Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown gameplay revealed

TDU Connect has just ended, and now NACON and KT Racing invite you to watch a rerun of this fantastic 30-minute show. Three developers from the studio were joined by three fans of Test Drive Unlimited to show off the first gameplay footage for Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown together. Now planned for 2024, certain lucky players will be able to play the game on 24 July 2023 during the first closed beta, which will last for three days.

Distinguished guests


Vivian Hughes, a representative of Radiant, the mysterious organization behind the Solar Crown, welcomed some distinguished guests at TDU Connect. Alain Jarniou, Creative Director at KT Racing; Camille Courtier, Associate Producer; and Guillaume Guinet, Lead Game Designer, were joined by other motorsport fans: sim racing content creators BlackPanthaa, Alex VII, and Alan Boiston from Team VVV. The guests were lucky enough to get an exclusive hands-on demo of Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown and to give their first impressions. The gameplay session also highlighted the game's important social features, which allowed them to meet, use the integrated voice chat, and take part in missions and races together.


A grand tour


During the show, the guests explored the different faces and diversity of Hong Kong Island, which has been recreated at 1:1 scale. The tour started at the Solar Hotel, created by the KT Racing team. Built on the site of Victoria Park in the heart of Causeway Bay, the Solar Hotel is a 120-floor, 540-metre-high architectural marvel with a unique and futuristic design. After the guided tour of a suite, Alain Jarniou continued exploring the inside of the building with a stop at the hotel lobby. Designed as a social hub, this majestic hall is primarily a place to meet, chat and gather with other players. In the large open space, the best drivers are showcased and any activities available are displayed. It's the perfect place to make friends or stoke rivalries! To further enhance the social experience, in Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown players can control their customized avatar as soon as they get out of their car. Available in enclosed areas, such as the Solar Hotel, this feature offers a wide variety of interactions and gameplay possibilities.


Are you a Street or Sharp?


The gameplay session also revealed other important locations in the game: the headquarters of the Sharps and the Streets. Located at different ends of the island, they reflect the two clans' lifestyles and opposing views on luxury. The Streets chose to take over a former night club where the dark ambiance is offset by neon lights; while the Sharps opted to revitalize the restaurant of a luxury hotel to give it the calm and dignified atmosphere that characterizes their clan.


Each of the guests, who are all competitors at heart, joined their favourite clan to take part in a frantic race, in which they tried to cross the finish line in first place and bring glory to their clan.


In a Hong Kong Island recreated on a 1/1 scale, take part in an extraordinary competition, the Solar Crown, organised by the influential Radiant organisation. Aboard exceptional cars from prestigious brands such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Koenigsegg, Dodge, Apollo and many others, freely explore the island's varied environments or take part in Hong Kong Island's most highly rated competitions. As well as your cars, which reflect your inspirations and reward your hard work, you can personalise your experience as closely as you like: choose your Sharp or Street clan and take care of your style to impress others, stand out from the crowd and defend your clan. Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown retains the DNA of its predecessors, bringing a modern, contemporary take on multiplayer racing to give players the luxury, exceptional cars and competition they've always dreamed of.

July 19, 2023