Where is The Crew 3? This question has been brought up several times by the community, yet people can’t find its answer. The reason behind the silence from the developer, Ivory Tower, could simply come down to the latest title’s vast success. Without any official words from the studio, we can only make theories so far, but we can estimate when to expect something. Despite that, Ivory Tower is known for accidentally leaking content, so it’s likely to come as a surprise to us all.
When Can We Possibly Get the First Sign?
If you’re asking the community, players would say the end of 2022, perhaps not a single world until 2023. Nevertheless, most people would simply say it’s going to be quite a while until release, without giving a specific year. Not even that is clear. Besides, the producer of the studio claimed in the year 4 announcement trailer that we shouldn’t expect The Crew 2 to die out any time soon.
“But it’s far from being over, and I’m super happy to announce more seasons for our fourth year. This new content will of course be available through MOTORFLIX, new seasons and episodes.”
– Oliver Gueydon, Producer at Ubisoft Ivory Tower
That said, It’s pretty much confirmed that The Crew 3 won’t be released within the period between now and the summer of 2022. It truly is far from being over, but the chances of having another year with new, fresh content aren’t very likely. Considering most games aren’t supported for more than 5 years, we may assume that this will be the final year of large and frequent updates, unless it miraculously becomes a record-breaker in sales figures. Unfortunately, The Crew 2 has reached a total player count of 30 million and not over 200 million, unlike Grand Theft Auto V.
Those are fantastic numbers from a racing title. However, that does not change the fact that the number of players is decreasing gradually due to its age. Apparently, it’s still beneficial to support the game in terms of revenue for the company. Otherwise, it would be completely pointless supporting the title. It’s an important brand for the whole studio because it has made the team grow, so the developers are probably doing whatever they can to keep the loyal fans.
Keep an eye open in June 2022, since Ivory Tower usually do their yearly summary and announce content for the future. Now, we may also get news about whether the game will receive a final update or not. Otherwise, we might have to wait another year.
Ivory Tower’s Future Plans
Without a doubt, all focus is on The Crew 2, as it’s more or less their primary financial income at the moment. A third title is likely to be in development, though, along with content for the current title. While the franchise has used the same map for two entries, a completely new location could be in development as well. This is considering there was community backlash when people found out that Ivory Tower would reuse the same map for their second title, with only minor changes. Creating a map with a size of 6000 km² would obviously take years to build, test and polish. It’s quite a long process and the larger the map, the longer the development time.
As for now, Ivory Tower must provide content for The Crew 2 thus keeping the franchise alive and not let it fall into the pages of history. But now that the studio has covered a year of content for the game, the next title could be prioritised from now on. If you ask me, I’d say we’re one to two years away from any first words, but thinking logically, it’d be awkward releasing a new title while still providing updates for The Crew 2. Obviously, the attention would be directed towards the latest title, which at the moment is The Crew 2.