This time, Neopica is the developer – taking over from Zordix Racing – a Belgian studio that created the FIA European Truck Racing Championship title in 2019. However, while that used the KT Engine, the follow-up utilises Unreal Engine 5.
There will be over 35 licenced vehicles in the driving game, mostly of the side-by-side variety – a relatively basic off-road device where two passengers sit next to each other, surrounded by a roll cage and often powered by a diminutive engine.
The title will feature five unique environments, with 31 tracks in total. Five game modes are included, although what these are is unclear at this stage, although once again there is a career.
It will also only be coming to PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, joining the likes of Ride 5 and Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown in leaving the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One behind.
The three-year-old original saw you traversing steep and rocky trails, controlling your diff-locks and trying to set a competitive time while avoiding damage. In my review at the time, I described it as ‘Souls-like’, with a steep difficulty curve, somewhat dumbfounding progression but a unique idea.
The reveal trailer showcases SSVs from the likes of Polaris and Yamaha, and hints at perhaps a greater emphasis on circuit-based door-to-door racing, such as that seen in MX vs ATV Legends. The video ends with what looks like a form of extreme truck, reminding us of the Pathfinder events within DIRT 5 or the real-world King of the Hammers event.
“Overpass 2 is a unique game, and we are delighted to be bringing a new game out for fans of racing and off-roading,” said Peter Vermeulen, Managing Director at Neopica.
“We are working hard to recreate the terrain physics, vehicle behaviour and the authentic sensations of this very technical sport.”
Overpass 2 release date
Overpass 2 will release on 19th October 2023, published by NACON.
Overpass 2 platforms
- PlayStation 5
- Xbox Series X|S