Test Drive Unlimited | Solar Crown Trailer Reveal

Many of the longer term racing game fans here will likely be familiar with the mega cool Test Drive Unlimited series - well, now we have a new instalment coming - and here is the first trailer!

OK, it's called a trailer but unless I'm missing something I don't actually see any real gameplay footage contained within the short video, but what I'm sure you can all agree on is, what we do see is rather graphically impressive indeed.

Another nice noteworthy point is the sight of some impressive official brands within the trailer, with both Aston Martin and Range Rover having a significant presence in the new video, as is the indication that the new title will continue in the spirit of earlier franchise entries in that it looks set to be highly story driven - giving the game a more substantial gameplay experience that limiting the title to core driving missions.

At present, not much is known about the upcoming new game, aside from the fact console and PC versions of the title will be made available on launch, however it looks like we will have to contain waiting just a little longer before we find out exactly when that release date will be.

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I'm actually looking forward to it. Sank about a 100 hours in TDU2, cruising around with a friend and showing off how far we got without each other. Something actually felt rewarding when buying your first super car in it.
 
Ive loved TDU/2 but this trailer is completly "empty". We just see 2 cars in a parkdeck....thats all.

I hope, there will be a nice place, good physics (for 2021) and proper VR support.
I to be honest, i dont have big expectations not to be disappointed......
 
And absolutely nothing was shown. :unsure:

One of my utopian dreams is to have a TDU-like game with realistic driving physics and a huge variety of cars (including classics). The earlier seems impossible (gotta market these games towards as much people as possible these days, especially on consoles) but the latter might not.
 
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TDU is a simcade open world game with no customization and a lot of exotics. The issue is that the devs moved on to make Forza Horizon and it shows. There are very few things if at all that TDU does that Forza horizon doesn't except maybe the house buying/customization and the aesthethic of being a rich boy with exotic cars.
tdu? simcade? I would say GT/Forza series are simcade, tdu is pure arcade, a very enjoyable one, but far from being a simcade
 
I actually played the original TDU quite a lot, despite the whole arcadey street racing thing absolutely not being to my usual taste. It was the freedom to drive/cruise/race over an entire island that got me, so if they manage to recreate that with this instalment then I might actually be interested. (In a decent sale, at least.) I would normally require VR for a racing game, but I can see this as being more of a chilled racing experience compared to my usual sims, played on control pad rather than bothering to set up all my proper gear. We'll see though... if it's too story-heavy or tries to recreate a Fast & Furious movie then it won't be for me.

Have to agree with what others have said about the trailer though. It's totally worthless as it shows nothing whatsoever. I wish publishers would hype their games by providing genuine gameplay movies showing what their product can do, instead of these pretty but pointless cinematics which are totally unrepresentative of the final product.

I hate marketing **** like this, Just show us what you got or shut the hell up.
Absolutely spot on. :thumbsup:
 
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TDU would have been a great bit of fun if it weren't the colossal disaster that was the extremely low poly roads.

TDU2 fixed the roads, but ruined everything else; the physics were terrible, the location wasn't nearly as interesting, and the "story"... just... no. No no no no no no no. Every single time a game dev tries to shoehorn some dudebro, DJ, hyping musicfest vibe BS into a game, any game, it's utterly terrible. That scene is absolutely horrible in real life, let alone the executive director mandated implementation in a game. It's utterly horrible.

If this has any of that in it, at all, it'll be total garbage.

If they can do a modern TDU1 with smooth roads, it might be fun. BUT TDU1 also existed before Forza Horizon did (at least on PC, anyways), so it didn't have any competition. Now Horizon is available and has done a pretty good job, overall, at the open world casual driving game. Hard to see this being better, even if Horizon does have too much of the dudebro BS in it.
 
TDU 1 was brilliant in its time, played it a lot on pc and Xbox 360.

TDU 2... not so brilliant, driving was dull and scenery was uninspiring, "feel" was missing from whole game, totally opposite than TDU 1.
 
I loved the original but didn't really enjoy the second as much. I hope they have sim physics available and that it feels good with a wheel, if so I will likely play this quite a bit. A full sim with lots of different cars, maybe some customization, and a nice big open world like what was in the original TDU is pretty much my dream game.
 
TDU would have been a great bit of fun if it weren't the colossal disaster that was the extremely low poly roads.

TDU2 fixed the roads, but ruined everything else; the physics were terrible, the location wasn't nearly as interesting, and the "story"... just... no. No no no no no no no. Every single time a game dev tries to shoehorn some dudebro, DJ, hyping musicfest vibe BS into a game, any game, it's utterly terrible. That scene is absolutely horrible in real life, let alone the executive director mandated implementation in a game. It's utterly horrible.

If this has any of that in it, at all, it'll be total garbage.

If they can do a modern TDU1 with smooth roads, it might be fun. BUT TDU1 also existed before Forza Horizon did (at least on PC, anyways), so it didn't have any competition. Now Horizon is available and has done a pretty good job, overall, at the open world casual driving game. Hard to see this being better, even if Horizon does have too much of the dudebro BS in it.
I love the idea of Horizon but I absolutely hate the physics. Why they have to make them even more arcadey just because its an open world game is completely beyond me. You would think that in a game where the main objective is to cruise around with friends that more realistic physics would be more accesible anyway due to it not always being about going as fast as humanly possible. If you are going to just cruise around there should be realistic physics and decent force feedback in order to really be engaging enough to not get bored. The braking in Horizon 4 is terrible, you slow down way too damn fast and it feels so ridiculous after playing proper sims.
 
