Pacific Drive PS5 PlayStation Physical Edition Maximum Games 1

With major titles like Alan Wake 2 controversially eschewing physical editions in favour of an increasingly digital market, Blu-ray faithfuls may be reassured to know that the intriguing first-person vehicular survival game Pacific Drive will be getting a retail release next year. The game, due out in Spring 2024, will come with all kinds of real-world goodies, including a reversible cover, 24-page printed traveller’s journal, three art cards, and a full-colour sleeve. You’ll also get some in-game items allowing you to customise your virtual Station Wagon.

This game is being billed as a “road-like” – a first-of-its-kind twist on the popular roguelike genre. The blurb explains: “Your car is your only companion as you navigate a surreal and anomaly-filled reimagining of the Pacific Northwest. Structured as a road-like, each excursion into the wilderness brings unique and strange challenges, as you restore and upgrade your car from an abandoned garage that acts as your home base.”

We’ve always enjoyed games where you’re stranded in the wilderness with a single vehicle serving as your makeshift camp; another example of a game that scratches a similar itch is Days Gone, where your bike is your only sanctuary from the hordes of Freakers who roam the open world. We typed up a preview of this earlier in the year, so if this physical release has attracted your attention, maybe read through our report for more information on the game itself.