Among the new titles announced during the recent PlayStation State of Play is Pacific Drive. As Ironwood Studios’ first game, this first-person survival driving game sees players exploring the Olympic Exclusion Zone.
The Exclusion Zone is a region in the Olympic Peninsula where the government conducted all kinds of experiments in 1955. However, these quickly gave way to radiation and all kinds of horrors. After hearing the rumors, the player ventures to the perimeter of the Zone, but becomes stuck and must find a way out with a rickety station wagon. An abandoned auto shop serves as your base of operations for repairing and upgrading the vehicle.
As a run-based title or “road-lite,” one must look for a way out and solve the mystery of the Zone or “become part of the ongoing legends.” You can expect different anomalies to pop up during each run as you explore different biomes (with the land changing during every storm) and scavenge resources. Improve your vehicle’s defense, upgrade the garage, and venture further into the Zone while minding its various legends
In development since 2019, Ironwood Studios’ Pacific Drive is out in 2023 for PS5.