Among the foremost releases over the approaching months is The Crew Motorfest, Ivory Tower’s open-world racing follow-up to The Crew 2. It releases on September 14th for Xbox One, Xbox Sequence X/S, PS4, PS5 and PC, and provides a number of adjustments over the sequence’ system. Listed here are 15 of the largest variations between The Crew Motorfest and The Crew 2.
Over 600 Automobiles at Launch
The Crew Motorfest launches with over 600 automobiles, in comparison with The Crew 2, which had greater than 500. It’s not dangerous, contemplating one thing like Forza Horizon 5 provided over 500 vehicles (although that quantity has elevated drastically since its launch). The Crew Motorfest provides automobiles from over 50 producers and throughout a number of archetypes like Drift, Hypercars, Rally, Drag and extra. Nonetheless, like its predecessor, it’s not restricted to vehicles – you even have bikes, Quads, Powerboats and Planes to commandeer.
Whereas it’s good that some automobiles carry over, what about new additions? Ivory Tower has confirmed +80 new vehicles, manufacturers or automobile sorts, together with new quad bikes and SSVs. New automobile additions embody the Toyota Supra, Lotus Evija, GMC Hummer EV and even electrical vehicles from Porsche and Nissan. General, you possibly can stay up for manufacturers like Aston Martin, BMW, Audi, Chevrolet, Ford, Lamborghini, Porsche and far more to make an look.
One space that The Crew Motorfest has over Forza Horizon 5 is that you simply don’t need to earn automobiles that have been already within the earlier recreation from scratch. Nearly something unlocked in The Crew 2 will carry over into Motorfest. Whilst you can import vehicles and vanities, you can begin from scratch and achieve this later.
After all, not each automobile – which incorporates sure automotive producers, jet sprints, hovercrafts and helicopters – is out there in The Crew Motorfest at launch, nevertheless it may very well be added later. Assortment Import covers eligible automobiles launched earlier than Season 9 of The Crew 2, however a few of these launched in the identical season are coming in December with Season 2 of Motorfest. And no, unlocking a automobile in Motorfest doesn’t make it obtainable in The Crew 2.
O’ahu in Hawaii
The Crew 1 and 2 provided large scaled-down variations of the USA to discover. Within the first recreation, it may take 45 minutes to drive from coast to coast (and if servers went down, you misplaced a bunch of progress, however that’s neither right here nor there). The Crew 2 continued on this style however leaned into completely different automobile sorts and disciplines to combine issues up.
With The Crew Motorfest, gamers will discover just one location – O’ahu in Hawaii, which can also be scaled down. As such, the sq. footage is approach lower than The Crew 2. Nonetheless, it provides a wide range of completely different racing websites, from the town of Honolulu to seashores and even a volcano. Earlier than you scream, “Identical to Forza Horizon,” don’t fear – it’s type of the purpose.
Improved Dealing with
In the event you performed The Crew 2, you could bear in mind the general dealing with and physics to be just a little on the iffy aspect. With The Crew Motorfest, Ivory Tower has re-spec’d its automobiles to accommodate a brand new physics mannequin. Each will really feel distinctive, and you will need to take into account completely different terrain sorts, like mud, asphalt, mud, and so on. when selecting a automobile.
Up to now, based mostly on the closed beta, the dealing with is already significantly better, although the Drift physics seemingly wants extra work. Whereas nonetheless not fairly on the stage of the Forza titles, gamers have reported that the driving is an enormous enchancment over The Crew 2.
New to The Crew Motorfest, additional nudging it in direction of the Forza Horizon clone standing, is the Pageant Space. There’s just one, and it provides a number of capabilities, together with an off-road racing space, a monitor for Drag races, and extra. You’ll be able to journey on a double loop for some motive, nevertheless it seems to be enjoyable. One of many greatest new additions is the Automotive Meet, the place different gamers can work together and take a look at their automobiles. There are additionally weekly contests for evaluating customization jobs.