Loved TDU, while the terrible acting and "plot" in TDU2 was a real turn off for me. I'm cautiously optimistic on this. Would love VR, because I just want one open world racing game supporting VR, but I'd probably still get it for console instead without VR, as TDU was such a fun couch gaming experience.
 
TDU is a simcade open world game with no customization and a lot of exotics. The issue is that the devs moved on to make Forza Horizon and it shows. There are very few things if at all that TDU does that Forza horizon doesn't except maybe the house buying/customization and the aesthethic of being a rich boy with exotic cars.
Most of them Moved to the Crew and TDU was and is the god father of Open world Driving game's hell i've been Racing on PC since 1997 and to see where it is now is mind blowing But look at the market FH4 etc have more player's on that than iracing,acc,ac all togther so it show's there's alot more people wanting to chill out and enjoy a lambo or a XJS jaguar lol Hopefully if they get it right and don't copy "forza" and keep it the Test Drive way they'll will be fine but the hype for this game is pretty crazy....So hopefully the live up to standards
 
I really liked TDU1 and TDU2. In TDU2 you can hop on a plane and fly to Oahu and play the original game.

My only complaint is that the voice acting is truly awful. Especially the female voices. I hope they were upgraded. I will definitely purchase. Massive fun arcade exploring game.
 
Test Drive Unlimited is my favourite arcade racing game - there's no game where I can to a used car dealer, buy my favourite supercar, an XJ220 (for $160.000, mind!) and take it for a cruise around the whole of Oahu.
No game ever came even close.
 
TDU is the only game i've spent 1 decade straight up playing nonstop in my entire life.

The ability to do whatever i want, live a luxurious life getting cars, houses, clothing, drive endlessly while at the same time enjoying the challenges the game had in store.

And the physics were exactly in the sweet spot for an arcadish game similar to 2000 era NFS games which made it even more fun to begin in the first place.

Now the cherry on top, WE GOT THE ENTIRE HAWAII free to explore!. I've never seen any racing game able to that in its time.

I am waiting with excitement for TDU Solar Crown with open arms.
I think in the second game it was ibiza, and hawaii was still included. Just for the trip, as they were reproductions at a 1:1 scale, if I remember well, these games had to be played. Unfortunately I've played a bit the first one, but my PC at that time could not handle the game correctly, so Ive stopped. And when the 2nd one came out, I was much more interested by sim titles. But now I would like to play these old titles, but compatibility issues, servers down... the team made the crew 1 & 2. I've enjoyed the first one, still have to finish the campaign, the second one seems to be bad, although the possibility to swap vehicules in the fly is a nice feature.

As Kyloton seem to have become more capable in developping sim racing titles, I have hopes for this one. The trailer is... uninterezting though.
 
Someone living in 2010 still complaing about Kylotonn.

Based on WRC8 and WRC9, they are more than capable of making good enough physics, good looking environments (with long draw distance) and weather effects for TDU3. Original TDUs didn't have good physics, but still good games. Even if the physics are slightly worse than WRC9, they are still far better than TDU 1-2.

Who knows maybe Kylotonn makes it more sim-like/simcade, sort of Forza Horizon for grownups? They definitely have solid physics in WRC9. Definitely most interesting upcoming driving game.

The lead dev worked on both TDU1 and 2, and they will use WRC9 physics as basis, talked about here:


Sounds like it will be very similar in spirit to TDU 1-2.

It will feature some IRL island in 1:1 scale, and based on the black license plates on the new trailer, some have speculated that it might be Guernsey on the French coast. Don't know if Guernsey has fast enough highways, definitely pretty enough scenery.
 
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I'm actually looking forward to it. Sank about a 100 hours in TDU2, cruising around with a friend and showing off how far we got without each other. Something actually felt rewarding when buying your first super car in it.
Because it was rewarding getting those first super / exotic cars, whereas in FH you get them within the first hour of gameplay.
 
Someone living in 2010 still complaing about Kylotonn.

Based on WRC8 and WRC9, they are more than capable of making good enough physics, good looking environments (with long draw distance) and weather effects for TDU3. Original TDUs didn't have good physics, but still good games. Even if the physics are slightly worse than WRC9, they are still far better than TDU 1-2.

Who knows maybe Kylotonn makes it more sim-like/simcade, sort of Forza Horizon for grownups? They definitely have solid physics in WRC9. Definitely most interesting upcoming driving game.

The lead dev worked on both TDU1 and 2, and they will use WRC9 physics as basis, talked about here:


Sounds like it will be very similar in spirit to TDU 1-2.

It will feature some IRL island in 1:1 scale, and based on the black license plates on the new trailer, some have speculated that it might be Guernsey on the French coast. Don't know if Guernsey has fast enough highways, definitely pretty enough scenery.
Guernsney is so small, 63km2 (a 8km square), i can't be. With its highest pic being at 100m altitude.
 
Guernsney is so small, 63km2 (a 8km square), i can't be. With its highest pic being at 100m altitude.

Yeah probably not. Although it has an airport, which could connect it to other islands like in TDU2. But Guernsey alone is indeed too small, way smaller than Ibiza.

The UK island plates might not mean anything, it won't be mainland UK because it was said to be 1:1 scale. Too large area will mean just copy-paste environments and low detail

If you put a lot of detail into the island, even smaller area will be impressive. It doesn't have to top Ibiza in size imo, if they really go next level with the details and graphics. Guernsey however, too small

Kylotonn can make pretty environments, WRC9 stages look mostly stunning, packed with detail. They also did TT Isle of Man 2, which doesn't look bad.
 
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