I’m Blake, and from everyone here at Ironwood Studios – hello! We are thrilled to finally reveal Pacific Drive to the world in State of Play.
Born from the rhythm of an engine, Pacific Drive is a racing-based first-person driving survival game. As you explore the Zone, your car is your lifeline: collect resources to maintain and upgrade your car – as long as you keep it running, it will protect you from surrounding dangers.
In 1955, the United States government seized an area of the Pacific Northwest by eminent domain. The Olympic Peninsula has become the breeding ground for promising new technologies, but these utopian creations have come at great cost: severe radiation, environmental collapse and supernatural horrors. The government walled off the area and established the Olympic Exclusion Zone. What happened inside has never been revealed.
Rumors and stories about the Zone multiply, forcing you to explore its perimeter. Your plans go wrong and you are now stuck inside – you don’t know it yet, but the only way out is to move on. You find a barely running station wagon deep in the woods, miraculously unlocked and able to roll down the hill into the valley. Here, you encounter an abandoned car workshop that becomes your base of operations, where you safely repair and upgrade your car between races. Do your best to survive, solve mysteries and seek a way out – or become part of the ongoing legends of the Zone.
Structured like a “road-lite”, every trip from your garage to the Zone is full of weird anomalies and technology, and lots of radiation. If you keep your car in good condition, you’ll be able to explore safely, collect resources, and drive further into distinct biomes that offer more valuable rewards. The land changes with each passing storm, making each trip a unique experience. Discovering new resources will allow you to equip your vehicle with defenses, trick your garage, and find more dangerous routes that will take you deeper and deeper into the area.
Since its inception in 2019, Ironwood Studios has been hard at work on Pacific Drive, and we’re extremely proud to be working with PlayStation to bring it to life. Our team loves filling surreal settings with layered systems that allow players to have their own unexpected and unique experiences. We still dream of urban legends and the forests of the Pacific Northwest, two things the Olympic exclusion zone is full of. It also doesn’t hurt that we’re all big fans of a good old-fashioned road trip.
As you settle in what’s left of the Zone, you’ll find that it’s not as abandoned as you might think – this place is full of old tales and legends, some long gone while others still linger. Remember to keep your eyes on the road, the woods are deep and not entirely empty.
Pacific Drive is coming to PlayStation 5 in 2023.