With a November release date, this year's Need for Speed game could solely be for the "next-gen" PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S platforms. This suggests that the game could be the first true next-generation racing game.
Need for Speed has become a household name thanks to Electronic Arts' legendary street racing series. The franchise has been recognized for taking players on chaotic street races, furious police pursuits, and high-speed sprints since its inception in the 1990s.
Many various studios have contributed their unique interpretations to the franchise over the decades and across its 21 core entries, expanding the formula in various ways. Each age of Need for Speed has delivered something unique to the franchise, from EA Vancouver to Criterion to Black Box to the most recent titles by Ghost Games. Criterion is once again in charge of the future release, with Ghost Games reduced to a support team named EA Gothenburg
According to Jeff Grubb, this year's Need for Speed will be released only on current-gen platforms, including the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. While Grubb didn't specify a PC port, given EA's track record, the game is likely to be released on PC as well, maybe as part of EA Play Pro with a demo on the base EA Play.
New editions of the NFS franchise have been released every two years for the past decade. As a result, with the phenomenal success of NFS Heat in 2019 as well as the franchise's revival, a new installment was anticipated for 2021. However, due to the pandemic and Criterion's supporting Dice in the creation of Battlefield 2042, there was a delay.
This year's Need for Speed is still on the way, as stated by Jeff Grubb. That is correct; the game should be released in November. If you own a next-gen console and want to play Need for Speed, you'll be disappointed to learn that the game is only available on that console. They're going all-in on next-gen.
Given that the game will be released in November 2022, the present-gen consoles will have been out for two years. As a result, the game's exclusivity for current-generation systems makes sense.
While racing games like Forza Horizon 5, Gran Turismo 7, and Grid Legends were developed for the current-gen PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, they were also released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The above games were, however, limited in some way by optimizing for practically decade-old technology. If NFS 2022 is designed from the ground up for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S, the creators will be able to take advantage of much more CPU power from the outset, allowing them to deliver a true next-gen racing game.
The next mainline Need for Speed game is scheduled to be publicly disclosed this summer, with a probable release date of this November.
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