Forza isn’t the only racing game that Xbox fans are clamoring for. The third entry in The Crew series, Motorfest, delivers offroad thrills and high-speed excitement through the streets of a scaled-down version of the Hawaiian island of O’ahu. Players will cruise through mud and ride against traffic to compete in a festival that serves as the vessel for numerous racing events, but will they be able to do so via Game Pass?
The Crew: Motorfest comes five years after The Crew 2 was met with a moderate reception. Despite mixed reviews, the sequel went on to receive nominations for Best Racing Game at the 2017 Game Critics Awards as well as Best Graphics and Best Sports Game at the 2018 Ping Awards. Visuals very clearly won’t be a concern with Motorfest, so it’s just a question of whether Ubisoft Ivory Tower can tighten up its open-world racing series for a better reception.
What could certainly help would be a day-one release on Xbox’s Game Pass, which isn’t unthinkable considering the game is launching on all current-gen consoles. But will The Crew: Motorfest find its way onto Microsoft’s subscription service? We have the details below.
The Crew: Motorfest on Game Pass
Motorfest will enjoy a rather wide release, with its September 14, 2023 launch slated for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X & S. As for Game Pass, there has been no word whether it will be part of the ever-growing library.
Does that mean it never will? Well, neither of the two previous entries has landed on the subscription service, so it does seem unlikely. There is a free trial available for Ubisoft+ members, which is worth taking advantage of before Motorfest releases. The full game will also be included with the service, which is available on PC and Xbox.
About The Crew: Motorfest
While racing is at the forefront of The Crew: Motorfest, Ubisoft Ivory Tower is sprinkling in quite a bit of content to keep players engaged. Playlists will drive (pun intended) the core experience in Motorfest. Each Playlist will be unique, sending players across the island in Lamborghinis, electric cars, and more as O’ahu transforms to fit the theme. Completing Playlists will unlock rewards, and some will even feature new mechanics.
For example, the Vintage Garage Playlist will put players behind the wheel of vehicles from different decades. They’ll start in the 1950s, where the typical map is replaced with photographs of landmarks, and progress across five generations. Every Playlist poses its own challenge, requiring players to think outside the typical racing game box to score big rewards.
Motorfest will also feature activities scattered across O’ahu, similar to many other racing titles. Photo and escape challenges, speed traps, stunt jumps, loot crates, slaloms, and more will add variety. As with previous entries, Motorfest will include an online component that Ubisoft hasn’t expanded upon yet. In The Crew 2, there was a cooperative mode that allowed players to join most events together.
The Crew: Motorfest will enjoy a wide release across all modern and previous-generation consoles and platforms, except for the Switch and Steam.
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