If you’ve ever driven through a severe storm and felt like your car was the only thing keeping you alive, then you’ll really feel that way on Pacific Drive. Announced during the PlayStation State of Play presentation on September 13, the survival horror game takes you speeding in your vehicle through a mysterious and terrifying region of the Pacific Northwest. Don’t slow down.
Pacific Drive, coming to PS5 and PC in 2023, is the first game from Ironwood Studios. The developer cheekily calls it “road-like” as the game is based on racing and will see you upgrade and upgrade your car to stay alive. The Olympic Exclusion Zone holds a lot of dangerous secrets, so you’ll have to be prepared for anything.
The garage itself can be upgraded, and this appears to be permanent, making Pacific Drive more of a roguelite than a roguelike. Occasionally you will have to leave the car for repairs, but the vast majority of your time will be spent driving.
The game has been in development since 2019, and it looks like it will be light on direct storytelling. Instead, Ironwood wants its systems to help players “tell their own stories.”
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