Ubisoft’s multi-discipline, open-world racer The Crew 2 is heading to a new platform this month: Google Stadia.
The game has been with us on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC for almost two years. In fact it was the second-best selling driving title on PC in 2018, coming in behind Euro Truck Simulator 2. It’s now making the transition to Stadia, Google’s game streaming platform, joining GRID and Farming Simulator 19 in Stadia’s driving portfolio.
If you’re not familiar with The Crew 2, think of a cross between XXX and Fast and Furious. Players can race cars, motorbikes, trucks, and buggies on or off the road, as well as taking to the open seas in powerboats, or grabbing the yoke and going into the skies with stunt aircraft.
The action takes place across a fictional representation of the lower 48 States of the USA, and there’s no bad guy killed my brother, or bent cops shaking down street racers storyline; you’re doing it all for the social media followers.
To get the game onto the Stadia platform, developer Ivory Tower has reworked the whole user interface. Stadia streams gameplay to any device, which means that the game must work on the big screen you’d hook your console to, but also mobile phones. The smaller display requires a re-think on even minutiae like text fonts. As Stadia also allows for users to switch between screens, the game’s interface must also adapt to each new device.
Since The Crew 2 launched in 2018, we’ve seen a number of DLC add-ons. That includes the free Gator Rush pack, along with themed updates like Blazing Shots, and the usual Season Pass content. There’s no mention yet whether the Stadia version of the game will include any of the post-launch add-ons.
You’ll be able to play The Crew 2 on Stadia from March 25, but in the meantime you can enjoy the official trailer below: