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Need for Speed will return this year but not at E3

We’re less than two weeks away from E3 now! As ever, in the lead up to gaming’s biggest event, we hear about games that are confirming their presence at E3 as well as those that won’t be there. Well, today we have heard that one of the games in the latter camp is the new Need for Speed title. Electronic Arts has confirmed that the game is planned to launch this year, however, it won’t make an appearance at E3 (or EA Play).

Need for Speed has had something of a checkered recent history. EA has tasked Ghost Games with the franchise on the last three entries. Their first attempt was Need for Speed Rivals and they were helped out by Criterion Games. Since then, they have been trying to find the right direction for the franchise. 2015’s entry, simply titled Need for Speed, tried a more realistic approach. This didn’t entirely fit the franchise but was also hampered by EA’s instance that the game was always online. 2017.s Need for Speed Payback looked very promising but was then mired in the loot boxes and microtransactions debacle.

Need for Speed needs a home run this time around if the series is to continue. For this reason, it’s probably best that if the game isn’t ready to be shown that they don’t rush it. Let’s just hope that the full game is given the development time it needs as well. Here’s the official announcement

What have we been up to? Well, as you can imagine, we’re in the business of making games, and Need for Speed games at that. You can also probably guess where this is going, but for those who haven’t– a new Need for Speed game will be releasing later in 2019!

This year is a bit of a special one for NFS, too, as we are turning 25 years. We’ve had almost 25 years going fast, and we can’t wait to kick-start our 26th with the next NFS game.

And while we’ve had some great memories over those twenty-five years, we’re not here to look back and reminisce. We’ve got our eyes set firmly on the future. But even while focusing on the future – especially this year – we’ve also thought a lot about what NFS means to you, and perhaps more importantly what we hope it will mean as we move forward.

Cars naturally top the list. You could say that the cars and customization of NFS are the beating heart of what we do. Without either of these, NFS fails to exist as we know it. These two elements play a pivotal role in the series and are two aspects that we consider to be foundational, meaning they aren’t going anywhere because NFS wouldn’t exist without them.

But NFS is also the culmination of many different aspects, and there’s a special essence that appears when all these aspects come together at a very high quality, an essence that helps create that unique NFS feeling. You could say this essence is our DNA, and it’s exactly what we’re injecting straight into our next project.

Tradition, and our above note about a new game later this year, dictates that this is the time when you’ll be eagerly hitting F5 on our Social Media channels, waiting for that first detailed sign of something new, for that first teaser to drop. But let’s hold fire on that for now.

Because traditions are all well and good, but they can also be broken, and new ones forged. Just because we’ve done something one way for the last few years, doesn’t mean we should continue to do so.

Are you going to hear more about the next NFS title? Yes. Is it being released this year? Yes. Will we be doing anything in June? No. It’s as simple as that, but we wanted to give you a heads up before you started asking “where are you?” Our goal is to deliver a truly memorable high-speed entry into the 25 years of NFS, rather than a series of promotional events. The game matters most – a sentiment we bet you share with us.

With that, know that we’re here, we’re building an amazing game that we can’t wait to show off, and the next time we talk, we’ll be packing our bags and heading south for the full unveiling. We’ll see you then.

– The NFS Team

Steve Clist
Joint Editor-in-Chief at our sister site XboxEnthusiast, Steve also has a serious love for Nintendo. His first console was an N64 and it was love at first sight. He may specialise in racing games but will give anything a shot. He's also a serious guitar player and musician. Basically, Steve rocks. Need we say more?

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