Remember Test Drive Unlimited, that game that mixed car culture and personal lifestyle? The game that always showed graphics ahead of its time? The one that let us explore absolutely huge and beautiful maps, Ibiza and Hawaii? Well, chances are those memories can once again become a reality!
Back in 2006 gamers were given the opportunity to explore Hawaii and take part part in many racing events to progress and earn some cash, cash which would later be spent in dealerships on personalised cars and on personal homes all over the massive world in TDU. Later on in 2011 Eden Airlines, the airline of the game, took us down to Ibiza so we could take part in a new racing adventure, an adventure that involved a racing cup known as the Solar Crown which later took us back to Hawaii, how's that for nostalgia? TDU created an experience like no other and really stood out from other racing titles at the time but unfortunately became practically non-existent after Atari had run into some financial trouble.
A screenshot from the original TDU
What made the TDU series special...
I mean yeah the game looked good and it was a fun racer with lots of events and miles to explore but TDU was more than that... TDU allowed people to live a full virtual life that wasn't only behind the wheel. The racing was great and all but what really made it amazing was the life outside of the car. TDU not only allowed players to purchase and have their own houses around the map but also explore and customize them in first person. The houses even came with garages to walk around and store vehicles in, vehicles which could be entered and started and compared in the garages. I mean you could even visit and walk around car dealers to choose your next baby! The character wasn't any random figure with legs either, TDU gave players the ability to have full control over the looks of their players through hairdressers and even places that offered surgery to alter the player's looks. If that's not enough, players could visit and walk around clothes shops to find new outfits too, pretty cool right? Still not convinced TDU is amazing? Well what is one requested feature by driving gamers all over? The ability to use turn signals h TDU2 allowed players to do, it also allowed for convertibles to take down the roof and even open and close the windows of cars. You're sold now, aren't you? Take all of that and mix it with the huge maps and stunning graphics and scenery and there you have it, one of the best racers ever known to mankind.
TDU2 in game garage
So, is it coming back?
Well, we don't know yet, but chances are good. Why do I think this you ask? Well, BigBen Interactive, the company that brought FlatOut back to life, well around 2 years ago they obtained the rights to the TDU series, so what's going to stop them from bringing another game back to life? A few months ago BigBen also acquired Kylotonn Racing which has been respsonible for some other racing titles as well, could this mean Kylotonn and BigBen are currently developing TDU3? We can only hope, and pre-warning to the new developers: you guys have a lot to live up to, so don't disappoint!
Are you excited to see a new Test Drive Unlimited game! Let me know in the comments as well as what you'd like to see in the game!