Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown delayed until 2023

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After a long hiatus, the Test Drive Unlimited series is making a comeback. Developed by Kylotonn Games, Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown was originally slated for a September release.

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Unfortunately, TDUSC has been delayed and will now release in 2023.

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown delayed until 2023

In an update on Steam, Kylotonn Games announced Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown will now release in 2023. TDUSC was originally going to release on 22 September 2022, but a new specific date has been announced. Kylotonn says the extra development time will make TDUSC the “most polished gaming experience in the franchise.” 

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With so much support from fans of the series, we know many of you will be disappointed, but our goal with Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is to make it the most polished gaming experience in the franchise by spending more time on its development,” Kylotonn wrote.

“We therefore want to thank the fan community for your support and daily involvement on the game's official Discord channel and within communities on the various social media platforms.”

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Alas, the delay doesn’t come as a huge surprise. TDUSC was revealed in July 2020, but we still haven’t seen any gameplay footage, so a 2022 release was starting to look doubtful. A September release would have also put TDUSC in direct competition with Need for Speed 2022, which is expected to arrive later this year.

No in-game screenshots or gameplay footage was released, but Nacon has shared new concept art showing the HQ locations of the Streets and the Sharps clans.

The Sharps are based on the top floor of a luxury building, while The Streets gather in an old building with a nightclub vibe. Each of the HQs has a "public" area accessible to all players whether they are a Street or Sharp, while the VIP area is only open to clan members. This is where meetings are held and missions are assigned, with the aim of "destabilising the rival camp."

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PS4 and Xbox One versions cancelled

Originally, TDUSC was planned for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, PC, and Nintendo Switch. However, the update confirms TDUSC is no longer in development for PS4 and Xbox One.

Nacon says this will enable the developer to “make the most of the technology in the latest consoles and maximising the overall quality of the game.”

Closed beta

While the delay is disappointing, Kylotonn will host closed betas of TDUSC. This will give fans a chance to test the game “long before it releases” and allow Kylotonn to gather valuable feedback.

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is set in an open-world recreation of Hong Kong Island with 550km of roads to explore.

Test Drive Unlimited games have always focused on the lifestyle and ownership of cars, and Solar Crown is no exception. From buying a car at a dealership to rolling the windows down and driving with the radio on, TDU is about the joy of driving and owning a car as well as racing.

These details will carry over to TDUSC, but the delay will enable Kylotonn to "go further and offer new experiences."