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Need for Speed will need an online connection

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Need for Speed is coming as a series reboot, because the narrative in a game about driving has become convoluted to a point where it needs to be refreshed, obviously. It seems to be an amalgamation of everything that’s come before, with a great big bunch of Need for Speed Underground influence. It’s got a lot of people very excited. There’s some news about it that may temper that excitement. It may be an always online game.

That’s according to a relatively vague tweet from the official Need for Speed account that suggests that the new Need for Speed will require a persistent online connection.

It seems it’ll need an online connection for social things, making it not too dissimilar to Need for Speed: Rivals which also needed an online connection to get the most of.

Of course, it will have a single player experience, but you’ll probably miss out on half the fun if your’e not connected to the internet.

It seems those hoping for a pure SP experience are going to be in for disappointment, but it all depends on how it’s all handled. We’ll get more details at E3, obviously – and my hope is that EA learns from Ubisoft’s mistakes with The Crew. Nobody wants an always online racer.

Last Updated: May 29, 2015

63 Comments

  1. Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

    May 29, 2015 at 08:05

    Ag, it’s 2015. This doesn’t really bother me much. In the end it’s going to be all about whether they actually got the game right.

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    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 29, 2015 at 08:07

      That said, it may be different for console gamers, come to think of it. On PC being always online has become normal for most. So they might alienate a few console gamers with this.

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      • Kromas,powered by windows 10.

        May 29, 2015 at 08:13

        I have been saying for a while now that this is going to be the norm so it is easier to just get used to it than to whine about it. That being said I do feel sorry for those without a decent connection.

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      • Rock789

        May 29, 2015 at 09:09

        Yeah, I think it’s decidedly different to being ‘online always’ compared to ‘interactive online always’… By that, I mean the difference between simply being connected and being connected in the same world with others. The ‘with others’ part can be tedius in some games – and The Crew was 1 of them! Not to mention it’s what breaks servers… Just ask DriveClub and The Crew about their launch… o_O

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 29, 2015 at 08:14

      Aye, they need to do at least 3kg of QA

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      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 29, 2015 at 08:14

        I don’t know what you’re talking about.
        Nothing happened to me.

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 29, 2015 at 08:15

          *waves hand

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    • chimera_85

      May 29, 2015 at 09:57

      Definitely

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  2. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 29, 2015 at 08:11

    Of course it will

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  3. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 29, 2015 at 08:12

    CLOUD POWA?

    Reply

  4. ReaperOfSquirrels

    May 29, 2015 at 08:13

    I really don’t have an issue with always online… except for when my DSL goes down and then I can’t even launch the game to play SP, that’s when I have a SERIOUS issue with it.

    That being said, I have a cell phone, mobile data, and a knowledge of computers that will allow me to use that to connect.

    There’s always a way to get online, even if you don’t particularly like it.

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    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 29, 2015 at 08:29

      True. My DSL was off for a week and I still managed to use Steam through other ways. It wasn’t convenient, but it worked.

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  5. Loftus

    May 29, 2015 at 08:23

    This bothers me. Living with a cap connection at home we only use the net for necessities and playing a racing game isn’t a necessity. :/

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    • CypherGate

      May 29, 2015 at 10:11

      Even with a cap connection online gameplay doesnt take much data.

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      • MHBGT

        May 30, 2015 at 20:30

        Until the compulsory updates start rolling out… And it’s EA, so expect a Day 1 update.

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  6. Rock789

    May 29, 2015 at 08:23

    And there it is… Bye bye NFS… See ya later. I have online, but the thing is I’ve played The Crew – another online only game. It’s not great… In fact, it’s decidedly meh. And that has just put me off the whole online only racing experience…

    NFS – you gonna have to blow my socks off and WOW me to get me to pay attention from here-on in…

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    • chimera_85

      May 29, 2015 at 09:58

      I really enjoyed The Crew but it could have been sooo much better.

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      • Rock789

        May 29, 2015 at 10:06

        Yeah, they sold it as a ‘roadtrip across America’ type game… But it just isn’t. We see glimpses but never the whole picture. And, not to mention, the “online only server problems, thus not being able to connect and play” issues that plagued the first few weeks.

