Going by Pacific Drive’s new gameplay trailer, this run-based Roadside Picnic-alike could be quite the ride.
Sure, Pacific Drive isn’t officially tied to Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s novel any more than Stalker is. But it’s pretty clear what this survival adventure’s inspiration is, and we couldn’t be happier. It sees you driving you through the anomaly-filled Olympic Exclusion Zone attempting to reach its heart.
The game is set to be run-based so, while you may not clear the Zone (if, indeed there’s an end to it) you’ll hopefully get a little further each time. You know, like Jalopy, but with less road sausages and more free-floating reality-warping nightmares.
As hazardous as that sounds, you’ll be able to reinforce your vehicle to better survive whatever this nightmare road trip throws at you. Aside from just strapping extra plates on, you can add a gizmo that’ll charge your battery and more. As revealed on PlayStation Blog, errain will change, so driving into a muddy zone with sub-par tyres could be costly.
You can also get out of your car so you can count on a bit of scavenging as well. We’re hoping there’s an achievement for actually walking the whole distance, but that’s yet to be confirmed.
Pacific Drive certainly looks striking in motion – there’s a definite beauty to the game’s warped world. And since it’s skipping the PS4 and going to PS5 (it’s not hitting Xbox) it should hit a respectable frame-rate.
There’s no set release date as yet but, developed and published by Ironwood Studios, it’ll be arriving on PlayStation 5 and PC (via Steam and Epic Games Store) later this year. We can’t wait to get our hands on this one.