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Test Drive Rides Again

by Matthew Kato on Mar 03, 2010 at 05:20 AM

Atari and Alone in the Dark developer Eden Games are working on Test Drive Unlimited 2, and like its predecessor this game features blends online and offline racing in one unified open world.

The first Test Drive Unlimited title was well received for its ambitious mix of open world racing and the ability to dive into online races at any point. Since its release in 2006, other titles such as Burnout Paradise, have also merged on- and offline seamlessly, so we're excited to see what kinds of strides forward Eden Games has made in the past four years. In the first game you could cruise the island and take on any challenges that came your way, and if your friend was in the same area, you could challenge them to a race as they streaked by without having to pull out of the world and go to a menu.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 continues this mix of online and offline racing with team races and the sharing of customized items. Other tenets of the franchise are returning as well, such as real-world sports cars, the buying of property to house all your rides, and the customization of your car/avatar to represent your luxurious lifestyle. The game will also add new features such as a day/night cycle, weather, vehicle damage, and new locations and challenges.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 is coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, but Atari has not yet announced a release date or timeframe for the game.

Test Drive fans: What kinds of things would you like to see in this new game?