Revealed today (23rd March 2023), LEGO 2K Drive will be the latest LEGO-themed game to hit the market.
Fresh from its Lego Speed Champions DLC for Forza Horizon 4 in 2019, the world’s foremost plastic brick purveyor (and the biggest tyre manufacturer in the world) has decided to build its own racing game from the ground-up – ahem – brick-by-brick in partnership with 2K.
Here’s everything you need to know about this diving title.
WHAT IS LEGO 2K Drive?
LEGO 2K Drive is an open-world racing game set in Bricklandia, full of racing, minigames, challenges and collectables, featuring many real-world LEGO sets and a raft of customisation; including the ability for players to build their own vehicles.
The game is set to continue the upbeat, humourous style of previous LEGO games, with jokes suitable for younger and older players alike and a lengthy story in the career mode.
WHO IS DEVELOPING LEGO 2K Drive?
Published by 2K games, LEGO 2K Drive is being developed by Visual Concepts South. The American studio is best known for developing sports games such as NBA 2K23 and WWE 2K23, with a long history of working with Major League Baseball and NHL franchises.
It has recruited a new team with prior racing game and open-world experience to create LEGO 2K Drive and the project first started five years ago. You can listen to our interview with Mark Pierce, Executive Producer and Emmanuel Valdez, Art Director, who discuss the game’s development.
WHICH PLATFORMS is LEGO 2K Drive on?
LEGO 2K Drive will be released for:
- PlayStation 4
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X|S
- Nintendo Switch
- PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store)
For console, it will be in both physical and digital formats.
Are real-world LEGO bricks in 2K Drive?
Yes, the bricks used in the LEGO 2K Drive are from real-world kits available. Some of the vehicles in the game are also identical to kits you can buy from a toy store, some are new for the game but only created using brick styles available in the real-world.
There are also two licenced McLaren vehicles, the Solus GT and F1 LM, from the LEGO Speed Champions range.
What is the open-world layout?
In LEGO 2K Drive, while it is an open-world, there are five distinct biomes. You could interpret that as five islands, four main and one for the opening tutorial, which you can hope between. You can’t drive to each biome, but you can fast travel.
What’s the main aim in LEGO 2K Drive?
Your overall objective is to win the Sky Cup Grand Prix crown. To do this, you must win chequered flags, and to win those, you must level up to unlock race events, and you earn XP and levels by completing side-quests which are found within the open-world environments.
Will there be any special editions of LEGO 2K Drive available at launch?
Yes, players will have a choice of three editions of LEGO 2K Drive at launch: a Standard Edition, an Awesome Edition and an Awesome Rivals Edition.
How much is LEGO 2K Drive?
- Standard Edition
The Standard Edition will be available for $59.99/£49.99/€59.99 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch, and $69.99£59.99/€69.99 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S in both physical and digital formats.
- Awesome Edition
The Awesome Edition will be available for $99.99/£84.99/€99.99 (on all formats) and includes a new vehicle, vehicle flair, and an in-game LEGO minifigure. Players will also receive the Year 1 Drive Pass, which will introduce an all-new biome, in addition to four individual post-launch seasons of Drive Pass content, each with new vehicles and themes.
- Awesome Rivals Edition
The Awesome Rivals Edition will be available for $119.99/£99.99/€119.99 (on all formats) and includes multiple new vehicles, a vehicle flair, and in-game LEGO minifigures. Players will also receive the Year 1 Drive Pass, which will introduce an all-new biome, in addition to four individual post-launch seasons of Drive Pass content, each with new vehicles and themes.
What is the LEGO 2K Drive Year 1 Drive Pass?
The LEGO 2K Year 1 Drive Pass is a sequence of downloadable content for the game The LEGO 2K Year 1 Drive Pass is included with the Awesome Edition and Awesome Rivals Edition, and is also available as a separate purchase.
At the very least, a copy of the Standard Edition of LEGO 2K Drive will be required to access the Year 1 Drive Pass. Details on the content available in the Year 1 Drive Pass are yet be revealed, other than it will include one new biome, i.e. a uniquely styled open-world area to find and complete single-player challenges within.
WILL LEGO 2K Drive HAVE LOCAL MULTIPLAYER?
Yes, LEGO 2K Drive will have a dedicated two-player split-screen mode. This can be used, apart from the tutorial, throughout the career.
WILL LEGO 2K Drive HAVE ONLINE MULTIPLAYER?
Yes, LEGO 2K Drive will have cooperative and competitive online multiplayer, featuring matchmaking. Up to six players via a network can race (alongside two AI-controlled rivals for a total grid size of eight), and that same six people can enter the open world co-operatively.
Are there any pre-order incentives for LEGO 2K Drive?
Yes, players who pre-order before launch day will receive the Aquadirt Racer Pack digitally.
LEGO 2K Drive release date
LEGO 2K Drive will be released worldwide on the 19th of May 2023. The Awesome and Awesome Rivals Edition will be available digitally from the 16th of May, while physical copies of the game’s Awesome Edition will be available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch at select retailers and territories from the 16th of May 2023.