The Crew’s Wild Run Expansion Arrives, Towing Demo

Ubisoft’s The Crew [official site] is an MMO-y sort of a racer, and its first expansion is suitably MMO-y. Wild Run arrived last night with trucks and motorbikes and challenges and other new things for folks who pay, but its launch also updates the base game with new things for everyone. New lighting and a new weather system are among updates for all. The game’s timed demo is updated to show off expansion stuff too. It’s MMO-priced as well, with the expansion running you, er, £25 – the same as the main game.

Wild Run’s main additions are motorbikes, dragsters, drift cars, and monster trucks, along with a new set of challenges called The Summit. It’s a big, fancy, regular event players will need to qualify for, leading to a monthly Summit Finale where they’ll race across all sorts of places for glory prizes and glory and whatnot. Players can set their own races for their pals, too. Also, other stuff.

As for the free update for all, that’s detailed in there here patch notes. You’ll find a new weather system, Wild Run’s prologue to lure you in with tastes of the new vehicles, and other stuff.

The Crew’s two-hour timed demo is updated too, letting folks have a go on new vehicles as they lark about in solo and co-o and all that.

Wild Run will run you £25 on Steam and uPlay Shop and all that. It’s £40 to get the base game and expansion together, though. The demo’s up on Steam or, if you want to go through the uPlay app (yes, yes, I know how much you adore it, stop going on about it) it’s lurking in the ‘free games’ section there.

13 Comments

  1. Awesomeclaw says:

    I gave The Crew a go shortly after it released, and while I like the general idea of it and had a good time just driving around, the actual racing is kind of bad. The ‘story’ means that most of the races require that you win them (which I think is bad design in a racing game) and the AI drivers rubber band like crazy. I really wanted to like it, and it has a lot which appeals to me, but there are some real core problems with it.

    • Squishydew says:

      Installed the crew again this morning, i was hooked on the game a while but always thought the driving was very poorly done.

      Glad to say that the overhaul they gave it feels much much better so far.

      That said, I’m not really convinced enough to actually purchase an expansion pack.

  2. Alfius says:

    Any word on whether 4 player free roam is a thing in this or the base game? It was heavily alluded to in the pre-release promotional material but I’m not sure if it ever actually came to anything.

    • PopeRatzo says:

      Yes, you can crew up with 3 other people and free roam. In fact, there are some accomplishments that require it. Being in a crew and tooling down the Pacific Coast Highway at your own pace is lovely.

    • Alfius says:

      Awesome, here’s hoping a 4-pack makes it into the Steam Christmas sale.

      • cqdemal says:

        This feature has always been there, but not in the form hinted at in the trailers. Weirdly enough for something that claims to be a sort of MMO, The Crew has no permanent clan/crew structure. You can form teams of up to 4 players and go for a joyride, but these teams are all ad-hoc and not named teams like the ones that are shown in the vids.

  3. Blackcompany says:

    The crew is one of the most frustrating games I have ever played. I want to like it. Just roaming around, driving, is wonderful.

    But then there’s the non-functional tachometer, no mirrors, and the non-sensical method for scaling down the map…the game has so much potential, most of it squandered.

    • Chaz says:

      Not to mention poor wheel support, as in you really need to play it on a pad.

      • zaphod42 says:

        Wrong? I play with a wheel all the time, using real force feedback, gas pedal, brake pedal, clutch, even an H-shifter, and everything works flawlessly. Something might be wrong with your setup dude.

  4. melancholicthug says:

    Actually, Uplay was recently updated and it’s no longer bad. Now it actually installed Driver: SF and let me play it.

  5. TimePointFive says:

    I got this game free after the AC Unity disaster, but would much rather have preferred a nice baguette or something.

  6. zaphod42 says:

    The Crew is such a conflicted game. The freeroam is absolutely amazing and feels like you’re playing a GTA game, only you’re allowed to travel the entire US instead of just one city! The unique details in each region are fantastic and it is a game like no other for going on ‘road trips’.

    However the actual story and missions are garbage, and the racing feels slippery.

    The non-game part is way more fun than the game part. YMMV.