Milestone, the company behind Square Enix's Ride series, has announced their latest racing project called Gravel. It's an off-road sort of racer featuring jeeps, monster trucks, and what could be a Subaru STI- but it's hard to tell from the brief glance we get. The announcement trailer for the game is pretty underwhelming when compared with games like last year's Forza Horizon 3. The graphics are dated, half of the trailer is just wide panoramic environment shots, and none of the vehicles look like they handle well. Granted, the game isn't slated for release until next summer so those rough graphics and handling issues could change between now and the game's launch. I'd just expect them to put up their best for an announcement of a new IP.
The press release accompanying the announcement reads: "Milestone, one of the leading and longest established racing game developer in the world, is proud to announce its new IP dedicated to the 4-wheeled off-road world: GRAVEL. The game will be available on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro, the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC next summer."
Just the fact that they used "Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft" made me dislike this game from the get-go. The trailer did not help much with that. Sure, it's a new direction for Milestone but it doesn't seem to be much of anything interesting.
Gravel will boast a few different types of races which Milestone are calling disciplines. Directly from Milestone those are:
- Wild Rush, combative races in wild locations
- Cross Country, with open maps to explore or to conquer until the last checkpoint
- Speed Cross, real tracks and races without holding anything back
- Stadium Circuit, with arenas and spectacular jumps
So, basically Forza Horizon but available on multiple platforms instead of just Xbox One and Windows.