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PS4 racer The Crew targeting 30fps locked, says dev

The Crew, the next-generation racer from Ivory Tower and Ubisoft Reflections, is being targeted for 30fps locked on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to the game’s creative director.

Speaking with, Julian Gerighty said that 60fps would be ideal, but ultimately not possible given the size of the game world.

"We’ve never been at 60 frames per second," he said. "We’ve always been aiming for 30 frames per second locked. Today, unfortunately certain PCs have been overheating, so we’re having frame rate drops. It’s a hardware issue, not a software issue.

"60 frames per second is, of course, what we would all like to obtain," added Gerighty, "but it’s such a big world, and with all the online features running, it’s just not realistic to obtain that. 30 [frames] locked is really, really good and exactly what we’ve been focussed on."

Set in North America, The Crew will include roughly 15 cities, though Gerighty noted they’ve had to condense the experience, so don’t expect a full 1:1 recreation of these areas.

“It’s obviously not 1:1. If you’ve ever had a road trip even from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, it’s four or five hours away. We’re still in the business of entertainment, so what we’ve done is we’ve done a condensed version of everything. Running from San Francisco to New York will last about an hour.”

The Crew is scheduled to ship on PS4, PC and Xbox One in early 2014.