        Like I said, NFS is gonna have to do it 1000 times better in order to tempt me back into an online only experience in racing. And I just don’t see that happening with the NFS franchise. But I’ll definitely give ’em a chance and wait and see – keep my eye on it till then. But pre-ordering, I ain’t!

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        • chimera_85

          May 29, 2015 at 16:44

          The thing for me with The Crew some missions are so freaking difficult and no one joins a game except for friends and most people don’t like the game so no actual friends are ever playing I just got stuck and never tried again.

          That being said I still enjoyed it but it could’ve been so much more.

          Rivals online was a shobby attempt and it could’ve also been so much better but still a step in the right direction imo

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  7. Francois Knoetze

    May 29, 2015 at 08:25

    you know this is fine by me but right now I am wondering why do console makers even bother with a second remote. Nobody does split screen racing with a friend anymore and to be honest i miss that

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    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 29, 2015 at 08:28

      I agree with you. I really miss split screen racing. We still do with GT though, but it’s gotten quite rare to have it available as an option.

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      • Pieter Kruger

        May 29, 2015 at 08:42

        Still playing Forza 5 split screen, although I always find myself looking at the wrong part of the screen and crashing…….

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        • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

          May 29, 2015 at 08:42

          I love Forza. And I tend to do that exact same thing.

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          • Hammersteyn

            May 29, 2015 at 08:43

            Look at the road,not the cloud. It’s a lie

          • Pieter Kruger

            May 29, 2015 at 08:49

            Kicking against always online and the cloud is futile, if you’re a “purist” gamer rather stick to playing rock paper scissors lizard Spock with your friends……

          • Hammersteyn

            May 29, 2015 at 08:51

            Telling people you have to play online is futile. Like Simcity. EA had to fold and release an offline patch

          • Trevor Matrix

            May 29, 2015 at 08:51

            The little bugger is still embarassed about that Xbone purchase.

          • Hammersteyn

            May 29, 2015 at 08:51

            Also the people kicked against the always online XBOX One….

    • ReaperOfSquirrels

      May 29, 2015 at 08:39

      My favorite split screen racer is still Blur

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      • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

        May 29, 2015 at 08:40

        We tried the 4-way split screen. Was awesome.

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        • CypherGate

          May 29, 2015 at 10:13

          The screens split evenly thats why its awesome lol

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      • Francois Knoetze

        May 29, 2015 at 08:41

        mine was still back in the ps2 days with Most Wanted. My mates and I thrashed each other in that game

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    • HairyEwok

      May 29, 2015 at 09:15

      These days TV are so advanced that you can do splitscreen without even splitting it up. Then again your wallet would be splitting if you had to buy the TV.

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    • CypherGate

      May 29, 2015 at 10:12

      Yeah split screen racing should honestly stay. There were a few games that had the vertical split screen which i preferred over horizontal.

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  8. Hammersteyn

    May 29, 2015 at 08:30

    “More variety and a more rewarding experience with friends”
    “To deliver the best experience possible and make playing with friends more rewarding, an online connection will be required”
    EA bot is set to PR mode

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    • WitWolfy

      May 29, 2015 at 09:55

      I think we all can agree here that the game wont be playable for at least the first 3 weeks of release, due to server issues of course. Happens every time…

      PLUS lets be realistic here, that means you wont be able to play time game in about 5 years time either, because we all know how EA loves shutting down servers of games that are older than 3 years.. ESPECIALLY if its yearly releases like these.

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  9. Hammersteyn

    May 29, 2015 at 08:34

    Also does “a more rewarding experience” refer to the same experience people had with SimCity? Same song and dance will happen if it’s a mess. People will demand NFS to be playable offline. EA will say it isn’t possible, then after a few months of messing around with servers they have no knowledge of running properly a offline patch will be made available.

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    • Captain JJ Hack&Slash&Dodge

      May 29, 2015 at 08:37

      That’s a very good point. And with Sim City it was “impossible” to switch off the always online function – until they just switched it off.
      The always online thing did make SimCity a hassle to run, but that’s because it was badly done.

