Ubisoft’s The Crew stands aside from the current crop of next-generation racing videogames by offering an accessible experience, designed for all comers rather than attempting to simulate real life track racing. It also presents a feature that – while not knowing if or how Forza Motorsport 5 will use the Smartglass software – sets it aside from its peers, as a companion app will be available for smartphones and tablets at the launch of the videogame.
The development team behind The Crew once told Electronic Theatre that they are designing a videogame in which the ‘car is your character.’ Of course, with that insistence comes the need to get to grips with every aspect of the visual and mechanic design of your vehicles. Electronic Theatre has already reported on the car explosion feature that allows you to look at every interchangeable part in your vehicle, but while the presentation may be different this feature also makes its way onto The Crew’s companion app.
Players will be able to make both cosmetic and technical adjustments to any vehicle in their garage. This ranges from new transfers and paint jobs right down to changing your suspension or engine parts. Players need to constantly respec their vehicles to face new challenges in The Crew, and the companion app for the videogame will allow them to do this even when away from their console.
There was very little else confirmed about the companion app. A waypoint system is reportedly in development but not confirmed for the final build and while you may expect basic access to online assets such as leaderboards and the opportunity to compare progress with friends or crew members, none of these features have yet been confirmed. Indeed, Electronic Theatre’s time with the preview build of The Crew’s companion app failed to actually offer any connection to the videogame itself. Due to this the companion app remains a rather unknown quantity, but given that it will be a free download alongside the launch of The Crew few are likely to complain about it’s feature set whether or not they choose to use it.