It looks like Need for Speed is heading back to the underground street racing scene, with its 22nd installment coming this Fall.
After 20 years, Need for Speed stands as one of the Racing genre’s most successful franchises. Since its humble low-poly beginnings, fans have driven head-to-head in some of the world’s most powerful supercars, outdone the might of the police, traversed the history of Porsche, explored the tuner-car underground racing scene, and tackled a coast-to-coast sprint across the USA.
Franchise publisher Electronic Arts and developer Ghost Games have been teasing the return of Need for Speed over the course of the week; a new game was nowhere to be seen in 2014. Thursday morning, EA and Ghost released a new teaser trailer for “Need for Speed”, a franchise reboot scheduled for release this Fall. According to the press release, the new Need for Speed game will feature an “authentic urban car culture” set against a “nocturnal” racing environment. All racing will be within an open-world city, akin to the gamplay found within NFS: Underground 2, NFS: Most Wanted and NFS: Carbon:
Ghost Games Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson says their franchise reboot is “returning [Need for Speed] to greatness”:
“Need for Speed is one of the most iconic names in gaming, and we’re returning it to greatness in this reboot…Pulling on our 20 years of history, and then taking a year out from releasing a game, we are making the game we’ve always wanted to. We’re listening to the fans and delivering an experience that will capture their imagination and unleash their passion for cars and speed.”
Need for Speed is scheduled to release this Fall for PC, Xbox One, and PS4. A new trailer will be shown on 6/15 during E3 2015.