Lead designer of The Crew, Serkan Hasan, foresees an untroubled launch for the upcoming open-world racer driving into view on December 2nd.
2014 has seen serious technical difficulties hamper the releases of three other of publisher Ubisoft's major releases: Watch Dogs, Far Cry 4 and most notably Assassin's Creed: Unity, for which Season Pass sales were cancelled and free DLC was offered in apology. Hasan is confident, though, that The Crew will not share these misfortunes.
Speaking in an interview, Hasan says: "For The Crew, we’ve reaped the benefits of a long term beta program, designed specifically to push our infrastructure as far as possible in real world situations, with thousands of players from all over the world playing the game at the same time."
"The launch of any online game these days has potential issues, but I hope that players will be encouraged by our open approach. If you had any doubts that we could pull this off, I hope that the betas proved our credentials and the game’s stability."
Nevertheless, Ubisoft isn't taking any chances with the game's early reception. A blog post issued on the 24th November assures eager players that reviewers won't have access to the game until launch, and that the reviews posted on that day "won’t be based on optimal conditions or reflect the finished game", by dint of being "largely built around the preview sessions we facilitated during the past months or the limited content of the closed and open betas".
"The Crew was built from the beginning to be a living playground full of driving fans, so it’s only possible to assess our game in its entirety with other real players in the world," Ubisoft adds. "And by other, we mean thousands and thousands and thousands of players – something that can’t be simulated with a handful of devs playing alongside the press."
Best of luck, Mr Hasan and Ubisoft. The Crew is available December 2nd for PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. To check your system is ready to run it, visit Game-Debate's dedicated The Crew page here. Be on the lookout for The Crew benchmarks throughout this week, as well as a review once we've had enough hands-on time.