Microids and Eden Games are revamping the 2018 release of Gear.Club Unlimited 2. The second-entry in the series featured more cars and tracks than its predecessor, in addition to eventually getting a full circuit-based expansion called the Tracks Edition. Now, suddenly, three years later GCU2 is being revisited.
The racer’s engine will be reignited by means of the new Definitive Edition for Nintendo Switch. The primary upgrade that will be featured in this new version of Gear.Club Unlimited 2 will be remastered graphics which are said to offer an “enhanced experienced”. Beyond this, all of the previously released DLC will be available out-of-the-box with this new edition, which includes the aforementioned Tracks Edition expansion. Otherwise, the same car roster, track selection, and other features remain the same.
Though the rerelease of this title with enhanced graphics is a decently noble move, there is a catch. This is not the only new version of GCU2 that is being released. In actuality, this release will be accompanied by a similar version that’s coming to all other consoles and also PC, known as Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Ultimate Edition.
Keeping the wheels turning
It features all of the content that the Definitive Edition has. So, why the name change? Perhaps it may just come down to performance and visual fidelity, or Eden Games/Microids simply wanted to differentiate the two. Either way, this marks the end of Gear.Club Unlimited being a Switch-exclusive franchise, despite Eden Games making a big deal out of that exclusivity in the early days.
More people getting an opportunity to try out a game that was previously locked to a specific platform(s) is always a good thing. However, despite its relative success, Gear.Club Unlimited has also made a name for itself by being a relatively average experience, depending on who you ask. When we reviewed Gear.Club Unlimited 2 for its initial launch as well its Tracks Edition expansion, the same idea came forth – it felt too simplistic and relatively subpar. None of the marketing material for the new Definitive/Ultimate editions point to their being any overhaul of the gameplay mechanics and/or driving physics. Here’s hoping that Eden Games does take an opportunity to make those changes before release.
Gear.Club Unlimited 2 – Definitive Edition will pull the series up to the starting line once more on November 30 across all platforms.