The Crew 2’s “all of America” map forgot Alaska and Hawaii

The Crew 2’s “all of America” map forgot Alaska and Hawaii

What sets The Crew 2 apart from the other open-world racers out there, outside of its neat instant vehicle-swapping mechanic, is the sheer size of its map. The game invites players to explore every nook and cranny of the US, with its promotional material proudly emphasizing that “all of America is yours to explore and ride your way.” But, there’s one little problem with this — it’s a lie. Sure, you can take a road trip in a hypercar from New York to San Francisco, but this technically doesn’t qualify as being the “all of America”. There are still two states that go completely unrepresented here, Alaska and Hawaii.

To an extent, I can kinda forgive Ubisoft’s Ivory Tower team for not including these two States. If you pull up a map of the real USA, often Alaska and Hawaii are regulated to a small corner of the map, if they’re even included at all. That’s because neither of these States is directly attached to what’s considered the borders of the rest of the United States. Thus, Ivory Tower focused their efforts on modelling the landmass that includes the other 48 states. Nevertheless, think of the residents of Alaska and Hawaii; they deserve recognition too, no?! I think so—because these two states are arguably the most special out of them all. The reason why I say that is because Alaska and Hawaii are both remote and have incredibly extreme landscapes, albeit in very different ways.

Alaska – Wide Open Wilds

Alaska Nature The Crew 2

The massive Alaska (which is actually bigger than Texas)  lies to the extreme northwest of Canada and consists mostly of dense woodlands, rolling mountains, tundra and polar ice deserts in the extreme northern region of the state. Due to its remote location, the entire state only has 739,795 people (as of 2017). This leaves the majority of its territory completely untouched by man. No doubt, it would make a pretty wild driving/flying/sailing experience in The Crew 2. Off-road vehicles would be quite at home charging through the thick forests and tearing up the frozen tundras. Powerboat races can take place in the river networks and the island chains towards the south. What about a race over the Bering Strait that separates the state from Russia? Even the aerobatic planes can get in on the action by performing stunts in the valleys. Indeed, when it comes to offering a wild, open vehicle playground, a virtual Alaska does seem like a prime location. But, Hawaii offers an even more off-the-rails experience.

Hawaii – Insane Island ParadiseThe Crew 2 Hawaii

While Alaska at least has the benefit of physically being a part of the continent of North America, Hawaii sits all by its lonesome, smack in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Flights from California (the closest state) clock in at just shy of six hours. That’s even longer than it takes to fly from California to Florida (four hours) or New York (six hours). While Hawaii is way out there, this is probably for a good reason. Hawaii isn’t just an archipelago, but a highly-active, volcanic one at that. Not to mention it’s also prone to hurricanes during the summer and fall. It’s a tropical, deadly paradise and it would make a great spot for the already ludicrous nature of The Crew 2. Powerboat races between the islands, off-roading through the beaches and around the volcanoes, along with aerobatic flights in the blue skies above. This would be a nice compliment to the game’s existing tropical vibes of Florida, albeit one that cranks up the heat even more (literally).

The Crew 2 Land Sea Air

Seeing that this is the second time that Alaska and Hawaii have been excluded from the package, I think that now is as good of an opportunity as ever to introduce them into The Crew’s universe especially due to the mixed-vehicle racing of The Crew 2. As mentioned, both states offer environments that can take advantage of each vehicle type in the game, which should make not for just some fun and blood-pumping driving/piloting experiences, but also gorgeous ones at that.

I wouldn’t even mind if these states were added in as paid-DLC expansion packs. Throw in some exclusive new vehicles to really make it worth everyone’s while. The Crew 2 already borrows heavily from various aspects of Forza Horizon’s formula, so perhaps these theoretical Alaska and Hawaii expansions could be The Crew 2’s answers to Horizon 3’s Blizzard Mountain and Hot Wheels DLC packs. In fact, the themes of those packs are pretty similar to Alaska and Hawaii. Blizzard Mountain features races centered around off-road and rally cars charging through tough, snowy terrain. The Hot Wheels pack includes an offshore, life-size Hot Wheels track that’s built around islands, complete with a volcano in the middle. So, Ivory Tower, if you need more inspiration just take a look at how Playground did it.

