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.