The Crew 2 might be launching with the entire contiguous United States for you to traverse via car, boat, or plane, but one thing that the open-world racer won’t include is a major multiplayer feature.
According to a recent blog post from Ubisoft detailing post-launch plans for its upcoming racing game, The Crew 2 won’t have any PvP lobbies until December 2018.
That’s right: Players won’t be able to race against other players until six months after the game launches.
This seems like a really strange exclusion for the game at launch, considering the entire point of the first game’s open-ended, loot-driven design was to earn better vehicles and parts that would make you more competitive against other players.
It’s unclear exactly why PvP lobbies didn’t make the cut, only that they “still require some polish before they’re ready,” according to the blog post. The first Crew‘s multiplayer arguably suffered from some pay-to-win mechanics, so it’s possible that developer Ivory Tower and Ubisoft had to remove those aspects of the multiplayer in light of recent player backlash against such practices, but that’s just speculation on our part. It could also be that The Crew‘s PvP matchmaking was pretty bad at launch and Ivory Tower wanted to avoid the same problems, but delaying a major feature for six months doesn’t sound like the best solution.
Thankfully, The Crew 2 won’t be completely devoid of multiplayer. Cooperative multiplayer will still be available at launch, and players will still be able to “compete” against other players on the leaderboards, but actual real-time competitive multiplayer won’t be available until the game’s winter 2018 update.
In addition to PvP lobbies, The Crew 2 will add a new game feature and new “Discipline” every three months with major live updates, as well as two new vehicles every month. The first live update, Gator Rush, will launch in September 2018 and will introduce hovercraft to the game.
If you’re still interested in testing out The Crew 2 even after learning that it will lack actual multiplayer races, Ubisoft will announce the game’s open beta dates during its E3 press conference, just ahead of its June 29th release for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.