What are the chances of something like this happening? It’s impossible to say for sure, but I believe it’s a great idea. One of the main complaints I’ve seen brought against the game, and one that I agree with, is that there aren’t many races that make use of all the different vehicle types. Land-based vehicles, in particular, are utilized far more than boats and planes. Alaska and Hawaii’s extreme terrain suit all types, but it would also give the developers an opportunity to build more triathlon-style races, if not just more general races for the boats and planes. Considering that the game is built around the whole idea of insane, out-of-this-world driving experiences, Alaska and Hawaii would fit in perfectly if Ivory Tower uses their imagination right.

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  • exaz98

    Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.

    • Dave K

      Whomever decided to post this article should be fired. It’s an embarrassment that you apparently don’t seem to realize Puerto Rico also happens to be a U.S. State disregarded by the game. So why mention only the other 2? Truth is they left out MOST of the states technically speaking. Those who own the game and play it already know this…its not missing just the 2 you mentioned. This article kills your credibility IMO. I’d remove it or fix it.

      • A.K Rahming

        I hope you’re joking… There are 50 states, hence why I said that only 48 are represented. Puerto Rico, and the other entities you’re referring to (namely ones like Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, etc.) are considered to be territories. They’re owned by the U.S. but are not officially states.

        Don’t have to take my word for it, here’s a list of all the states: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states

        • J.j. Barrington

          It says all of America, though, right?

          • bigevilworldwide1 .

            Yes it says all of America…..Aside from Puerto Rico being factual US territory, common sense would likely dictate that Alaska and Hawaii were left out because you cannot drive to them…It wouldn’t make sense to include to places that you cannot actually physically drive to in a racing game…..

            • A.K Rahming

              The Crew 2 features boats and planes, so to be technical, that alone would make including them okay.

            • J.j. Barrington

              Yeah, I know that.

            • Panic AK

              You can drive to Alaska…

        • Dave K

          Lol, don’t be so daft…you’re arguing over nonsensical semantics (state vs territory) meanwhile an article here is published pointing out how they left out 2 states, but in reality they left out DOZENS…not just 2. MOST of AMERICA was left out. That’s what makes the article ridiculous.

          • A.K Rahming

            You call it “nonsensical semantics”, yet you’re the one who brought it up. As said, there are only 50 states in the country; this does not include offshore territories. Therefore, “most of America” was not left out.

            This is in strict reference to the USA; not including the rest of North America (Canada), Central America (Mexico, and other countries) and South America.

            If you’d like to go on with this impromptu geography lesson, go right ahead, but this article is about The Crew 2’s map of the USA. The story ends there.

            • Dave K

              Wow… here is your own quote: “There are still two states that go completely unrepresented here, Alaska and Hawaii.”

              This means that you have not properly researched or explored the game’s actual content before writing your article…either that or you have simply missed the fact that the vast majority of states have actually been left out as well as missing cities within the states that they did include.

              In case you didn’t notice (apparently you haven’t)… the vast majority of states are actually missing (there are only highway stretches connecting one area to another with huge gaps of missing states). Then, even in the states they HAVE included, there are lots of missing cities in them as well.

              Go play the damn game and make your own list of missing areas within it for heaven’s sake. Stop assuming that just because they draw a U.S. map that you’re actually visiting each state…it’s obvious the game doesn’t really do this.

              The article is inaccurate and a tad silly, IMO.

              • A.K Rahming

                You’re telling the person that handled the review of the game, to go and play the game…alright.

                Not every nook and cranny of the U.S. is represented in the game, but it captures each of the different environments realy well. The South consists of Florida, and the other states with a mix of tropical scenery and swamps, wetlands, etc. Up North is more mountainous and has woodlands, forests. The Midwest has flat plains, and the West has the rocky canyons.

