The Crew is an open world racing game that is being developed by Ivory Tower and Ubisoft. Over the last few months there have been a series of closed betas for PC and is currently underway for PS4 and Xbox One. The Crew was scheduled for a release on November 11th, but after reviewing the feedback and game data, Ivory Tower and Ubisoft will be pushing back the launch by almost a month to December 2nd.
“We received a lot of valuable information from the recent PC and console betas,” says Creative Director Julian Gerighty. “We are now scrutinizing all of the player feedback so we can ensure that The Crew delivers the seamless open-world experience that meets everyone’s high expectations.”
Some of the things they are looking to resolve and change is the option to remove the HUD so you can see more of the landscape while driving around the beautiful landscape across the US. They are also fine tuning the collisions to be even more realistic and adding in new visual effects. Another major enhancement will be made to the difficulty of the game, like alterations to the police A.I. and better integration of voice chat.
“One of the best qualities of The Crew is that it’s so open to being played in different ways,” Gerighty says. “People will find pleasure doing different things. Giving people that choice is something we really believe in.”
I was able to take part in the PC beta back in late August and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I spent countless hours roaming from Miami to Seattle to LA and back to New York. I am glad to see them putting a delay on the game to offer a bit more based on the user feedback. The HUD is a bit large when you are just out and about, and it is also not super important at that time either. As you can see from a screen shot below.
The Police AI did get pretty intense at times. I only got picked up a handful of times though. They were, at that time, fairly aggressive and you really needed to put on some good driving skills to escape. I for one am looking forward to The Crews release, even if it has been pushed back slightly. Rather have a better experience than watch them scramble for complaints after launch.