Release Window Confirmed For New Need For Speed Game On Next-Gen Consoles

In a quarterly earnings call, EA confirmed six new next-generation titles it'll release in the 2022 fiscal year, one of which is in the Need for Speed franchise
Release Window Confirmed For New Need For Speed Game On Next-Gen Consoles

EA is wasting no time getting an instalment in the Need for Speed franchise on the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. One is already confirmed for the 2022 fiscal year, which runs from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022.

“We plan to launch at least six new games on the next-gen consoles in FY22,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said in the company’s latest financial report, adding, “These will include a new Need for Speed game this is bringing some astounding visual leaps, developed by the Criterion team, who have launched some of the most highly-rated games in franchise history.”

Like 2017's Payback (pictured) and 2019's Heat, we're looking at a November release for the next NFS instalment
Like 2017's Payback (pictured) and 2019's Heat, we're looking at a…

Criterion, you might remember, has been handed back control of the series following EA’s effective closure of Ghost Games. The Swedish studio has been behind every NFS release since 2013’s Rivals but is to be turned into an engineering hub to support EA releases.

Speaking of former entries in the franchise, it’s these games that make it fairly easy to guess when EA might release the next one within the 2022 fiscal year. Starting with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, titles have consistently been released in November, making the new, next-gen game about a year away. Assuming, that is, the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic hasn’t thrown a spanner in the works.

Either way, there’s a bit of a wait. If you’re feeling impatient, though, Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered has been released today (6 November) on PS4, Xbox One and PC with improved textures, 4K capability and better AI. EA has also confirmed the reworked modern classic will be backwards compatible with the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.



I wonder what will it be… My child in me would be more than happy with a remastered Underground 2 / Most Wanted / Carbon. Or at least something from the street racing and tuner scene.

11/06/2020 - 13:06 |
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Myrmeko (#CTSquad)

Somebody did a comparison on Youtube and HPR uses lower resolution textures for almost everything.
There are some higher resolution items, like trees for example.
The car models aren’t much better either, since they lack some small details compared to the old game.
Only the reflections are better.

Personally i just hope for another 2015-like game.
The tuning wasn’t quite there, but the rest was just like a NFS should be. FMVs flawlessly integrated into the 3D world, night only and focused on street racing and tuning magazines.

11/14/2020 - 08:07 |
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They could also remake Underground 1, but now, with the open world it was supposed to have originally. And with all the cut beta roads.

11/14/2020 - 08:09 |
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