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  10. Ir0nseraph

    May 29, 2015 at 08:36

    EA has a very special ability to announce a game and get me excited , then one week late they do s*** like this.
    No Sale bargain bin buy.

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  11. Hammersteyn

    May 29, 2015 at 08:36

    Also an online connection will enable them to show you ads for DLC just like MK does. That way you can buy all the decals, paint, rims, hoods, etc. in a flash.

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    • Trevor Matrix

      May 29, 2015 at 08:45

      And all t he fur on the dashboard you want/need/have to have!
      And not forget the tissue box in the back window!

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 29, 2015 at 08:47

        And the furry dice hanging from the rear view mirror

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        • Trevor Matrix

          May 29, 2015 at 08:49

          That is just too hipster. I’d rather have Darryn’s testicles hanging from the rear view mirror. IF he had any…

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  12. Trevor Matrix

    May 29, 2015 at 08:48

    Ever since driving myself, racing games like these lost their appeal. I’m stuck in 90 minute traffic twice a day. So getting into a car other than to run over digital pedestrians honestly does nothing for me.
    Have it online and I am just going to go with no.

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    • CuddlesaurusRex

      May 29, 2015 at 08:55

      Maybe they will have DLC for that?

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      • Trevor Matrix

        May 29, 2015 at 08:56

        Mebbe if they strike a deal with Rockstar and bring Trevor in. Then ok. Yeah. Maybe.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      May 29, 2015 at 09:24

      went to a track once to drive around, surprisingly found that real driving was way easier than circuit racing on pc, with both the wheel and controller… scarier, but easier.
      circuit racing on pc/console has been ruined for me.

      open world stuff and casual racers are more fun for me now. get rid of the frustration of real world driving.

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  13. WitWolfy

    May 29, 2015 at 08:49

    Kinda lame… With the odd chance now and again of Seacom going offline this doesnt seem like a good investment.

    I wonder if UBI will follow in their foot steps?

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    • Matthew Holliday

      May 29, 2015 at 09:21

      they already have, the crew was always online.
      it was so reliant on the internet that even the pirates were like “no thanks”

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  14. CuddlesaurusRex

    May 29, 2015 at 08:53

    Do these guys never learn? Look at what happened with NFS: Rivals and Drive Club. This is a kak idea. What made the original NFS games great for me was the SP campaign. Racing with friends happened with 2 controllers and a split screen. There is no fun in racing against someone you can’t punch in the arm when you beat them… They trying really hard to turn this into CoD…

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    • Matthew Holliday

      May 29, 2015 at 09:21

      agreed, online multiplayer is not the future of NFS.
      splitscreen and local lobbies are where its at.

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  15. HairyEwok

    May 29, 2015 at 09:14

    “NFS will require an online connection, but the benefits are nice. More variety and a more rewarding experience with friends.” Forever alone guy does not approve of this.

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  16. DJSkippy

    May 29, 2015 at 09:37

    Hype train just got derailed, error 37 anyone???

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    • WitWolfy

      May 29, 2015 at 10:05

      RIP Hype.. We barely knew ya…

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      • DJSkippy

        May 29, 2015 at 10:16

        I understand why they want to do this but it is not the best way. My mention of Diablo 3’s online error is a good example of what can happen.

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  17. chimera_85

    May 29, 2015 at 09:57

    I don’t care really, as long as it’s good like old NFS.

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  18. Nikola

    May 29, 2015 at 09:58

    I can’t bealive nobody said it yet…#DontsupportDRM Cyberpunk 2077 is coming!! Screw this crap:)

    Reply

  19. Ghost In The Rift

    May 29, 2015 at 10:10

    Yup, EA screwed the cat again, micro-transactions everywhere.A pass for me, anyway gonna be busy with my 6/7 play through of The Witcher 3:-P

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    • DJSkippy

      May 29, 2015 at 10:17

      Look at how Real Racing 3 is. I think NFS is gonna be the same.

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  20. Wyzak

    May 29, 2015 at 10:42

    Dead in the water already

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  21. Ranting Raptor

    May 29, 2015 at 21:34

    “To deliver the best experience possible and make playing with friends more rewarding, an online connection will be required.”

    Witcher 3 begs to differ

    Reply

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