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 tempting. The latest trailer focuses on that aspect, going through what's pitched as an average day in the game.
Setting aside Ubisoft's suggestion that I would be awake at 8am for any reason other than not having slept yet, this is the dream scenario. Chilling out in-game, happening across events while just driving around with your buddies. The implication is that you'll choose to hang out here, rather than meeting up in real life. For some that may seem stupid, but I've several friends who use Battlefield squads as a way to catch up and did similar myself with WoW in the past.
That all depends on a big player base, of course, and having fun things for those people to do. Daddy Stanton echo'd these thoughts in his preview almost a year ago and it's something you hope they've been hard at work on since. You can still sign up for a shot at the beta if you've got one of the new fangled console-machines or wait for final judgement come November 11th. We'll also have some more preview-y thoughts late next week.