                Each state border isn’t present, but the essence of them all is there, hence the reason why just about every reviewer that’s played this game or the first one was pleased with its representation of the country. So, don’t know what you’re getting miffed about. It’s a highly condensed, stylized re-creation. Not a 1:1 full representation of the entire country, hence the reason why one of the races has you racing in a hypercar from Detroit to Miami in 20 minutes.

                If you believe the article is “inaccurate” and “silly”, you’re welcome to do so and simply move right along if it doesn’t suit your tastes.

      • EG Admin

        Puerto Rico is absolutely not a state. Google it.

        • bigevilworldwide1 .

          OK your point is? it still says ALL OF AMERICA…Not just all the states….Maybe you should google that IF your making a racing game, you might not want to include the 2 states that you can’t actually drive to….I know common sense is something that is difficult for people…..Common sense might also dictate that while YES Puerto Rico is FACTUALLY an American territory, where all the citizens all FACTUALLY have the same rights people who live in the 50 states have, you might also not include that because again, just like Alaska and Hawaii you cannot just drive to Puerto Rico……

          • A.K Rahming

            True, Puerto Rico could be included under the “all of America” banner. But, as I explained in another comment:

            I wasn’t being petty nor upset about Alaska and Hawaii being included. I’m not even from the USA, so it would be even more outrageous for me to be personally offended. In any case, I wanted to write this article to poke fun at the game’s “All of America” tagline, on top of sharing my thoughts on hypothetical DLC expansions.

          • Vilhelm Witcher

            Existing territories and their legal status
            Territories have always been a part of the U.S. According to federal law, the term “United States”, when used in a geographical sense, means “the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands”. just saying not getting into this arguement also sitting here laughing about little samoa and all the others not mentioned

      • CB

        REEEEEEEEE

      • spideynut71

        Oh boy….

      • Lysergio

        “It’s an embarrassment that you apparently don’t seem to realize Puerto Rico also happens to be a U.S. State”

        el oh el

    • spideynut71

      To be fair, Alaska roads are horrible….and boring. The rest, as you say, could be cool, but it honestly wouldn’t look much different from Northern Montana. As for Hawaii, it would be pretty hard to simulate the physics from lava flows as they interact with roads and cars. :/

    • J.j. Barrington

      Wouldn’t the issue here be that they’re not connected to the rest of the country, so they were omitted? That doesn’t seem like they were forgotten.

      Also, while some dummies are wrong about Puerto Rico being a state, what you- and the game, apparently- claim is “all of America.” If you want to be as petty as you’re being by being upset by the game being limited to the contiguous 48, then you may as well include US territories like Guam and the like. Oh, and while you’re at it, since it says “America,” you should get upset that Mexico and Canada aren’t included… as well as all of Central and South America.

      /s

      • A.K Rahming

        Recognizing the “/s”, I just wanted to chime into say I wasn’t being petty nor upset about Alaska and Hawaii being included. I’m not even from the USA, so it would be even more outrageous for me to be personally offended. In any case, I wanted to write this article to poke fun at the game’s “All of America” tagline, on top of sharing my thoughts on hypothetical DLC expansions. But of course, this is Internet so I shouldn’t be surprised that some have taken this argument too seriously, lol.

        • J.j. Barrington

          It takes either extreme skill or extreme obviousness to get sarcasm across in text only.

    • Captiosus

      I sorta understand where you’re coming from but, honestly – and with all due respect to Alaskans everywhere, including one of my longest World of Warcraft buddies – I’m just not seeing where it would truly add any diversity to include Alaska. Alaska would functionally be no different than the upper midwest/rocky mountain states which can already be described as “wide open wilds”. Not many people would be cruising around and care that they’re looking at the Alaska Range (where Denali Mountain is) rather than, say, the Rocky Mountains.

      Hawaii might be a worthy addition via DLC simply because it has a different biome than the continental US and would, as you write, play into the multi-vehicle elements of The Crew 2. But the races wouldn’t be terribly different except off road would also include active volcanoes.