The latest offering from Italian game developer Milestone S.r.l. and Square Enix released on Tuesday. Gravel is an off-road racing game that uses a fictional racing television show to help players immerse themselves in rally racing challenges.
Japanese video game publisher Square Enix first announced the racing game in March 2017. At the time, the company planned to release Gravel in summer 2017. However, they soon pushed the release date back to 2018 to avoid competition from big racing titles like Forza Motorsport 7 and Dirt 4. The game was developed by Milestone S.r.l., the Milan-based developer known for racing games like Superbike World Championship and Ride 2. The company unveiled a preview of the game at New York Comic Con in October and allowed visitors to play a preliminary demo.
Gravel offers a single-player mode and a multi-player mode. Players can choose from over 50 rear-wheel-drive cars and trucks to compete in the in-game racing television series Offroad Masters. Each player starts as a rookie driver and must work their way up to challenge the masters of four different types of racing: point-to-point, closed track racing, rallycross and competitive event racing. Players can choose several tracks to race on, including fictional courses in the Australian Outback, Alaska, Florida and Namibia, as well as real-world circuits like the Pista Automóvel de Montalegre in Portugal.