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The next 'Need for Speed' won't arrive until 2017

By Shawn Knight
May 10, 2016
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  1. Electronic Arts and developer Ghost Games released the 22nd installment in the storied Need for Speed franchise last November. Since that time, the two have been pumping out free content that includes new features like manual transmissions (how was this missing from a racing game?), bigger garages and select customization items.

    EA typically drops a new Need for Speed game each year but as we’ve recently learned, that won’t be the case in 2016.

    In a blog post published earlier today, it was revealed that the recent SpeedList update would be the last free content update for the current Need for Speed title.

    As the team shifts its attention to the next game, they’ll be working with the community to provide multiple opportunities to bring fans into the studio over the coming months to get feedback on where they’re headed with the title. It’s unclear if they mean physically inviting gamers into the studio for a behind-the-scenes look or just sharing images / videos / hosting betas online.

    Currently, the team plans to ship the next Need for Speed game sometime in 2017. Ghost Games invited fans to share their thoughts and ideas regarding the new game on Twitter, Facebook or in their new forums. Unfortunately, the post didn’t provide much in the way of details or even a potential name.

    This marks just the second time since 2001 that we’ve had a year without a new NFS game. EA also skipped 2014 before releasing NFS: Rivals and the current Need for Speed last year.

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  2. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 739   +249

    Did you hear that? Did anyone hear that? It was the sound of nobody caring.
     
    davislane1 and SirChocula like this.
  3. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,653   +523

    Don't care about the game itself, but the stats are pretty funny, the most popular cars by region in particular. The US loves the Acura RSX and the Brits love the Focus, possibly because the game lacks any good representation from the UK. Less surprisingly Germany loves the M4 and Japan loves the AE86, only the most popular car in the country. Glad to see my fellow Canucks are fans of the WRX, too bad those who drive them in real life are ****ing tools, almost like you attained a certain level of **** hole'ness that you can drive like one all the time, which is why I can only drive them in video games...
     
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,915   +537

    I actually want a good NFS game.
     
  5. yRaz

    yRaz TS Evangelist Posts: 1,906   +954

    Hense the reason no one cares
     
  6. IAMTHESTIG

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 957   +273

    I lost interest in the franchise and racing games in general after they gave up on the semi realism offered in the SHIFT series. Been going to other games for the graphics and realism now as there are a lot more players in the game now than there was about eight years ago.

    I still have my Logitech G27 so as soon as I can get a VR headset I'll probably start trying these types of games again, including NFS. If it is more arcade junk though I'll skip right over it.
     
  7. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,457   +606

    I remember when the Need for Speed franchise used to be good, not a cash cow.
    High Stakes is forever etched into my PC gaming childhood. Anyone remember DethKarz?
     

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