Playlists vs Disciplines
The Crew 2 targeted its racing actions on 4 Disciplines: Road Race, Professional Racing, Off-Street and Freestyle. Every Self-discipline had completely different actions, like Jetsprints and Monster Vans in Freestyle to Hovercrafts and Motocross within the Off-Street Self-discipline.
The Crew Motorfest opts for Playlists, which concentrate on completely different themes, like Electrical Odyssey (seemingly centred on the brand new electrical automobiles), Made in Japan (targeted on Road Racing and Japanese sports activities vehicles), Off-Roading Addict and Classic Storage (the place gamers progress by way of completely different eras of automobiles, ranging from the ’50s). There are 15 Playlists at launch, every with distinctive challenges and rewards, together with a Particular Version automobile upon finishing one.
If the Forza comparisons aren’t sufficient, The Crew Motorfest contains a Rewind operate. It’s hardly new for racing video games (take a look at GRID Legends and F1 23), nevertheless it was surprisingly absent in The Crew 2. You would go reset your place with Again on Observe, dropping time within the course of. Going again a number of seconds and requesting a do-over on sure sections wasn’t doable.
Demolition Royale and Grand Race
For brand spanking new modes, The Crew Motorfest provides Demolition Royale and Grand Race. The previous is a Final Group Standing type race with 32 gamers divided into eight crews. It’s just a little extra simple than Forza Horizon 5’s The Eliminator because you basically slam into enemy vehicles and decide up bonuses, like shields and harm boosts, whereas additionally charging your Final.
There’s additionally the Grand Race, a free-for-all race the place 28 gamers compete for supremacy. Whereas not fairly as chaotic as Riders Republic’s races, the upper participant rely makes it busier.
When The Crew 2 launched, it embraced the Season Move mannequin with 25 further automobiles, of which three have been unique, a location in your assortment, two avatar outfits and a 20 % low cost for the in-game retailer. It will undertake a seasonal method with the Battle Move-esque Motor Move, including new Summits, modes and automobiles to unlock.
The Crew Motorfest provides a Yr 1 Move with 25 automobiles, together with two new exclusives, however has deliberate for seasons from the outset. The main target is on completely different “automotive tradition” fantasies, with skilled drivers, tuners and extra exhibiting up as company, and you may count on new actions. Seasons final 4 months, with Season 1 specializing in the largest automotive manufacturers on the earth, whereas Season 2 is about Hoonigan and its automobiles.
Viewing the problem settings from The Crew 2 when it launched is a visit. It’s an extended record of “no’s” for every part from a number of problem ranges to purpose help (for all of the….aiming you do in a race?). By comparability, The Crew Motorfest is leagues higher. Expertise Sort means that you can set the AI problem to Beginner, Intermediate or Professional (with XP bonuses starting from zero to 25 % additional). You’ll be able to set the problem of occasions, Auto Braking and Auto Steering, flip Rewind and Nitro on or off, toggle Steering Help for airplane dealing with and extra. It’s not essentially the most in-depth, however nonetheless an enormous enchancment.
In the identical vein, the accessibility settings are an enormous bounce ahead from The Crew 2. Subtitles, color-blind modes, textual content dimension, racing line opacity, altering button holds to presses, digital camera shake, a excessive distinction HUD, movement blur – it’s all in Motorfest. Additionally, whereas The Crew 2 allowed partial button remapping (some controls couldn’t be modified, no matter platform), The Crew Motorfest helps full button remapping for all peripherals.
Over 800 Automotive Elements
Ivory Tower confirmed that The Crew Motorfest would have over 800 automotive components at launch, 20 % greater than The Crew 2, with choices for customizing engine sounds, from the lifelike to the unique. There are supposedly “hundreds of thousands” of combos, however we’ll have to attend and see simply how in-depth the customization could be.
Race Creator Mode
If there’s one characteristic we’d have cherished to see Motorfest take from The Crew 2, it’s Race Creator. Launched as a part of Season 9, it allowed gamers to create and share their races. It allowed for modifying settings like climate, visitors, time of day, restrictions on sure manufacturers, and even inserting as much as 1000 checkpoints. Hopefully, it debuts in Motorfest someday sooner or later.