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The Crew 2 is out now, but unplayable for some on Steam [fixed]

Update: Ubisoft say the Steam problem is now fixed. Affected people may need to restart the Steam client but then it should work. Ubisoft's open-world online drive-o-fly-a-boaty racer The Crew 2 launched in the wee hours and... a great many people cannot play it at all. The Steam version is currently busted (perhaps just for for folks who pre-ordered?), as attempts to launch the game…

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The Crew 2 as a single-player game review

The Crew 2 is out proper tomorrow, at which point its servers will probably collapse for a bit, then eventually get stable as players fill up the vast amount of empty space in this miniaturised rendition of the United States. Meanwhile, I've been playing it this week to experience its vast amount of solo content, which is undeniably the focus of the game's core progression.…

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The Crew 2 open beta starts next week, preloading now

A free four-day open beta is coming next week for The Crew 2, Ubisoft's open-world car/boat/plane/motorbike/helicopter/STUFF racer, ahead of the game's full launch later this month. Pre-loading for the beta has already begun, and absolutely I have it chugging away in the background right now so I can explore its recreations of some of my favourite corners of the USA. You'll find me parked amongst…

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The Crew 2 plots first year of free content updates

New modes and vehicles are coming to The Crew 2 in free updates, Ubisoft said today. With the drive-o-fly-a-sail racer launching later this month, they've started gabbing more about their plans for what comes after. Beyond the obligatory paid season pass gubbins, at least a year of regular free content updates will bring goodies from hovercraft races to loads of new vehicles. Generally I'm up…

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Bag a free copy of The Crew 2 when you buy a new GTX 1080 or GTX 1080Ti

I don't know about you, but there's still a little part of me that feels cut up about the fact we won't be getting Nvidia's Turing graphics cards as soon as we'd hoped. I know, I know, no one really needs to buy a new graphics card in this day and age – especially when most of today's best graphics cards are a) finally back…

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The Crew 2 closed beta revs up at the end of the month

The Crew 2 is getting an closed beta soon. Ubisoft’s Red Bull open world Red Bull racer sponsored by Red Bull is once again set in the United States, as you can see in the trailer below, featuring Upbeat Sport Man telling us to "dream big, race hard!" And if you're into that, the beta might be a good chance to see if the new…

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Parp parp! The Crew 2 now racing to June

Ubisoft's racing game The Crew 2 is now due to launch on June 29th, Ubisoft announced today. It'll bring more open-world racing across a scale model of the USA, going by land, sea, and air in a range of vehicles - and sometimes changing vehicles mid-race. I'm a sucker for miniature countries and re-reading accounts of Adam and Brendan's cross-country race in the first game…

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The Crew 2 drives, sails, and flies to March 16

Open-world racing game The Crew 2 [official site] will whoosh out on March 16th, 2018, Ubisoft announced today during Gamescom. The sequel will return to a miniature version of the USA, but this time with so many more vehicles. Along with the usual assortment of cars, it'll pack planes, boats, and motorcycles from sports bikes to several actual Harley-Davidsons. I'm more a wanderer than a…

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Best Coast: Our Road Trip Across The US In The Crew

The Crew is free this month from Ubisoft, just two years on from its release. Back then it received mixed reviews. But free is free, and the size of the game’s open world – a huge recreation of the United States – is intriguing enough to entice Adam and Brendan to revisit the racer with a challenge in mind. Who can get from East coast…

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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…

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The Crew: Wild Summit Expansion Adding Monster Trucks

High-octane vehicular chases always seem so dangerous to me. Which is why I’m rather grateful for games like The Crew, which allows you to engage in your most absurd speed fantasies without risking being turned into a pancake. And with the The Crew's [official site] newly-announced expansion Wild Run [look, we're catching up on a few E3 things -ed.], you'll be able to diversify this…

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Early Impressions: The Crew

Ubisoft's The Crew is now out, via Steam in the US and UPlay and something called "shops" in other parts of the world. Ubisoft, after the PR disaster of trying to impose post-release embargoes on Assassin's Creed: Unity reviews, have taken the rather bold step of informing customers not to trust early reviews. This is because they've withheld review code from journalists until just before…

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Hands On: The Crew

The Crew will see players zooming around a huge map of the United States and teaming up with friends for various feats of speed-freakery. We sent Brendan to take an early look at Ubisoft’s ‘MMO racer’. The open-world racer was perfected on PC in 2009. I’ll let John and Jim argue over whether it was Burnout Paradise or Fuel that holds the honour. In terms…

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Overly Social Vrooms: The Crew

I've been quietly excited about The Crew for a while. I've never been much into racers, preferring the arcade to the realistic and most other genres to either. Split/Second is the only one to truly capture my heart, and that love did not endure. Here, though, the combination of open world and the titular friend-clans making it easier to race with people I know are…

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The Crew Is Basically A Walking Simulator With Wheels

Get a load of this. In The Crew, you travel around a vast expanse of terrain for the shear joy of it, which means it's not really a "game" at all. It's one of those dumb 'walking simulators', only one in which you move quicker than in, say, Proteus. Still, Ubisoft continue to scrabble desperately to convince us that their artsy-exploration project is worth covering,…

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Skid Remarks: The Crew Trailer Is Pretty Neat

I spent a couple of hours playing FUEL with a friend last week. We hopped online, spawned some quad-bikes, and just drove across whatever part of America we were supposed to be in. It had nice trees. So I'm really interested in The Crew, Ubisoft's open-world driving game set in a Frankenstein's monster of America, particularly the 'social driving' features. I know 'social' isn't a…

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Ubisoft’s The Crew: Ultimate Road Trip Game?

Oh dear, did someone forget to put all their product managers in the same room at any point? Ubisoft have managed to announce both The Crew and The Division on the same day - confusionpocalypse is surely inevitable. Presumably The Local Ombudsman Committee is being saved for tomorrow. If it helps you to keep track of which one's which, The Division is prefixed with 'Tom…

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