"Exciting new open-world driving game" coming from NBA 2K developer

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As Forza Horizon 5’s success shows, open-world driving games are more popular than ever. This popular racing sub-genre will expand this year with Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown and the new Need for Speed.

But there’s another unannounced open-world driving title on the horizon that will “blow your mind.”

Visual Concepts working on an "exciting new open world-driving game" based on a “major license”

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As reported by Video Games Chronicle, Visual Concepts, an American studio best known for the NBA 2K and WWE 2K game franchises, is working on an AAA “unannounced, open-world driving game.”

According to a job listing for a Producer role, the open-world driving game is based on a “major license” and launch on “multiple platforms.”

Another Senior Technical Artist job listing says the project is an “exciting new open-world driving game.” Notably, Visual Concept’s Twitter account bio has also been updated. It refers to the big-budget racing title as a “new AAA game that will blow your mind.”

Is a new Midnight Club game on the cards?

Unfortunately, there are no other details about this new open-world project. It’s also unclear which “major license” the unannounced project is based on.

The California-based studio is not known for making racing games, predominately specialising in sports titles like WWE 2K22 and NBA 2K22.

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Is Midnight Club about to make a comeback after nearly 15 years?

However, Visual Concepts is owned by Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games. There are rumours that Take-Two wants to reboot Midnight Club, a series that’s been dormant since 2008’s Midnight Club Los Angeles.

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It’s possible, then, that a new Midnight Club game is Visual Concepts' mystery open-world driving game. However, Rockstar Gams developed previous games in the series.

There are also rumours the new Midnight Club game will be a mobile spin-off. This follows Take-Two’s acquisition of Zynga, the mobile games studio responsible for CSR Racing 2.

The "major license" isn't necessarily an existing racing game franchise, though. As this is a big-budget AAA project, Visual Concepts is working on an open-world Fast & Furious game to coincide with Fast 10 next year would not be a surprise.