The Crew 2 update 1.22 patch notes: Season 5 update brings handling improvements

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The Crew 2 came out back in 2018, but Ubisoft’s impressive support for the open-world racer isn’t ending any time soon. Last week, Ubisoft announced The Crew 2 will receive a fifth year of free content, including a long-requested next-gen update for PS5 and Xbox Series X with 60fps support.

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In the meantime, Season 5 Episode 1 American Legends starts today. With it comes a mammoth patch update, adding new cars, bug fixes, and improvements.

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Improved car handling

Weighing in at a colossal 30GB on all platforms (we thought Gran Turismo had large patches), The Crew 2 update 1.22 brings improvements to the car handling. This is part of a wider plan that will see Ivory Tower gradually improve car handling across all categories.

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The improved handling should make cars in The Crew 2 more fun to drive

As Ubisoft explains in a blog post, the handling of some cars in The Crew 2 was revamped in the Inner Drive update with extra grip. Street Race and Hypercar categories were also rebalanced. However, some special-edition versions of previous cars still had the pre-Inner Drive handling model, creating a disparity.

In response to fan feedback, Ivory Tower is tweaking the handling to make the cars feel more consistent, starting with the Rallycross category. With the release of Season 5 Episode 1, the handling of the Nissan SKYLINE GT-R (R34), Chevrolet Camaro SS, and Ford Focus RS have been updated.

Ivory Tower welcomes fan feedback for the handling updates and will make additional adjustments if necessary.

New Story game mode

The Crew 2 Season 5 introduces a new Stories game mode. This new mode sees you exploring the map searching for clues about American legends from the past and discovering lost treasures that unlock rewards.  

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Two stories will be released each week split between one long and one medium story each other week and one short story every week with unique vanity rewards.

The Crew 2 Season 5 Motorpass
With a new season comes a new Motopass with special cars to unlock

Season 5 also adds 27 new vehicles, including the Porsche 550 Spyder stories car. Additionally, the Ford Crown Victoria Interception Unit is the latest car added to the Shop, while the Indian Motorcycle Scout The Cruiser Edition is up for grabs as a Live Summit reward.

Four new Motorpass cars are also available:

  • Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 2019 Gold Nugget Edition
  • Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Awaken Edition
  • Porsche 911 GT3 RS Splatter Edition
  • Ford Mustang Fastback Stunt Edition

More cars will be added throughout Season 5 over the next week weeks.

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The Crew 2 update 1.22 patch notes

Patch Size per platform

  • PC: approx. 30 GB
  • PlayStation:  approx. 29 GB depending on the version.
  • Xbox: approx. 30 GB

Patch sizes may vary based on your game version.

Features

Game Mode

  • [Added] New game mode: Stories.
    • Story mode - Exploration gameplay: using clues to investigate and find rewards.
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  • New Stories button in the main menu
  • 8 Long Stories with a unique reward
  • 8 Medium stories with a unique vanity reward
  • 16 Short stories with bucks rewards
  • 2 stories released each week: alternating one long and one medium story each other week and one short story every week
  • 8 new intro videos and 8 rewards videos for you to discover 
  • [Fixed] Minor localization issues related to The Contractor game mode.

Vanity Items

  • [Added] 101 new vanity items - to be released throughout the Season in the shop, as LIVE Summit rewards, or in the Motorpass (57).
    • 17 smokes
    • 17 tires
    • 17 underglows
    • 17 nitros
    • 11 horns
    • 9 window tints
    • 5 rooftops
    • 2 suits
    • 6 outfit parts
  • [Fixed] The default smoke for the XTREMEAIR XA42 (AR) was not visible in free-drive

Summit

  • [Added] 16 LIVE Summits including:
    • 4 Premium LIVE Summits
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  • 1 ultra mooded LIVE Summit

Hobbies

  • [Fixed] Hobby Stars animations were missing after completing a hobby

Motorpass

  • [Added] 2 new Motorpasses.
  • [Added] Daily Challenges and 4 Weekly Challenges.
  • [Fixed] Minor visual elements were missing when hovering certain Motorpass rewards
  • [Fixed] Motorstars earned in Live Summits were not awarded immediately

Missions

  • [Added] One themed event.
    • Flashback: Japan 

Activity Menu

  • [Added] "Season 5: American Legends" section in the Motorflix activity menu.

Miscellaneous

  • [Added] Warning when trying to pin a new Challenge, Hobby Action or Story Step to notify another item will be unpinned. It will no longer be necessary to unpin an item before pinning a new one.
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Vehicles

New Vehicles

  • [Added] 27 New Vehicles
    • Stories additions
      • Porsche 550 Spyder (SR)
    • Shop additions
      • Ford Crown Victoria Interception Unit (SR)
    • LIVE Summit rewards
      • Indian Motorcycle Scout® The Cruiser Edition
    • Motorpass, including
      • Chevrolet Corvette C7 ZR1 2019 Gold Nugget Edition
      • Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon Awaken Edition
      • Porsche 911 GT3 RS Splatter Edition
      • Ford Mustang Fastback Stunt Edition
    • And more to be revealed throughout the Season!
  • [Fixed] Turbo gauge was not working for the Corvette ZR1
  • [Fixed] Mileage kept on resetting after restarting the game for the YasidDESIGN X American Petrol
  • [Fixed] Issues related to the side skirt camera angle on the Cadillac Deville with certain customization options.

Physics

  • [Fixed] Exploit allowing a vehicle to go forward and accelerate to very high speeds in reverse gear.
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3C/Handling

  • [Improved] Updated handling model on the following Rallycross vehicles:
    • Nissan Skyline GT-R (R34)
    • Ford Focus RS
    • Chevrolet Camaro SS

Thematisation

  • [Added] New main menu.
  • [Added] New "American Legends" landing page and start menu videos.
  • [Added] New HQ Bus and new world billboard posters.
  • [Added] One new fully thematized LIVE Summit with dedicated art, music, sound effects and weather.

World (Visual & Audio)

Events

  • [Fixed] Skills were displaying a difficulty level after The Contractor Episode 1 release.

World

  • [Improved] Location names are now more visible on the World Map (font: white + outline: black).
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  • [Fixed] iNcoRrECt fOnTs bEinG DisPLAYeD oN rOaD sIGns
  • [Fixed] Some NPCs were misplaced in the Mead Lake dam area
  • [Fixed] Misplaced public lamp around the Nashville area
  • [Fixed] Misplaced public lamp around the Santa Fe area
  • [Fixed] Asphalt was present in the forest near the Big Sur area
  • [Fixed] GPS navigation line in the "Los Angeles" SR or HC race

Technical

  • [Fixed] For itinerary hobbies (driving from A to B), using Fast Fav to select an authorized vehicle will not stop the progression anymore. This behaviour also applies to stories.
  • [Improved] Memory optimization.

Known Issues

  • The Muscle Tour Platinum LIVE Summit reward ticket does not display the correct vehicle.