EA are preparing to reveal their new Need for Speed game to the world tomorrow as the iconic, award-winning franchise looks set to release a brand new instalment of the game, which is set to arrive at 2PM UK time tomorrow.
The “Need for Speed” reboot released on PS4 and Xbox One in 2015 had a fairly lukewarm reception and EA will be hoping the latest entry can put the racing game back on top.
IGN, for example, gave the Need For Speed game from 2015 a 6.3, writing that it “looks the part, sounds the part, and is surprisingly reverent to real-world car culture” but “beneath its flashy exterior it’s not quite firing on all cylinders.”
Since those not so impressive reviews, the franchise went fairly quiet, with Microsoft’s Forza series steaming ahead even further as the number one racing game around.
So far, EA has remained incredibly tight-lipped about their new entry in the series, with EA CEO Andrew Wilson revealing during the company’s quarterly earnings call earlier this year that the team behind the upcoming Need for Speed game “is pushing the boundaries of action driving.”
“We’ve given this game an extended development cycle to focus on innovation, and the Need for Speed team is pushing the boundaries of action driving with what we believe is the most exciting and best-looking Need for Speed game we’ve ever produced,” Wilson said during the fiscal year 2017 third quarter call.
Then, out of the blue, the Need for Speed Twitter account sprung to life in the last week or two, before finally revealing some actual details earlier this week.
It started with a few teaser images, which showed a car burning rubber, in what could either be Bosten or Las Vegas based on the Space Needle/Stratosphere Tower on the right-hand side of the image.
As promised, fans will be given a ‘full reveal’ tomorrow, which we assume will contain a new trailer as the Need for Speed Twitter account seems to be pointing people to the games YouTube account.
There’s no word on when this new Need for Speed might release, but we can make a decent guess.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson said during the quarterly earnings call that the game would launch in the company’s 2018 fiscal year, which begins on April 1, 2017 and ends on March 31, 2018.
However, developer Ghost Games previously revealed that their new Need for Speed game would likely be coming during 2017.
Assuming the game hasn’t been pushed back, we’d assume that it will arrive somewhere between late September and November of this year.
The same blog from Ghost Games that mentioned the release date also hinted that the developer has taken on board a lot of feedback from fans to ensure the game can “[build] upon the foundations that have been laid with Need for Speed.”
“The feedback our community has already given us is already shaping the future of Need for Speed,” the post read, “and it will continue to do so as we move further into the development of the next game.”
In all likelihood, EA and Ghost Games will release a small teaser for the game and some top line details, with a full reveal expected to come at EA’s E3 event EA Play.
Chances are this will also be a CGI only trailer, with gameplay saved for EA Play, or potentially at Gamescom 2017.
Should EA decide to hold back gameplay, they certainly won’t be short of new games to still wow people.
The publisher has already confirmed that EA Play will include further reveals for the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront 2, FIFA 18, NBA LIVE 18, Madden NFL 18 as well as maybe some more info on upcoming DLC for Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2.
Stay tuned for more Need for Speed details as soon as they arrive.