Ubisoft's excellent open-world racing game The Crew is free to download on PC from mid-September.
Well this is a pleasant surprise - at least if you, like me, unfashionably insist that Ivory Tower's open-world racing MMO The Crew is an underrated gem. Publisher Ubisoft has just announced a second expansion, Calling All Units, to be released on 29th November.
As you would guess from the title, Calling All Units has a police theme that takes players out of their undercover-cop crime duds and puts them in those souped-up police supercars that only exist in video games (and, perhaps, Dubai).
Unlike the previous and rather underwhelming expansion Wild Run, Calling All Units will feature new story campaign missions and introduce a new level cap of 60.
Ubisoft has bought the developer behind racing game The Crew.
Ubisoft has released a new Gamescom trailer detailing what its open-world "CarPG" The Crew will be getting between its Wild Run expansion and future updates.
First off, Wild Run will add motorbikes to the driving game. There will also be three new car classes with Dragsters, Monster Trucks and Drift Vehicles.
Outside of Wild Run, the core game will be getting dynamic weather effects and enhanced graphics including increased depth of field.
Ubisoft has launched a two-hour trial of its open world racer The Crew.
The time-limited version launched on PlayStation 4 last night, while Xbox One users can expect it today.
Rather than a simple demo, the trial will gift you a full version of the game - which means a 14GB download on PlayStation 4 or 16GB on Xbox One.
Ubisoft's The Crew has entered the UK all-formats chart in sixth place.
The Crew will receive an open beta on PS4 and Xbox One running from 25th-27th November, Ubisoft has announced.
There have already been a couple of beta tests for The Crew, resulting in Ubisoft's upcoming "CarPG" being played by over a million people, but these early trials were closed and required signing up and receiving a code. This one, however, is open to all.
Like the previous beta tests, this one is limited to two of the game's five regions (the East Coast and Midwest to be specific). Elsewhere, two of the five spec classes, Street and Dirt, will be included in the beta.
Drop an extra £19.99 on The Crew and you can pick up the game's Season Pass, which will grant access to another 14 vehicles.
Two exclusive cars (the McLaren 12C and Ferrari 458 Speciale) will be available to Season Pass holders at launch.
Four packs of three new cars will then follow on each month from the start of 2015.
UPDATE 7/11/14 11.30am:
Ubisoft has announced the minimum, recommended and optimal PC specifications for its open-world driving game The Crew, which is due out on 2nd December.
Ubisoft's open-world "Car PG" The Crew will enter its second and final beta between 6th and 10th November.
To participate you need to register for the beta on either PS4 or Xbox One on The Crew's official site. While technically a closed beta, Ubisoft noted that it "will be accessible to all Xbox Live and PlayStation Network members; however some online features will require an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership."
While The Crew will allow players free reign over a miniaturised version of the United States, the beta will be limited to two regions: the East Coast and Midwest. Classes too will be limited to Street and Dirt, while the final game will feature five types to choose from.
Ubisoft's upcoming open-world racing game The Crew will be 30 frames per second on PS4 and Xbox One, but its developer has said that it's not going to stop PC users from adjusting the frame-rate based on their hardware - as many did with the beta that came with an artificial 30 fps lock.
Ubisoft's upcoming open-world racing game The Crew is now due to be released worldwide on 2nd December for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Xbox 360.
The Crew was originally set for an 11th November release, but you know how these things go. Better late and polished than early and unfinished, eh? And on the plus side, there will be a second closed console beta for The Crew sometime in November (making it the fourth beta test overall, since the first two were PC-exclusive).
"We received a lot of valuable information from the recent PC and console betas," said creative director Julian Gerighty on the Ubisoft Blog. "We are now scrutinising all of the player feedback so we can ensure that The Crew delivers the seamless open-world experience that meets everyone's high expectations."
PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners will be able to access a closed beta test for The Crew from Tuesday, 30th September, publisher Ubisoft has announced.
The invite-only console test follows earlier beta access for the game on PC during both July and August.
There's no word yet on a beta for The Crew's upcoming Xbox 360 edition.
UPDATE: Ubisoft has changed tack and said it is "aiming" for 60fps for the launch version of The Crew on PC.
Ubisoft has offered its reasoning for why there will be an Xbox 360 port of its open world racer The Crew but no version for PlayStation 3 or Wii U.
The Crew, Ubisoft's open-world online racing game for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, will be released on 11th November, it was announced at the French publisher's E3 press conference today. (That may mean 14th November in Europe.)
Creative director Julian Gerighty also announced that the game's closed beta will begin on July 23rd. You can sign up for a chance of joining in at thecrewgame.com/beta.
A new, moody time-lapse trailer was shown, showcasing a single, two-hour mission that takes you all the way from Miami to Los Angeles - check it out below.
Ubisoft's upcoming open-world racing game The Crew has been delayed from early 2014 until Q3 of next year on PS4 , Xbox One and PC.
Uplay, Ubisoft's digital platform, has been confirmed for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
Uplay will be available on all the titles in Ubisoft's next-generation lineup, which includes Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, The Crew, The Division and Watch Dogs.
Also set for next-gen consoles are the recently announced Child of Light, Valiant Hearts and Trials Fusion.
Eye-catching PlayStation 4 and Xbox One open-world game The Division will launch towards the end of 2014, Ubisoft has said.
The game's release window was narrowed by Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot during an investor call last night.
The Crew, a co-production between Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections, is nearer release. Ubisoft expects it to launch during Q1 2014 - so, by April next year.