Pacific Drive trailer shows a real bad road trip

Pacific boardwalk was one of the new titles launched during the September 13 PlayStation State of Play stream, and it’s not lacking in atmosphere. A trailer using a mix of pre-rendered cinematic footage and in-engine gameplay via PS5 showed a harrowing journey through a temperate forest.

Check out the trailer below.

The Pacific boardwalk the title and surroundings give viewers clues to the game’s setting: in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The featured gameplay involves driving through a territory experiencing increasingly deadly and unnatural dangers. From low-visibility fog and strange creatures to thunderstorms and spontaneously growing pillars of stone, the region seems to be influenced by reality warping phenomena. The car itself also appears in various states of augmentation, with new gadgets, armor, and unknown devices attached to the exterior.

Within the Pacific boardwalk car, various sensors and navigation aids show the driver useful information. An oscilloscope changes color and increases in frequency when an “instability edge” is nearby. Battery meters, a compass indicator and a display also show the status and direction of the car. The exact reason why the player goes through all of this is not explained. In fact, other than a radio voice and a single line about “call him, now,” there’s no visible dialogue or interaction with NPCs in the trailer.

Check out some screenshots from the game in the gallery.

A message from developer Ironwood Studios on the Blogue PlayStation present Pacific boardwalk in a little more detail. The game is set in the Olympic Peninsula region of Washington State, where decades ago the US government used the area to test mysterious technologies. Something went wrong, causing him to wall off the whole area and call it the Olympic Exclusion Zone. After being stuck inside, you must search deeper to find a way out and solve the mysteries of the Zone. Your station wagon will serve as your lifeline, protecting you from the dangers of the Zone as long as you can maintain it. Safe areas and garages can be found, but each storm that hits the area will change the landscape and the threats you face. Ironwood calls the game a “road-lite”, emphasizing that the game is racing-based and meant to be played and replayed.

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Pacific Boardwalk is in development and due out in 2023 on PS5 and PC.