Microsoft and Ubisoft both have open world racing titles that are coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The last time we can remember to high profile racing titles coming out in such close release proximity to each other was when Split/Second and Blur were coming for the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3.
Looking back on the launch of those two racing titles in such close release proximity to each other, it didn’t end well for either developer with both Blackrock Studios being closed by Disney and Bizarre Creations being closed by Activision. This time around we don’t think Playground Games who is handling the development for Forza Horizon 2 or Ivory Tower/Ubisoft Reflections who is handling the development of The Crew will be closed if their release doesn’t do well, but should it not sell the pressure will be on for sure.
Forza Horizon 2 will arrive in North America on September 9th and it will be an Xbox exclusive being released for both the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The Crew will follow with a November 11th release in North America after being delayed twice already. (It also might be both saying that Sony also delayed racing coming as well for the PlayStation 4 known as Driveclub which will release in the middle of the other two with an October 7th release date in North America and of course it is a PlayStation 4 exclusive.)
Forza Horizon 2 takes places in an open world Europe this time around and will ship with over 200 cars at launch. The Crew on the other hand will take place on an open world version of the United States, a miniature version though it is. Neither game is a racing sim, both are considered arcade style open world racers with plenty to do and much to explore. Both allow you to take the racing off-road, weather it is for a short cut or perhaps an actual off road race. Both feature licensed cars.
While Forza Horizon 2 might be more than a bit ahead in the graphics, the Crew didn’t seem like it was that far behind. While the Horizon 2 environment is big, the environment in the Crew is bigger, or at least it seems this way. Both have online modes that vary from PvP to CoOp to team events. Speaking of events, both titles have plenty of things to do that involve driving, but they do add to the game.
Forza Horizon 2 will be released for the Xbox One as well as the Xbox 360. The Crew is being released for only the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. No previous generation release is happening. It also might be worth noting that Horizon 2 will use the Forza 5 engine, while the Xbox 360 version will use the same engine as the first Forza Horizon did on the Xbox 360 version.
Since Forza Horizon 2 will of course not have a PlayStation 4 release, it is hard to say that things are the same for both titles, but rest assured that both publishers will be keeping an eye on these racing title releases to see how well they do. Horizon 2 does seem to have an edge at the moment being a little flashier over The Crew. The Crew does offer some interring racing that could attract fans as well, but PlayStation 4 owners may want to consider Driveclub instead. Watch for the battle this fall.