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Free-to-play Need for Speed MMO hits open beta

By Matthew ยท 58 replies
Mar 16, 2010
  1. After 14 installments over the last 15 years, the most ambitious and innovative version of Need for Speed is on the horizon. EA is working on a free-to-play massively multiplayer online racer, exclusive to the PC. Joystiq notes that an MMO version of the game could be the last Need for Speed title EA will have to make, offering a potential platform for "limitless updates."

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  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 869   +8

    i signed up a few hours ago
  3. theoscentral

    theoscentral TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Just signed up. Adding blur = good game lol
  4. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,761   +594

    Like how the Beta takes place in Need for Speed Most Wanted. LOL
  5. pipopaz

    pipopaz TS Rookie Posts: 70

    Wow I didn't know about such an ambitious work from EA. So far the game looks good and the whole MMO experience seems like it'll be a big part of it's looking tempting.
  6. Recipe7

    Recipe7 TS Booster Posts: 143

    Nothing is ever free, haha. Either way, I'll be signing up!
  7. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    "Joystiq notes that an MMO version of the game could be the last Need for Speed title EA will have to make, offering a potential platform for "limitless updates."

    Does this suggest that NFS World would be the last in the series?
    well if it is,then please don't do this! i love NFS!
  8. Aneesh

    Aneesh TS Rookie Posts: 20

    now a days online gaming is every where .....and i am so happy to know that my favourite NFS is also going to be online...... , I'll be signing up!
  9. Thompson

    Thompson TS Rookie Posts: 65

    This is now expected, what an odd place to take the NFS franchise which, of late, has been just used as a cash cow by releasing increasingly terrible iterations.
    Interesting development but i'm not sure that I trust EA to make a good MMO.
  10. JudaZ

    JudaZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 284

    Great! Signed up immediatly. Love NFS (not such a big fan of the "closed racing" versions though. Beeing chased by cops on open streets is much more fun :) )
  11. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,628   +688

    Huh...this is pretty interesting. Thanks for the heads up. I'm kinda scratching my head how a racing game could be wrapped up into an MMO. But what the heck, free is free! :)
  12. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Evangelist Posts: 313   +169

    I wonder if you can purchase horse armor in the game too. I hate micro transactions. Shoot, I hate paying real money to put new parts on my real car. I WILL NOT do that for a video game car, that's for sure.
  13. InsaneVr6

    InsaneVr6 TS Enthusiast Posts: 221

    I always like NFS title's as long as it was open world. Their attempt at making the closed circuit games failed pretty bad in my opinion.

    I watched the beta video for NFS World and it looks like it takes place in the Most Wanted game. Maybe EA will be combining all of the open world versions (Underground/Underground 2, Carbon, Most Wanted, Undercover, etc etc) into one.

    The fact that it is free seems strange to me though. Why would they strive to continue to update the game if they make no profit.

    It also says that it will be that last NFS installment. I don't think I would be upset about it, but I have to say I will miss the arcade street racing fun that NFS always had down better than any other game.
  14. cyrusjumpjet

    cyrusjumpjet TS Member Posts: 87

    Hmmm.... somehow I feel like this might become another failed MMO experiment. Sounds interesting though and if it's rewarding enough then I'll definitely give it a go.
  15. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    good technique to remain in market after last few flop games! MW was the best!
    but i will also try out this one!
  16. LGraves

    LGraves TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Sweet! I was never a fan of NFS games. But this seems really cool. I love driving games but more so the ones that let you drive freely... Think i'll check this out.
  17. LGraves

    LGraves TS Rookie Posts: 39

    You know the one thing that worries me is the controls. I hope I will not have to buy a steering wheel.
  18. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...
    if i had the PC & also met all requirements would have certainly sign to the beta & even pre-order (LOL, a free game, ha!) ...

    i will love to go for it when will be available to the public...

    been a while since i watched a video about this on GT.

  19. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    Being EA, I would expect that all the good items/upgrades would only be available to paying users. Would be very interesting to see how a racing game would work in an MMO environment though.

    P.S. I still think NFS Underground 2 was the best game in the series.
  20. rajmond

    rajmond TS Rookie Posts: 45

    amazing game with good graphics
  21. LMAO mmo copycats - "world"


    what's next? Zelda: Twinkle world mmo ?
  22. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,330   +276

    Actually a very good idea from EA... Hook a crowd, and keep them interested with additions along the way. I know that continually rehashing and getting sales for racing game after racing game becomes a burden - not enough changes to make it a "must have" in most cases. Using this online model, they only have to advertise one platform, and can change it up enough to keep people coming back... Plus, they eliminate the piracy issues.

    Good to see someone at EA is thinking outside the box a bit.
  23. zyodei

    zyodei TS Rookie Posts: 30

    What a killer app. They will make a load of money on this, and well deserved. This is just a killer idea, I hope it's a big success, and a model for more to follow.

    Pretty much makes DRM obsolete, no? :p
  24. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    I'll certainly play it if it's free. I imagine there's tons of money to be made with micro transactions and it's certainly been very profitable for some companies who have switched to a F2P model with micro-transactions. DDO said their revenue was up 500% after going free to play.
  25. Neojt

    Neojt TS Booster Posts: 181   +31

    I love most of NFS

    im singnin up as soon as i get home since they need a hardware scan

    Free is my favorite price
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