Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown Officially Revealed
Nine years on from the launch of Test Drive unlimited 2, NACON have officially unveiled it’s successor Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown. Those familiar to the series will be aware that the name “Solar Crown” is a reference to the final competition in the previous title. The upcoming Test Drive game will reuse the Solar Crown championship’s concept and, in doing so, enable the play “freedom to progress through the game however they want”.
Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is here. Follow our journey and get involved…
— Nacon (@Nacon) July 7, 2020
The trailer doesn’t reveal a lot, only showing off some angles of a car and there’s currently no release date or intended platforms. According to creative director Alain Jarniou, who was also one of the leads behind the first Test Drive Unlimited game in 2006, the game has only been in development for a few months, which means that we’re probably going to have to wait a while before we even see any gameplay.
Fans of the series can rest easy, though, as it has been confirmed that the game will be “keeping the DNA of the series” and players will experience “the joy of driving around a luxurious island world recreated at 1:1 scale.”
The series has otherwise been completely dormant since then, though Nacon had said earlier in the year that it had a new entry in the works, with developer Kylotonn behind the wheel. A teaser video was posted recently that hyped up an announcement and, now, Test Drive Unlimited 3 is confirmed, officially titled as Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown, named after the racing tournament that featured in Test Drive Unlimited 2.
NACON clearly understands the passion players have over the Test Drive Unlimited series, so much so in fact that the new title will keep much of what made the first two titles great but at the same time will modernise the gameplay and game modes to stay up to date with current trends.
Unfortunately, no gameplay footage has yet been released, neither have NACON said which platforms the game will release on. NACON and KT Racing are keeping things under wraps to release as high a quality driving title as possible and will be listening to the series’ fanbase for any ideas that could be implemented.
What you need to know
- Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown was revealed during the Nacon Connect online show.
- The series picks up in the same universe as the previous two Test Drive Unlimited titles.
- The last game to launch in the series was Test Drive Unlimited 2 which debuted back in February 2011.
The game has a Steam page.