Test Drive Unlimited 2 prioritizes content, physics over visuals

Atari’s massively open online racer Test Drive Unlimited 2 is putting content depth ahead of graphics, developer Eden Games says.

The sequel to the 2006 game won’t look three times better because fans will appreciate its bigger scale and revamped physics, studio head David Nadal believes.

“We’re blending technology that’s closer to MMO engines than most triple-A games,” he explained to OXM. “And the physics in the first one were effectively a sequel to those of the V-Rally games, so we decided to rewrite them from the ground up. Even if you have the experience, that’s not an easy route to take.”

The night and day cycle alone has meant “reworking the entire engine,” he says.

New additions to the follow-up also include weather effects, vehicle damage, new race types, vehicle classes, environmental challenges “and much more”.

It’s expected to ship later this year for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.