Pacific Drive: Open-world driving survival game set for 2023 release

Ross McGregor
Ironwood Studios has dropped a new trailer of its driving survival game Pacific Drive, showcasing its car customisation and scavenging game mechanics.
Pacific Drive: Open world driving survival game set for 2023 release

Ironwood Studios has released a new trailer of its upcoming ‘driving survival’ game Pacific Drive, showcasing the game’s vehicle customisation and eerie atmosphere.

The game is set in the Pacific Northwest region of the USA, but things have taken a turn for the worse. Bizarre and dangerous anomalies have sprung up, creating a post-apocalyptic scenario.

It’s like an on-the-nose episode of ‘Drive to Survive’, except Guenther Steiner isn’t swearing at you in several European languages…

Your only companion is your car, which can be upgraded in your garage by scavenging parts and materials outdoors. Every trip is dangerous, however, with your car acting as a lifeline while players work to uncover the mystery of the Olympic Exclusion Zone.

Ironwood Studios promise that each venture outside the safety of your garage will be randomised, with emphasis placed on resource collection to help upgrade your car and garage.

Pacific Drive: Open world driving survival game set for 2023 release
That probably isn’t good

Solid details on the gameplay mechanics remain light, but the trailer shows an atmospheric world to explore with on-foot sections ramping up the tension, as futuristic enemies hunt you down.

The game will feature an original soundtrack by Wilbert Roget II, who previously provided music for Mortal Kombat 11, Call of Duty: WWII and Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, with licenced music set to also arrive thanks to undisclosed Pacific Northwestern bands.

It’s clear from this early look that sound will play a large part in building tension and atmosphere in the game world.

Pacific Drive: Open world driving survival game set for 2023 release
Dark, brooding, dangerous. Just like driving through Lochgelly.

Although relatively new to the games industry, having formed in 2019, Ironwood Studios is made up of former 343 Industries, Bungie, Activision, Irrational and Oculus employees, meaning hopes are high for Pacific Drive.

Pacific Drive is available to wishlist on the PlayStation, Steam and Epic Games Stores now, and will be available for PlayStation 5 and PC at some point in 2023.

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