The Fast & Furious Crossroads game has been announced, and it sounds pretty interesting. Especially as the “team-based, vehicular-heist action game” is being developed by Slightly Mad Studios, following their acqusition by Codemasters.
Given their experience with the Project Cars games, we can certainly be hopeful the vehicles in the game should handle properly. And we won’t have long to wait, as the Fast & Furious Crossroads game will launch alongside the Fast & Furious 9 film, which will be in American cinemas on May 22, 2020. The new game is being developed for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Obviously a big part of any tie-in game is featuring the cast of the film, so Dom, Letty and Roman will be voiced by Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson. But the story mode will apparently expand the Fast & Furious universe, which means the cast are joined by Sonequa Martin-Green (Star Trek: Discovery and The Walking Dead), and Asia Kate Dillon (Billions, John Wick 3).
Looking at the initial trailer, released at the 2019 Video Game Awards, there are some concerns being voiced online about the quality of the graphics, particularly during the cut scenes. So take a look at the trailer and leave a comment with your opinions.
“Fast & Furious remains one of the most beloved franchises of all time and continues to innovate in extraordinary ways,” said Jim Molinets, SVP of Production, Universal Games and Digital Platforms. “Fast & Furious Crossroads is an authentic experience that stays true to the series by amplifying the signature elements that fans love – a star-studded cast, high-stakes story, over-the-top action, deep family ties and, of course, fast cars.”
“We’re excited to be part of this huge global franchise, and to provide Fast & Furious fans with the opportunity to experience first-hand the action, cars, and gadgets they know and love,” said Katrin Darolle, Director of Publishing, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe. “We are commited to creating and developing compelling games, and Fast & Furious Crossroads joins an ever-growing line-up of games created by BANDAI NAMCO for fans across the globe.”
“As huge fans of the franchise, it’s an honor to be able to expand the Fast & Furious franchise into the world of video games with a brand new story, the introduction of a new crew with ties to beloved characters, and iconic and stunning set pieces,” said Andy Tudor, Chief Creative Officer, Slightly Mad Studios. “With Easter eggs throughout for fans and an intense multiplayer experience, Fast & Furious Crossroads is a thrilling collision course that puts players behind the wheel.”
There’s been a surprising lack of Fast & Furious videogames. 2013 saw the Fast and Furious Showdown game from Firebrand Games which wasn’t well received. And neither was the 2006 title, The Fast and the Furious from Universal Interactive, with the company closing before the title was published by Namco Bandai.
This time will hopefully be better with Namco publishing the game from Slightly Mad.
You can pick up the previous games, and register a pre-order for Fast & Furious Crossroads at Game.