Atari and Eden Studios’ next open-world racing and lifestyle game, Test Drive Unlimited 2, is set and ready for release early next month, on February 8th in North America and February 11th in Europe and the UK, which is when videogame racing fans will be able to immerse themselves in what is being called a Massively Open Online Racing game, or ‘M.O.O.R.’
Scheduled to become available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC, Test Drive Unlimited 2 will aim to expand on the traditional racing experience and engross players in a persistent, online environment, “revolutionizing multiplayer racing communities as players compete, team up, and share their achievements and creations online.”
In addition to this open world experience, Test Drive Unlimited 2 will feature the usual set of realistic vehicles and performance dynamics, vehicle damage, weather effects, day/night cycles and an entirely new island to explore.
In continuing the Test Drive Unlimited approach to online and offline gaming, the sequel will attempt to blend the singleplayer and multiplayer experiences together seamlessly, creating an “always live” environment for players to hop in and out of, as well as the ability to play through the singleplayer narrative offline or with a friend.
In order to get a better idea of how the development team behind Test Drive Unlimited 2 intends to bring its special brand of innovation to the racing genre, you can watch the first and second developer diaries released for the game, below:
Test Drive Unlimited 2 – Diary Part I: The Road to Ibiza
Test Drive Unlimited 2 – Diary Part II: Power is Nothing without Control
In case you needed further convincing, here’s a quick fact sheet dump for Test Drive Unlimited 2 to get better acquainted with some of the game’s features:
“Test Drive Unlimited 2 is “always live” with automatic content updates and seamless online/offline integration. New content, challenges and features will integrate dynamically into the gameplay as the world evolves over time.”
“Tailor your car with custom paint jobs, decals and trims. Customize every aspect of your avatar ‒ hair, clothes, physique and attitude. Buy your dream house (or showroom: or yacht), decorate, furnish and invite your friends.”
“Test Drive Unlimited 2 puts the world’s most desirable vehicles in the player’s hands. These ultra-limited edition masterpieces are flawlessly replicated with Eden’s finely tuned driving technology. Unlock vehicles from elite manufacturers such as Gumpert, Koenigsegg, Aston Martin, Audi and more.”
“An all-new single player story mode with compelling character progression. A dramatic narrative, unforgettable characters, and immersive cut scenes to draw you in to the vibrant world of Test Drive Unlimited 2.
“Single player mode can be experienced offline or as part of the multiplayer experience. Create your custom avatar and build your fortune.”
“Hit the streets on a whole new island: IBIZA. New terrain types, architecture and beautiful vistas bring this legendary location to life. Take on thousands of unique missions as you explore over two-thousand miles of back roads and black top in this Mediterranean paradise. Additionally, you can head to the Ibiza airport and take a flight to Oahu and experience the Hawaiian island as you never have before: with more than 600km of new asphalt and off-road network added as well as completely new missions and challenges.”
“Massively Open Online Racing is back! Level up your character based on your style of play, enjoy all co-op and competitive racing modes, and take on other racers that you encounter in our high-speed sandbox.”
“A whole new out-of-car mode, where you can walk around shared spaces and interact with other players. All new driving clubs (guilds) now a huge part of the game. “
“Dozens of new enhancements, features and modes: dynamic weather, day/night, motion blur, car damage, a completely new handling model and more. New core driving modes and game-play: Championship, racing school, duels, cups. Off-road is now featured, with a whole new class of vehicle and hundreds of miles of off road tracks now in the game.”