With the release of the Demolition Derby mode for The Crew 2 on December 5th, Ubisoft will introduce the eagerly-awaited PvP lobbies into the game for all players at no additional cost. This new multiplayer mode allows up to eight players to compete against one another in a free-for-all experience across all four motorsports families in The Crew 2.
The Live Battle PvP mode will be available immediately to everyone in The Crew 2, including newcomers at the Rookie level once they’ve unlocked their first HQ. In this mode, all vehicle levels will be automatically maxed out, which allows for an even playing field without unbalanced racing. If you don’t own a particular vehicle type, then it will be lent out to you to use during the event.
Players can access the Live Battle tent when they want to get involved in some online PvP action. They will be able to choose from two playlists, each populated with the wide range of events and disciplines available in The Crew 2.
The Race playlist exclusively features Street Race and Hypercar events and remains fixed. Collisions are off by default for this one. The second playlist draws from all the game’s various motorsports disciplines, except Drag Race and Air Race. It will change daily to provide players with what Ubisoft calls “mixed thematic experiences.” These can be based on whole families, specific disciplines or a custom selection.
Once you’ve chosen a playlist, The Crew 2 will matchmake you into a lobby with seven other players and you’ll all be able to vote on your preferred event. Obviously, the event with the most votes is the one that will be played.
Ubisoft says the events displayed on the vote screen will always be random, based on whichever playlist you’ve chosen to compete in. If a race is particularly close-fought and you’d like to try your hand at it again, you’ll also be able to select the elusive ‘Revenge’ option. This simply runs the previous event once again, giving you another chance at fighting for your place on the podium.
Live Battle will also reward players with followers, loot and Bucks, allowing you to continue progressing to ‘Icon’ level and beyond. Ubisoft says the amount you gain from these events will depend on your performance.
When you’re playing in PvP, you’ll also be taking part in a League ranking system. There are four League ranks in The Crew 2 – Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each of these Leagues are then split into four divisions, with 4 being the lowest and 1 the highest. The lowest rank a player can reach is therefore Bronze 4, whilst the best rank achievable is Platinum 1. League points are won or lost according to your performance in events, with the exact number dependent on both your current rank, as well as the ranking of your fellow opponents.
Live Battle will become available in The Crew 2 on Wednesday, December 5th with the release of the Demolition Derby update. Introducing an entirely new motorsports discipline, players will get behind-the-wheel of fully destructible vehicles in two bespoke arenas in the United States. There will also be 14 brand-new rides with this release, as well as all-new Live Contacts and a Holiday Special episode of the ‘LIVE Xtrem Series.’ For more details on everything to expect, be sure to hit up our dedicated story on The Crew 2’s Demolition Derby update.
The Crew 2 is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. For everything you need to know on Ubisoft’s latest open-world racing game, then be sure to check out our in-depth review, featuring our detailed impressions of the game, as well as our final verdict. In our review, it states “The Crew 2 delivers an open-world USA like no other with a vast line-up of vehicles and motorsport-focused disciplines, but it’s held back by weak progression, missed opportunities and lacklustre racing.”
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