"If You Stick To The Roads In A Good Car"
Audacious next-gen racer The Crew may have been delayed, but it promises to be utterly, stonkingly huge. Ubisoft Project Manager Charles-Arthur Bourget gave us a taste of exactly what its 5000km² playground had to offer if you were to try to cross it in real time.
"What we started with when we first starting developing the game is to recreate the entire USA," Charles-Arthur told Dealspwn.com at a preview event earlier this year. "So we started with a huge playground to play with, and a lot of variety in that playground. The map is actually 5000km², it features a lot of different environments. So not only can you do your classic illegal street racing in the busy city centres, but you could also go offroad through the forests, on dunes, in the desert, there's pretty much no restriction when it comes to driving around.
"So when we say it's an open world, we take it very seriously. It's for you to decide where you want to go.
"In order for players to enjoy that huge playground, we gave them the tools to drive every inch of that terrain. So this is how it ties into the customisation system we have in the game. You'll be able to customise your car to perform better on roads and off-road, if you are more of a rally racer or a Dakar racer, you'll be able to customise your car to enjoy those kinds of driving experiences."
All well and good, but just how does 5000km² translate into meaningful distance and gameplay time? We asked Bourget how long it would take to cross the map from East to West. "Basically it would take an hour and a half if you stick to the roads in a good car," he replied, "and two hours and a half offroad with a tuning kit. Going full circle will take about four hours."
That, dear reader, is seriously big. Note that you can leap around the map using fast-travel via the map, however, if you don't have that kind of time on your hands.
Stay tuned for our hands-on preview, video coverage and interview regarding the ambitious next-gen racer very soon.