The Crew is an online racing video game developed by Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections published by the latter’s parent company Ubisoft for the Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, and was released on these platforms on December 2, 2014 worldwide. An Xbox 360 port of the game was also released, with the game itself being developed by Asobo Studio. The Crew requires an Internet connection to play, is set on a large open-world map based on the topography of the United States of America (USA), and is known as the spiritual successor to the 1987 racing video game Test Drive Unlimited.
The world of The Crew is set on a massive expanse of realistic, aesthetically pleasing plains and other landscapes across the USA. The in-game area to be explored and discovered is staggeringly huge. Players can move their cars from city to city, or keep passing one city after another until they reach villages, which will take quite some time. This open world feature in The Crew is so masterfully designed and epically scoped that players could spend their time not racing and just slowly moving along skyscrapers or corn fields. Players can drive in the Leguna Seca race track in one moment and the next they can be riding along a space shuttle site, in one of the 40+ well-designed cars in its gallery.
Despite the open-world feature it provides, The Crew still does have a campaign mode, which includes various challenges and tasks for the players to complete. Because the entire game is played online, this means that throughout the map there are real players completing their own objectives and playing through their own campaigns. These players will give out an invite for anyone to join them in a co-op mission that rewards both players. Similarly, the players themselves can put out party invites for other players to join, and they can complete certain missions in the campaign in a co-op mode. This transition from single-player to co-op at any time the player desires makes The Crew a totally unique experience.
Players can complete the whole campaign single-handedly if they so desire, or if they want to go co-op in any mission they can create a party with any player around the world that is near to them, and complete the objective together. These missions are part of the story and involve the players mostly taking part in races, escaping from being chased down by cops, and destroying enemy cars by throwing them off the main roads. By doing all these tasks, players are rewarded with stat boosts that make their vehicles more powerful. Stat boosts increase acceleration, steering control, and brake effectiveness, among other things. In other words, players have to complete missions and become the master racer of the vehicle of their dreams.