Test Drive Unlimited 2 revving up Feb. 8

Atari drops release date for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC racer following August delay to Q1 2011; North American preorder incentives announced.

Last week Electronic Arts released Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, a reboot of the storied franchise. And tomorrow, the often-delayed and greatly hyped Gran Turismo 5 finally arrives for the PlayStation 3. Now, another racing entry is revving its engine.

Gamers get behind the wheel in February.

Atari today sent word that Eden Games' Test Drive Unlimited 2 will debut for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on February 8, 2011. The title was delayed in August, with the publisher swapping the title’s September release date to a vague first quarter of 2011 release window. The schedule adjustment was enacted to give its developer more time to polish the game's connected console multiplayer experience.

In addition to dating Unlimited 2, Atari passed along information regarding the game’s North American retailer-specific preorder incentives. Those who reserve the title at specialty retailer GameStop will earn the Casino Online downloadable content, while those who preorder the game at Amazon, Best Buy, Atari.com, Direct 2 Drive, K-Mart, Steam, and Wal-Mart will receive an exclusive vehicle. For more on the preorder incentives, check out the entry on Test Drive Unlimited 2's website.

Test Drive Unlimited 2 will see players racing in locations that include the Spanish party hot spot Ibiza and the paradise island of Oahu from the original title. In addition to new vehicles, race types, and a revamped single-player mode that can be played online or off, the game will give players the chance to build and grow in-game clubs composed of friend networks.

For more on the racer, check out GameSpot's most recent hands-on preview with Test Drive Unlimited 2.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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38 comments
blackace
blackace

I've been waiting for this for awhile. Can't wait to get my hands on this games. I want this more then GT5.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

where is the gt5 review. IGN already posted on 2 days ago

shansss123
shansss123

the first one became a bore after a while

minhas27
minhas27

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chingchow48
chingchow48

"The games Connected Console Multiplayer" what? does this mean if your on a 360 you can play aganist your buddys on a PS3? im so confused just by that line?

blueace88
blueace88

haven't picked up a TD title since the one that came out for DOS (yes, DOS), complete with cutting edge EGA graphics. I'm thinking now might be the time to give the series another try...

yogibbear
yogibbear

I really want to see proper gameplay vids rather than all this partying and clothing store and exterior "replay" shots of all the cars... SHOW US A VIDEO OF A CAR DOING A RACE!!!!

riou7
riou7 moderator moderator

Let's just hope it will be good

N0madic
N0madic

"This game makes Gran Turismo 5 looks like Mysims Racing." hahaha! watch out man the fanbois bite

ecw1983
ecw1983

Wont NFS Shift 2 Unleashed be out the same time ?! NFS Hot Pursuit rocks I dont know when the last time I had so much fun with a racing game. NFS > Testdrive

sodiumpentathol
sodiumpentathol

Yay! Hope it will be just as good, if not better, than Test Drive II. :p

eriktkire
eriktkire

@SPBoss You can't gauge the final product by the handling in the beta. 3 months ago the game was pretty much unplayable. 3 weeks ago it was better but still not good enough. Now it's better still. The release date is still a couple of months away. They have enough time to get it right. And the handling in TDU1 wasn't all that great anyway. It needed to be rebuilt from scratch.

ady_1102
ady_1102

my bday is on the 11th so i;m gonna give myself a nice present :D

berto64
berto64

woo im gettin this game 2 days after my b-day,not bad,but im gonna get this when it releases

neoand12
neoand12

More then likely I'll be playing this on PC and GT5 on PS3. I don't buy many PC racers but I can't wait for it to come out. I did enjoy TDU1 back then.

metalkid9
metalkid9

I don't know why but I have a feeling GS is gonna rate this a 6 or a 7. Not that it's gonna be a bad game but GS have lost their credibility to rate games.

gijas
gijas

First one was good but I agree the handling wasn't so great even with a wheel. This one is said to have more of a arcade feel and normally I would be upset but after the last one Im not.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

I played the demo for the first one and did not like at all and this does not interest me at all I'll pass on this one.

Toyeboy
Toyeboy

i did not like the way the cars handled in the first game...i did end up playing it a lot tho, although it got boring

Psycold
Psycold

Sounds good...my racing wheel is gathering dust

benboz
benboz

I loved the first game so I can't wait for this one.

nickz_fpk
nickz_fpk

optimistically waiting for this game

racing1750
racing1750

Woohoo! Loved the first game. Roll on Febuary.

kevinsdb
kevinsdb

Finally a good race car game for my PC.

monson21502
monson21502

heard alot of good things about the first 1. ill be checking this one out

SPBoss
SPBoss

Instead of tweaking the handling from the original game they went ahead and revamped it, big mistake imho. I have the beta and the cars are too twitchy one second, and unresponsive the next.

ICE_PREDATOR
ICE_PREDATOR

leet game the beta is pretty cool too. can't wait for 8 feb :)

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

I can not wait for this game. Loved the first one which allowed you to load up your own mp3 and drive around the island just to relax. I'm also glad they added day/night cycles and weather effects. I just hope they add optional car damage and please add some extra touches for pc like ability to mod/create your own car, dx11, hi-res textures, etc.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I just didn't like the driving controls in the previous one - too twitchy. great concept ; poor execution IMO. Hopefully this sequel will fix that, I'll give it a rent first.

mattinavat
mattinavat

Any news on TDU2 is good news. TDU = most FUN racer ever, perfect balance between the cartoony Burnout and NFS (no wheel support? are you kidding) games and hardcore sims like Forza and GT.

JoeSour
JoeSour

Hopefully this date is solid...

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Looks like a great title - can't wait. Just put GT5 in.....see ya!

Sato2099
Sato2099

Waaah, i don't believe in gameplay in this game. Go instead with latest Midnight Club: complete edition or NFS: Hot pursuit for arcade racing. Test drive series died long time ago. Nice looks won't help this game. Just look at he driving model - Stiff.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

This game looks a little more promising than GT5, Still my only real gripe from the first one was car handling, the cars all felt too stiff. there were a few odd cars that you could avoid some of the problem, The roadsters you could drift in making turns much easier to take but I hated relying on that.

RedHawk4
RedHawk4

I wonder how playing as the police will work...

netin2005
netin2005

This game makes Gran Turismo 5 looks like Mysims Racing.