LEGO 2K Drive: Review, beginner's guide and everything you need to know

Lego 2K Drive: Release date, trailer, PS5 and everything you need to know

Lego 2K Drive: Release date, trailer, PS5 and everything you need to know

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LEGO 2K Drive is fast approaching. 2K's surprise new family-friendly racer is launching on PC and consoles this week, and it looks like a breath of fresh air for racing fans.

Developed by Visual Concepts, LEGO 2K Drive looks like a cross between Mario Kart, Forza Horizon, and ModNation Racers.

From the release date to gameplay details and the trailer, here’s everything you need to know about LEGO 2K Drive.

Latest news - Free update adds Creators Hub

A few months after launch, a free LEGO 2K update adds a Creators Hub to the colourful kart racer. This long-requested feature adds the ability to share vehicles and download other player's creations onilne.

Lego 2K Drive review

LEGO 2K Drive is one of the best new kart racers in a long time - but not everything is awesome.

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Find out our verdict on 2K Games' new family-friendly racer in our LEGO 2K Drive review.

Beginner's guide

With its childish humour and simple controls, LEGO 2K Drive is primarily aimed at younger players. But if you want to win races and earn XP fast, there are some essential tips and techniques all players need to master.

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From drifting to taking advantage of vehicle loadouts and perks, our LEGO 2K Drive beginner's guide has plenty of useful tips to help you get started on your way to winning the Sky Cup Grand Prix.

Drive Pass Year 1 content revealed

Lego 2K Drive is out this week, but 2K Games plans to support it for a long time with a wealth of post-release updates.

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Split into four seasons, the Drive Pass will add 100 levels of free and premium content between June 2023 and Spring 2024. New challenges will open in Bricklandia and there's no time limit for seasons, allowing you to play at your own pace.

As you level up, you'll earn free rewards such as new drivers, stickers, flairs, and sounds.

Premium rewards can also be earned by purchasing the Year 1 Drive Pass. These include new vehicles, drivers, stickers, flairs, sounds, and brick packs, along with the Awesome Pizza Car and 550 coins.

2K Drive will be revealing the contents for Season 1 soon, so stay tuned.

LEGO 2K Drive

LEGO 2K Drive is a new “AAA driving adventure game,” combining a vast open world with extensive vehicle customisation and accessible, chaotic racing. It's essentially a cross between Forza Horizon, Mario Kart, and ModNation Racers.

The first officially-licensed LEGO racer in over 20 years (we're not counting the Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions expansion), LEGO 2K Drive is developed by Visual Concepts, best known for the NBA 2K and WWE 2K franchises.

Welcome to Bricklandia

LEGO 2K Drive is set in a colourful open world known as Bricklandia where you can explore multiple biome regions and drive anywhere you like. Every biome is distinct, from the desert canyons of Big Butte County to the spooky town of Hauntsborough.

With multiple races, minigames, challenges, and collectables to discover, Briclandia is a massive playground to explore.

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Outside of racing, there are also side quests to complete. These range from delivering items to finding lost minifigures. There are also animal quests, including one where cows are being abducted by aliens. Completing quests unlocks abilities and rewards such as new vehicles.

Since the world is made of LEGO bricks, the environments are fully destructible, with buildings and scenery smashing into hundreds of pieces as you plough into them.

The story sees you take on memorable rivals with the goal of winning the coveted Sky Cup Trophy. There's also support for local split-screen and online multiplayer so the whole family can enjoy the fun.

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Build your car brick-by-brick

LEGO is all about building and LEGO 2K Drive embraces this. In LEGO 2K Drive, you can build your car brick by brick with over 1,000 LEGO pieces and a wealth of colour designs, stickers, and flairs.

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Vehicles in LEGO 2K Drive are lifted from the LEGO City, Creator, Speed Champions ranges. Thanks to a partnership with McLaren, Speed Champions versions of the single-seater McLaren Solus GT hypercar and the legendary McLaren F1 LM are in the game.

For now, these are the only licensed cars in the game, but this may change in the future with DLC.

Transforming vehicles

Aside from the open world and vehicle customisation, what sets LEGO 2K Drive apart from Mario Kart is transforming vehicles. During races, vehicles can seamlessly transform into cars, boats or planes.

A recent official video shows how vehicles transform in LEGO 2K Drive. Every track has multiple surface types. One second you could be racing on streets, the next you could be driving off-road or wading through water.

In LEGO 2K Drive, vehicles will automatically transform when the surface type changes. For example, if you venture off-road, your vehicle will automatically transform into an off-roader. Likewise, if you jump into the water, your vehicle will automatically transform into a boat.

This will add a level of variety we haven't seen in kart racers since Sonic & Sega All-Stars Transformed.


2K Games has released a LEGO 2K Drive announcement trailer showcasing the game's open world, customisation, and colourful visuals.

You can watch the reveal trailer below:


In terms of platforms, LEGO 2K Drive is available on all current platforms including PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam and Epic Games Store.

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If you haven't upgraded to the current-gen consoles yet, LEGO 2K Drive is out on PS4 and Xbox One as these platforms still have large player bases. Older consoles may struggle to render LEGO 2K Drive's large open world.

All platforms support crossplay multiplayer except for Nintendo Switch.

At the time of writing, LEGO 2K Drive is not on Game Pass.

Editions and pricing

Multiple editions of LEGO 2K Drive including a Standard Edition, deluxe Awesome Edition, and Awesome Rivals Edition.

Standard Edition

Available in digital and retail formats, the Standard Edition will retail for $59.99/£49.99/€59.99 on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. The PS5 and Xbox Series X|S versions will retail for $69.99£59.99/€69.99.

Awesome Edition

The deluxe Awesome Edition comes with a host of extra content including a new vehicle, vehicle flair, and an in-game LEGO minifigure.

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In addition, the Awesome Edition also comes with a Year 1 Drive Pass, which adds a new biome and four seasons of Drive Pass content with new vehicles and themes.

The Awesome Edition will retail for $99.99/£84.99/€99.99.

Awesome Rivals Edition

Retailing for an eye-watering $119.99/£99.99/€119.99, the Awesome Rivals Edition includes multiple new vehicles, a vehicle flair, and in-game LEGO minifigures as well as the Year 1 Drive Pass.

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Trophies and achievements

LEGO 2K Drive trophies and achievements
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There are 39 PlayStation trophies and 38 Xbox achievements for completionists to collect.

You can find the full LEGO 2K Drive trophy and achievement list here.

Release date

LEGO 2K Drive was released on 19 May 2023. Those who pre-ordered the digital Awesome Edition and Awesome Rivals Editions could play the kart racer three days earlier on 16 May 2023.

All players who pre-ordered received the Aquadirt Racer Pack was included as a digital bonus item.

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