The Crew

It's a game that requires and occasionally enforces patience, but like all great road trips it's about the journey, not the destination.

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VideoWatch: Is Wild Run the reason to return to The Crew?

Gameplay and impressions of Ubisoft's open world expansion.

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.

The Crew's upcoming DLC and updates detailed in new trailer

The Crew's upcoming DLC and updates detailed in new trailer

Weather effects, enhanced graphics and DLC coming to current-gen, but not Xbox 360.

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.

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The Crew time-limited trial launches for PS4, Xbox One

The Crew time-limited trial launches for PS4, Xbox One

Take two hours of progress into the full game.

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.

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The Crew review

RecommendedThe Crew review

Vast and curious.

The Crew is an astonishing achievement. The game world takes care of that single-handedly, offering the entirety of the continental United States, masterfully compressed and pruned into a playable, driveable space. But it's not the vastness that's impressive, it's the level of fidelity and the authenticity of its character.

Cities and towns are oversized, compared to the network of roads and acres of countryside between them, but that's in order to make each one a convincing, recognisable and explorable space in and of itself. Dallas might never be the sole inspiration for an open world game, for example, but here you can roll through the dust-skirted suburbs as the downtown skyscrapers rise to meet you. What's more every location, regardless of size or significance, feels hand-crafted, with appropriate architecture, distinctive buildings and local flora and fauna.

Between those more populous areas, on the highways and byways, The Crew is an ode to the great American road trip. Not one in particular, nor just the ones cherry picked by Hollywood or Kerouac, but all of them. At once.

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The Crew is broken - but packed with potential

Connectivity issues and a poor story don't quite obscure the magnificence of Ivory Tower's world.

So many games fail to live up to their promise, but The Crew may be one of the first to struggle to live up to its own name. Ubisoft's newly released driving game takes its title from the ability to form squads of friends to drive around the vast, open-world digest of America that developer Ivory Tower has created. It's a feature introduced in a day one patch, and - some 24 hours after the game's launch - it's one that remains temperamental at best.

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.

The Crew open beta goes live next week

The Crew open beta goes live next week

On PS4 and Xbox One anyway.

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.

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Ubisoft details The Crew's 20 Season Pass

Ubisoft details The Crew's 20 Season Pass

Early access to 14 cars, plus exclusive stickers and rims.

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.

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The Crew to receive a new beta next week

The Crew to receive a new beta next week

For PS4 and Xbox One anyway.

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.

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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.

The Crew release date set for December

The Crew release date set for December

Second console beta due in November.

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."

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The Crew Xbox One and PlayStation 4 beta release date

The Crew Xbox One and PlayStation 4 beta release date

Sign up now for launch next week.

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.

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