It attempts at being a battle royale mode, mashing together elements of a Wreckfest derby and something like Call of Duty Warzone or Fortnite – but, is it any good?
What is Demolition Royale within The Crew Motorfest?
Demolition Royale is an online multiplayer battle royale main within The Crew Motorfest, for up to 32 players. Upon joining a session, players will be broken down into randomly assigned groups, called ‘crews’. The aim is to both inflict damage upon rival crews, but also be the last crew remaining.
How to access Demolition Royale
First, you must be registered and have downloaded The Crew Motorfest’s Closed Beta, available between 21st-July and 24th July 2023 for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
Once installed, boot the game and visit the map. From here, you can find the Demolition Royale icon in the north, next to Mokuleia and Waialua Bay.
Simply hover over it, then hit Y or Triangle to register, which starts matchmaking. Once enough players have been found, you’ll spawn into an active waiting area where you can drive around and smash into other players before the main match begins.
You start by flying a plane
Once your crew has been assigned, the match starts with you all in planes. As Motorfest supports the ability to fly aircraft, you’re in full control, within the designated area – showcased with a giant red wall.
You can fly anywhere within this area, but you must hit B/Circle to ‘drop in’ pretty soon. Unlike shooting battle royale titles where that means parachuting to the ground, here, you turn into a car and free-fall to the ground.
How to spot your enemies
Once on the ground, the next step is to drive around and earn points by hitting your rivals.
If you spot a vehicle and it has an orange triangle icon above it, that’s someone on the same team, so avoid. If you see a grey icon with a small boxing glove, then smash into them. There’s a visible health meter, deplete that with a hit or two, and they are eliminated.
Also, pay attention to the mini-map, bottom right of the HUD. You’ll also see orange or grey icons there to identify nearby vehicles to either attack or avoid.
Bonus Drops and demolition area
At the start of each session and periodically through a game, there will be bonus drops. These are identified by tall, thin, rods of coloured light. Drive through one, and that’s yours – no one else can also receive the power-up.
These include useful items such as shields or vehicle health – but watch out, players tend to congregate near them, so it could be dangerous to risk collecting one.
Also, as you play, the red-cordoned area will sharing over time, and the game will let you know when this happens with an on-screen prompt. This will force rivals to be closer together, and thus, carnage ensues.
Hitting a rival with say, a health bonus active, means you steal that perk from them, too.
What is the Ultimate?
Reminding us somewhat of a killstreak reward in Call of Duty, Ultimate is unlocked within The Crew Motorfest’s Demolition Royale when you or your crew members deliver multiple damaging blows to your rivals.
In order to become ‘Ultimate’, you must fill up the 10 yellow blocks a the bottom-middle of your hud. To do so, hit rivals.
It can be activated, once unlocked, by hitting B/Circle, at which point your car temporarily turns into a more powerful monster truck.
How does a Demolition Royale end?
A Demolition Royale ends when there are only members from one crew left. That’s it, there’s nothing else too it – if you get demolished, you’re out of the game, but there’s also the chance that your other team members go on to win.
In one demolition royale we played, there were six crews of four players in total, although the distribution would change if a maximum of 32 players was found.
Is Demolition Royale cross-platform?
Yes, Demolition Royale within The Crew Motorfest is cross-platform across PC, PlayStation and Xbox. It will be an online mode within the final game, releasing 14th September 2023.