Test Drive Unlimited 2 Officially Announced!


[tab:News]This is probably one of the more exciting third party racing titles I’ve been hoping for, and today, it has finally been made official, with tons of details to boot! If you’ve never played the first Test Drive Unlimited, it was a great game (at least, the 360 version. Did the PS3 even get it?) that allowed you to race both single and multiplayer races, all while being connected online (meaning, you could just play by yourself, but other people will be playing alongside you as well. You can race with them if you want, but it’s entirely up to you).

The last one took place on an entire island in Hawaii (and I’ve yet to drive all the roads on that, too). Dealerships and everything had to be found, though, so you had to drive around looking for them, but once you’ve found them (or any roads you have previously covered), you can instantly spawn to them to make travel easier, since the gaming world was huge. Only down side was that the detail wasn’t that great, but passable. Unlimited 2 is looking spectacular, though. Here are some of the details, from today’s Press Release:

Test Drive Unlimited 2 expands on the traditional racing experience providing gamers with M.O.O.R.®: Massively Open Online Racing®; immersing drivers in a persistent online environment and revolutionizing multiplayer racing communities as players compete, team up, and share their achievements and creations online. Unlike any other driving game, TDU2 blends the open world experience with realistic vehicles and performance dynamics and for the first time, TDU2 features vehicle damage, weather effects, day and night cycles, and a brand new island to explore.

I wonder how big the new island compares to the last? There’s also a revamped single player narrative mode (and, from the sounds of it, is also available online). The CEO of Atari has also stated:

After the highly successful Test Drive Unlimited which redefined the genre with massively open online racing, Test Drive Unlimited 2 will be an innovative evolution in racing games, expanding its unparalleled multiplayer experience and immersing players in a world full of new online content and lifestyle customization. The game fits squarely into our strategy of moving online and generating new revenue streams while maintaining our current retail business.

Sounds like there’s going to be a lot of micro-transactions, probably in way of new cars, houses, etc. Anyway, be sure to read the release for some more details!
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ATARI TO TRANSFORM ONLINE RACING WITH TEST DRIVE® UNLIMITED 2

Join Thousands of Players Online, Race the World’s Most Coveted Cars, and Live the Ultimate Luxury Lifestyle

New York, NY (February XX, 2010) – Atari, SA, one of the world’s most recognized videogame publishers, and much-acclaimed developer Eden Games, are proud to announce the newest installment in the legendary racing franchise with Test Drive® Unlimited 2 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 expands on the traditional racing experience providing gamers with M.O.O.R.®: Massively Open Online Racing®; immersing drivers in a persistent online environment and revolutionizing multiplayer racing communities as players compete, team up, and share their achievements and creations online. Unlike any other driving game, TDU2 blends the open world experience with realistic vehicles and performance dynamics and for the first time, TDU2 features vehicle damage, weather effects, day and night cycles, and a brand new island to explore.

The first Test Drive® Unlimited innovated the racing genre with an immersive online and offline experience – over 1 million players created online accounts. Test Drive Unlimited 2 blends the single player and multiplayer experiences seamlessly, creating a dynamic world of unique content and challenges. Test Drive Unlimited 2 is “always live,” with automatic updates and seamless online/offline integration. A revamped single player narrative mode can be played offline or as part of the multiplayer experience.

“After the highly successful Test Drive Unlimited which redefined the genre with massively open online racing, Test Drive Unlimited 2 will be an innovative evolution in racing games, expanding its unparalleled multiplayer experience and immersing players in a world full of new online content and lifestyle customization.” said Jeff Lapin, CEO of Atari, SA. “The game fits squarely into our strategy of moving online and generating new revenue streams while maintaining our current retail business.”

Test Drive Unlimited 2 puts the world’s most desirable vehicles in the players hands. These ultra-limited edition masterpieces are flawlessly replicated with Eden’s finely tuned driving technology. Players define their online persona through the customization of their vehicles, and the acquisition of property, clothing and all the accoutrements of a luxurious car-based lifestyle. The challenge comes to life with the most expansive and comprehensive multiplayer offering on the console and the ultimate refinement of the core Test Drive driving experience. All-new race types, vehicle classes, environmental challenges, locations and much more push this epic franchise to new levels of performance and luxury.

For more information on Test Drive Unlimited 2 please visit www.testdriveunlimited2.com or log on to www.atari.com.[tab:END]


Written by: Jay - Community Manager / Editor-In-Chief


  1. #1 by topps3games on March 3rd, 2010

    I would like to see MOOR applied to Driver (remember that game). Now that would be a game that would be spectacular online. It’s great that developers are thinking beyond the racing track in their car based game design, because lets face it, they are not going to beat Gran Turismo 5 when it comes to sheer graphics candy. Test Driver Unlimited 2 looks like it’s not just depending on graphics to sell, but adding some great original game play as well. I think it deserves to succeed.

  2. #2 by JimmyMagnum on March 3rd, 2010 [ 83111 Points ]

    Driver was good up until Driver 3 (Driv3r lol). Driver 3 was OK, but not good. If they managed to make the series good, then it would be worth checking out, but given that GTA games have improved leaps and bounds over the Driver series, playing catch-up would be hard (since, more or less, Driver would have to be about a clone to GTA to actually succeed). That, and I dont think a completely integrated world like TDU and TDU2 would work with Driver, since the Driver games essentially had a deeper-than-a-racing-game storyline to them, but I, too, would still like to see Driver make a comeback.


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