After teasing a new Need for Speed just a few days ago, EA has officially announced the latest in its best selling racing series. Need for Speed Rivals will be a collaboration between the newly formed Ghost Games and racing veterans Criterion Games.
In keeping with the trend this week, EA confirmed that it will be coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, making it the first game in the series to burst onto next-generation platforms. It will be powered by DICE’s powerful Frostbite 3 engine, and it will continue in the open-city racing fashion that Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed: Most Wanted have already established.
This latest game’s setting in known as Redview County, another fictional area of the Need for Speed universe where street racing runs rampant, and the police do their best to shut it down. Gamers will get to choose which side of the law they will drive for in the ensuing mayhem.
Need for Speed Rivals will also feature what is known as AllDrive, or this latest game’s version of seamlessly switching from single player to multiplayer. Criterion has made this a top priority in all its open-world racers before, so it remains to be seen how well it can pull it off on the next-generation connectivity.
Other new features include:
- Next-Gen Racing – Redview County is brought to life with stunning, next-generation detail
- Need for Speed Network Powered by Autolog – Gamers can compare stats and challenge their friends anytime, anywhere and then easily share their accomplishments with both friends and rivals.
- Personalization – Drivers customize their ride with fresh paintjobs, custom license plates, liveries decals and rims, as well as performance upgrades.
- Pursuit and Evasion Tech – White-knuckle racing explodes with 11 upgradeable gadgets including turbo boosts, jammers and EMPs for racers, and shockwaves, roadblocks and helicopters for cops.
Need for Speed Rivals is set for an November 19th release for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 and PC. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will be released shortly after that and will have their dates announced once an official launch date of the consoles are known.