During its yearly financial call, EA confirmed that the Need for Speed racing franchise will be returning to high end consoles and PCs in 2015. Details are few and far between at the moment aside from the release window, and EA doesn’t even have a name chosen yet.
The Need for Speed franchise has been rather quiet as of late with EA famously breaking an annual chain of releases that stretched for 13 consecutive years. This eruption happened after the previous development studio, Criterion Games, laid off most of its staff and co-founder Alex Ward moved on to other possible prospects.
In the meantime, EA has given its new dedicated studio, Ghost Games, a chance to wrap its brains around the current-gen consoles and evolve the series beyond Criterion Games’ ridiculously high standards. Ghost Games’ first attempt, Need for Speed: Rivals, was a solid game to bring the franchise to the new generation, but it paled in comparison to the previous efforts.
Since then, all we’ve seen is a confirmation for an iOS/Android game, Need for Speed: No Limits, also coming out in 2015.
Whatever this new game turns out to be, I hope Ghost Games can bring back the same consistency that Criterion Games’ helped hammer down. Previous Need for Speed releases under various studios gave the franchise an unreliable image.
The new Need for Speed will be released in the second half of 2015 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Stay tuned to E3 for more.
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