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New Need for Speed is a complete series reboot

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I like to think that I have a pretty solid grasp on reality. I know real life when I see it, and I know gameplay when I see it. Sure racing games may blur that line a bit, but I can still tell the difference, right? Well, maybe not so much with Need for Speed.

Here is a new gameplay teaser for the trailer that will be released during E3 on 15 June.

According to the video description, Need for Speed will release Fall 2015 (so, our Spring) to PS4, Xbox One and PC.

The new NFS game will feature deep customisation, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game.

I just can’t believe how gorgeous the game is looking. The physics, the realism, the stunning aesthetic – Need for Speed is looking mighty beautiful. I am so impressed with just this short snippet – obviously we’ll see more in the coming months. But so far, it is pretty enough to rival any of the other top notch new generation racing games.

Here’s what EA says in the press release:

“Need for Speed is one of the most iconic names in gaming, and we’re returning it to greatness in this reboot,” said Ghost Games’ Marcus Nilsson,

“Pulling on our 20 years of history, and then taking a year out from releasing a game, we are making the game we’ve always wanted to. We’re listening to the fans and delivering an experience that will capture their imagination and unleash their passion for cars and speed.”

It’s interesting that this isn’t Underground 3. This isn’t a sequel or iteration in the franchise – it seems the plan is to reboot the whole thing for a new generation of gamers, and I think people have some pretty high standards for racing games this generation. Between the flops of DriveClub and The Crew and then the successes of Forza and Project Cars, gamers are used to the new driving games this generation looking stunning. Need for Speed is promising something even more and I think fans are ready for whatever they offer.

Last Updated: May 22, 2015

79 Comments

  1. Captain JJ Browman

    May 22, 2015 at 07:37

    This looks promising for an arcade racer. Maybe they’re going back to their roots where you didn’t start the game with a Porsche and actually had to work your way up. After the terribly implemented new Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted I’ve been wanting a new NFS game of some good quality.
    Knowing EA though, it’ll probably be riddled with DLCs, like Rivals, so I’m not holding thumbs, but I will be cautiously optimistic.

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  2. Ranting Raptor

    May 22, 2015 at 07:39

    This looks incredible… I think I’m about to hit a ceiling with my GFX card setup now 🙁 Hope games will allow me at least another year or so before demanding more power

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    • HairyEwok

      May 22, 2015 at 09:02

      It does look incredible… Looks like Rivals and underground put together for me.

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  3. Hammersteyn

    May 22, 2015 at 07:42

    “we’re returning it to greatness in this reboot” well it sure as hell cant be any worse than the last couple of games .

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    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 22, 2015 at 07:44

      Agreed.
      I just hope they return a proper monetary system. The last few games were so damn stupid. You either randomly find a 2million Rand car standing around that you can just have, or you “unlock” it. How dumb.
      You need to EARN your car and your upgrades by making money, by winning races.
      Okay, that’s my rant.

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 22, 2015 at 07:50

        They can add DLC as well, just give us a chance to unlock the stuff through grinding. don’t just put up a pay wall with a sign that says deal with it.

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        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 22, 2015 at 07:51

          I agree.

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      • Krabby Paddy

        May 22, 2015 at 07:50

        Unfortunately in today’s world it seems people want instant gratification. Having to work to get something? Where is the fun in that? Sad, as working your way up to that awesome car was one of the things that made the NFS games fun to play in my opinion.

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        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 22, 2015 at 07:51

          Exactly. They even did that with GRID 2. (RIP RaceDriver series)
          I suppose we’ll wait and see. Maybe EA really is listening to its customers.

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          • Hammersteyn

            May 22, 2015 at 07:55

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 07:55

            LOL
            XD

          • Krabby Paddy

            May 22, 2015 at 07:55

            I really do hope so, but I’ve been hoping for quite sometime now, but this song is what pops into my head instead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABi2DqNbYYE

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 07:55

            Oh Nightwish, you magnificent thing.

