Eleven years after the release of Test Drive Unlimited 2, fans are looking forward to the Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown: The latest entry in the TDU series was scheduled for a September 22nd release – but more patience is needed. The official Twitter account of the game announced that the release would be pushed back until 2023 – additionally, the planned versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are getting scrapped.

A long blog post on Steam explains the delay: Due to the size of Hong Kong Island and its 550 kilometers of streets which should be accessible in its entirety, an enormous amount of work is needed to create the environment. Developer KT Racing and publisher Nacon aim to create a “no-limits playground where the fun never ends” and wants to meet the expectations of the community, meaning they do not want to rush the game.

Like the release date, the originally planned versions for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are a victim of this approach as well. The blog post states “[…]with the aim of making the most of the technology in the latest consoles and maximizing the overall quality of the game, Nacon has decided to no longer develop Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.” Users of the older console generation will not get the game as a result.

Additionally, a beta testing phase has been announced: The post promises that “the more impatient among you will get the chance to test the game long before it releases.” The beta phase aims to ensure a certain level of quality in the game as well. However, it is not yet known when the Closed Beta Phase might start.

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