Back when The Crew launched at the tail-end of last year, I felt like we were pretty much alone in enjoying the open world online racer, but it turns out we weren't the only ones turned on by the Test Drive Unlimited spiritual successor. Some 3 million people have played it, apparently, and it's done well enough not only for Ubisoft to acquire developer Ivory Tower, but also for a significant expansion to be prepped for release this November.
Today marks the release of Ivory Tower and Ubisoft's The Crew - what a day to be alive! - and we're celebrating such a momentous occasion with a livestream from 5pm. What do you mean you're not excited about the game? Well I wasn't either, but those who have got over their apathy and put the disc in the drive tell me there's a half decent game there, somewhere. We'll have more thoughts for you tomorrow ahead of our review next week.
Greetings, Eurogamers. Now it is September, I realise I should have booked some kind of holiday. Mike seems fine; he has apparently been on an American road trip. This is weird, because he hasn't left his flat in weeks.
When Black Rock and Bizarre Creations shut down in 2011 on the back of dismal sales for Split/Second and Blur, a lot of us forecast doom and gloom for arcade racing. Two years later, though, there are still plenty of developers trying to make it work. EA still has the Need for Speed, even spinning up a studio in Gothenburg to focus on it, while Bugbear Entertainment has just announced a new racing game due out in early 2014.