Internal documents from a recent financial report indicate that the racing game may potentially be getting its release date yet again pushed back. Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is being developed by KT Racing and published by Nacon. Announced in 2020 the next installment of the long-running franchise had originally been said to arrive in September 2022 for console and PC. That date was pushed back to 2023 per an update from Nacon last May that more time would be needed for polishing but plans for older consoles, the Xbox One and PS4, had been scrapped to ensure greater support for current technology.
Presently the home page for Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown still says “available in 2023” but the internal documents discovered by Proteus Gaming (via VGC) show it as arriving in the first half of 2024, specifically sometime around February or March. Now this could just be a placeholder on the publisher’s schedule in order to allow for unforeseen delays as it’s been rumored that a recent beta test has concluded. Additionally, there have been periodic Solar Club Letters on Steam with the latest having been posted on May 17. Lastly, there have also been screenshots released with captions indicating they were taken from an alpha build of the game.
Description (via Steam):
“A driving and lifestyle experience unlike any other. The brand new Test Drive Unlimited keeps the DNA from the first games, and revamps it for the modern era. You have the freedom to progress however you like, the classic open championship concept returns too. Live your best life. Race, cruise, and hang out with your friends until the sun goes down and even after!
With confirmed marques so far being Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Koenigsegg, Apollo, Dodge, and Bugatti, you’ll have to really work your way up to have the privilege to drive them. Customization is not reserved for your cars only, but for your avatar as well, and even better than ever. You’ve got to dress to impress.
KT Racing and legendary Game Developer of TDU1 and TDU2 Alain Jarniou bring their driving simulation expertise to apply a strong development foundation. Discover a brand new vast and vibrant real-world location that’s been built at 1:1 scale: Hong Kong Island. This is your Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown.
More to come!”