Crew was built from the beginning to be a living playground full of driving fans, so it’s only possible to assess our game in its entirety with other real players in the world. And by other, we mean thousands and thousands and thousands of players – something that can’t be simulated with a handful of devs playing alongside the press.

For this very reason, The Crew will be available to media to begin their reviews when the game launches on December 2. There will be absolutely no embargo on any type of coverage once the game is available for sale. While we fully anticipate that you might see some reviews immediately at launch – largely built around the preview sessions we facilitated during the past months or the limited content of the closed and open betas – they won’t be based on optimal conditions or reflect the finished game.

It’s a shame that the nature of The Crew does limit the potential for early reviews, as an important way of informing purchasing decisions, and doubly so that this comes so soon after the release of Unity.

However, there is at least a fully open beta launching today and running until 8AM on Friday (UK time) which, although short and requiring a hefty download, will allow a lot of people to sample the game ahead of launch and make up their own minds. This is similar to Destiny, which also lacked reviews on launch but was preceded by two major testing phases. So If you’re interested in the game, we’d advise that you simply try the open beta – here’s a link for UK PS4 owners – or at least give your trusted critics a day or two in which to patch together some first impressions.

Source: Ubisoft

16 Comments

  1. I’m going to give this another go. It wasn’t perfect but the amount of customisation available interests me.

  2. I think that’s a fair point and well articulated. At the end of the day, transparency is the key.

    After DriveClub, I won’t be buying any games that rely heavily on connectivity until a few weeks after launch but I am interested in the trying the beta.

  3. Was half tempted to pick up this game when it was first announced as it seemed very Burnout-esqe. Sadly the alpha was a bit dull and I cannot justify giving my money to Ubisoft anymore as the game is bound to be broken on launch day.

    • I wouldn’t really judge a game on its alpha. That’s like seeing one scene from a movie and declaring it shit. I’d give the beta a try personally, see if it has any vast improvements.

      Can’t disagree with the second point though. If the beta impresses me I’m going to wait a while until after release. No doubt it will be a bit of a mess for a month or two.

  4. I don’t know the numbers involved in the last beta but every time I tried to play a multiplayer race the game couldn’t find anyone in a PvP to join. Even in co-op mode it was difficult to find someone to join.
    So I can see their point as it would be difficult to review that part of the game.

  5. I’ll give this a go tonight. The online seemed pretty sparse when I tried the closed beta.

  6. “There will be absolutely no embargo on any type of coverage once the game is available for sale” – This should be standard……..

    • Also we should be able to see a review before we decide to buy it…..

      • So don’t decide until after the reviews.

  7. Queued up on my download list now and i’ll give it a go tonight.

  8. Ubisoft = Broken. Given there lack of love for PC gamers with terrible ports of late i wont be touching this until i see a number of reviews.

  9. Oh, I’m definitely not buying this. I don’t think its that good, but some people do get excited about a game and want to buy and play it as soon as its released. It seems only fair that they should be able to read a review before their overexcitement gets to them and they spunk their cash on a substandard game.

    • Yeah but I think people sometimes act a little entitled. If there are no reviews, just wait until there are. If you aren’t willing to wait, take your chances and accept the risk it might be poor/buggy.

    • Is there some unwritten rule that you MUST get a game on release? Why is everybody eager to rush these days. Chill out, and wait for reviews if you need them. Simple.

  10. Three hours to download the beta but after numerous tries it wouldn’t even start because it couldn’t connect to Ubisoft’s server.
    Wait, this game relies on a Ubisoft server? What was i thinking..

    • Same here mate, what a joke. Thats another ubisoft game off my pre-order list.

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