A new teaser trailer for Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown has been released, giving us a look at the mood and tone that the racing game series revival is looking to evoke. This is all about glitzy, Casino Royale-esque style, asking you to “place your chips on the table, and go all-in with your style.”
Unfortunately there’s no gameplay to go alongside the mood trailer, but there is the promise that more will be revealed in July 2021. Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
Test Drive Unlimited was announced back at Nacon Connect 2020 in July last year, with WRC series developer KT Racing taking charge of a thoroughly different style of racing game – the game will actually be based on the same physics engine that KT Racing created for the rally series. Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown aims to remain faithful to the PS3 and Xbox 360 era racing series, filled with high end dream cars, offering plenty of customisation and avatars to represent you, not to mention racing in an open world setting, an island that’s been built on a 1:1 scale.
The first 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.”
Source: press release