The next entry in The Crew franchise may have leaked, and it looks like Ubisoft's open-world racing series is expanding its focus beyond the contiguous United States.
Reddit user RacingGameGuru0300 (opens in new tab) posted a set of images (opens in new tab) which they claim to have datamined from The Crew 2 updates, saying the pictures had been lurking in the game's files for a while. The images bear the title "The Crew 2: Orlando," but the work-in-progress assets point toward the island of Hawai'i rather than the Floridian city of Orlando.
The Reddit posts indicates the project started out as planned DLC for The Crew 2, hence its name, but has since evolved into a standalone project. According to Battlefield 2042 leaker Tom Henderson (opens in new tab), the project is internally referred to as "The Crew: Orlando" and is a "completely new game with a new driving engine" with no currently planned release date.
Project ORLANDO by Ubisoft Ivory Tower has leaked on Reddit - https://t.co/NxxrM3L3a7The game is not actually The Crew 2 DLC. It's currently just dubbed as "The Crew: Orlando" and is a completely new game with a new driving engine. Currently in pre-Alpha & no set release date.September 24, 2021
The Crew 2 came out back in 2018, so it isn't hard to believe that Ubisoft is already busily at work on some kind of followup (particularly one targeting new-gen consoles).
One last detail from the datamine is the existence of an "All Star" mode which would set 100 players against each other in a "breathless crew vs. crew race," switching vehicle types as they go. It sounds a bit like a battle royale-inspired experience, but there's no telling if All Star itself would have made the leap from the planned DLC to standalone game.
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