A new Test Drive game will be revealed tomorrow

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Nacon has confirmed plans to bring back possibly the most iconic open world racing game of all time. As verified on the official Test Drive Twitter account, a new Test Drive game will be announced July 7. Specifically, the announcement is expected to take place during Nacon connect, the French publisher’s new annual conference.

This will be the arcade racer’s first release since 2011, when Test Drive Unlimited 2 came out. Since then Atari went bust, sold the rights to Big Ben Interactive who later rebranded as Nacon. Plans to release a new one were hinted at years ago but this is the first official announcement.

Test Drive Unlimited 3?

A new Test Drive game will be revealed tomorrowAs for what game fans should expect, Test Drive Unlimited 3 looks to be the most likely. A non-Unlimited title hasn’t been released since way back in 2004. Pushing a risky rebrand and return to the original formula seems unlikely all things considered.

Despite this, it is worth knowing that the racing franchise dates back far before the first Unlimited game. In fact, it was one of the first ever racing games released with the original Test Drive coming out in 1987 on MS-DOS. It’s great to see such an iconic franchise still going strong in the hands of a new publisher.

Even if this game isn’t your kind of thing, Nacon Connect might have something else for you. The French publisher has confirmed Rogue Lords, Werewolf The Apocalypse, and Vampire: The Masquerade will all feature. There are also three other unannounced games that will be revealed.

If you don’t want to miss out on the live announcement be sure to check out Nacon Connect. It’ll air at 7 PM CEST, July 7 on Nacon’s official Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch. So, feel free to pick and choose whatever platform you prefer.

Legacy of Kain Shooter Nosgoth Closes Next Month

Nosgoth, the competitive first-person shooter set in the Legacy of Kain universe and developed by Rocket League creators Psyonix, will be shutting its servers down by the end of May.  Community Manager Oghamsmith announced on the Square Enix forums that the game would come to an end on May 31st without ever exiting its beta period.  The game will be available to play as normal until that date, but will cease to exist afterward.  Players will no longer be able to make in-game purchases and any purchases made from March 1st this year onward will automatically be refunded.

Nosgoth offered a unique, asymmetric style of play with one team playing as humans and the other as vampires, each with their own distinct arsenals and abilities at their disposal.  It garnered mostly positive reviews on Steam, but has also been a source of controversy.  Many fans of the Legacy of Kain series were immediately turned off by seeing a traditionally action-adventure series that had been on hiatus since 2003 being reworked into a competitive FPS.  Similar events had previously happened with the Shadowrun, Syndicate, and X-COM  franchises and the practice was already fatigued.  The official statement from Square Enix blames the closure on a lack of audience growth to support the title, but users in the forum have mostly pointed the finger towards a lack of developer response to community concerns and a mismanagement of finances on extravagant prize pools for tournaments.

What are your thoughts on Nosgoth shutting down?  Are you sad to see it go?  What are your thoughts on the Legacy of Kain series as a whole?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.