The glitzy, glamorous racing of Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown has been shown off yet again, with KT Racing revealing that the game is set on Hong Kong Island. The Test Drive series revival is expected to release on 22nd September 2022 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.
What… were you expecting gameplay? Not so fast, Sonny Jim! Nacon are still over a year away from releasing the game, and so there’s plenty of time to get to that. However, they did reveal that you will race for one of the three rival clans in the city, looking to rise up the ranks and take control.
Test Drive Unlimited was announced this time last year 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