A new game in the Test Drive series is being teased on Twitter ahead of the Nacon Connect stream that’s set to be held tomorrow evening.
— Test Drive (@testdrive) July 3, 2020
It seems to reveal a new logo for the game as well, with the letters S and C incorporated as part of a stylised lotus flower-like design. This seems to tie in with the UK IPO filing for a game called Test Drive Solar Crown, especially with the sun and crown emoji in the tweet, though Test Drive Unlimited 3 would have a smidgeon more brand recognition and rose tinted memories for some racing fans.
It has been a long, long time since the last Test Drive game. That came in 2012 with Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends, developed by Slightly Mad Studios of Project Cars fame, with Test Drive Unlimited and its sequel released back in 2006 and 2011 by Eden Games. The series as a whole stretches all the way back to 1987.
The two Test Drive Unlimited games were pioneers of online racing, in many ways, with large open worlds to drive around and the ability to race and challenge other drivers. Such features even extended to the PlayStation 2 and PSP versions of TDU, launching on those platforms prior to the dawn of the modern PlayStation Network era on PlayStation 3. Needless to say, online connectivity, shared world and open world racing have become de rigueur since 2006, from Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed to the popular Forza Horizon series.
We didn’t pin a score on Test Drive Unlimited 2, but Alex did share some thoughts on the game:
“There are moments in Test Drive Unlimited 2 when everything snaps together perfectly and you get an all too rare, blissful, zen-like rush of pure joy. If it’s the right time of day with the sun setting on the horizon ahead, an open road at 150mph and Paul Van Dyke blasting through the in-car radio like Kevin and Perry going large, it’s a dreamy, unworldly sensation that could only be captured with all the variables firmly in place. TDU2, when it works, is breathtaking.”
Of course, the next line was, “But when it doesn’t, it’s a wreck.”
We’ll have to see tomorrow which end of the spectrum the next game is heading for.