          • WitWolfy

            May 22, 2015 at 08:21

            … You just went full retard… Never go full retard…

            EA is the master of over hyping their games… Never forget that.

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 08:22

            I said “maybe” damn it!
            Doesn’t my uncertainty mean anything anymore?

          • WitWolfy

            May 22, 2015 at 08:34

            LOL that made my day.

          • Captain JJ Browman

            May 22, 2015 at 08:39

            XD

        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 22, 2015 at 07:55

          Indeed. No wonder so many divorces and affairs are had

          Reply

        • Aries

          May 22, 2015 at 10:05

          And no microtransaction, buy this GTR for R500 and you just start the game bullshit

          Reply

  4. Captain JJ Browman

    May 22, 2015 at 07:47

    “All footage captured in game”
    O_O

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 22, 2015 at 07:49

      Yeah, pull the other one

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      • Captain JJ Browman

        May 22, 2015 at 07:50

        All “highly edited” footage captured in game ?

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 22, 2015 at 07:54

          With one of those rendering beasts they use to do the Pixar/Dreamworks movies?

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 22, 2015 at 07:50

        lol

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    • Krabby Paddy

      May 22, 2015 at 08:06

      Downgraded graphics coming Fall 2015. Although to expect the same graphics from the first very polished released videos is just silly and gullible.

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    • CypherGate

      May 22, 2015 at 14:24

      Most probably just a well in-game rendered cut scene. Doubt realtime.

      Reply

  5. CuddlesaurusRex

    May 22, 2015 at 07:47

    Need for speed was always the one racing game I could depends on for old fashioned racing fun. It wasn’t a technical simulator or realistic but thats what made it awesome. You could “drive” all your favourite cars and make them look purdy in an arcade racer environment. I really hope they go back to that formula.

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 22, 2015 at 07:48

      Nice, this I like

      Reply

    • Hammersteyn

      May 22, 2015 at 07:51

      Agreed, dat pearlescent, matte and metallic paints. So purdy

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      • CuddlesaurusRex

        May 22, 2015 at 08:12

        And I remember at one point you could even put sound in you car! hahaha. Hit some 12′ subs boet! Like shweet hey!

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 22, 2015 at 08:16

          I have very fond memories of that game

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          • CuddlesaurusRex

            May 22, 2015 at 08:20

            It was most awesome! I remember how bad ass you could make the Mustang GT500 look with the right body kit, a matte black paint job and some red accents… Handled like shit but I felt like a right Mad Max driving that beast around.

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 22, 2015 at 09:53

            if the new one does allow us to play with body kits, it probably wont provide so many options :<

          • CuddlesaurusRex

            May 22, 2015 at 13:11

            Perhaps but all I want is that free flow arcade experience again. They lost that somewhere along the way.

        • Gr8_Balls_o_KFM_Fire

          May 22, 2015 at 17:32

          That was Need for Speed, Charou Edition.

          Set in Blue Lagoon an’ all ekse

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    • Skoobaz

      May 22, 2015 at 08:48

      The original Most Wanted

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    • Matthew Holliday

      May 22, 2015 at 09:33

      i have faith.
      dat hip hop at the end of the trailer and that bright green porsche.
      the lack of regular production cars in that makes me a bit nervous though, the nissan skyline is still the quintessential need for speed car. its time for an upgrade…

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      • Aries

        May 22, 2015 at 10:03

        Any GT-R is quintessential, best car for modifying and that 350z and 370z for drifting or the 240sx, either one or all of them

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        • Matthew Holliday

          May 22, 2015 at 10:06

          350z is also due for an upgrade, that was around in underground 1 or 2 aswell.

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          • Aries

            May 22, 2015 at 10:09

            the 370z is the upgrade, but you cant replace a classic in the modifying world, plus that car is a beast

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 22, 2015 at 10:30

            the 370z wasnt a good upgrade, the funny lights absaloutly killed its character. could never take that car seriously.

          • Aries

            May 22, 2015 at 10:49

            I actually like it, seen a few around and at first I didnt like it but seeing it in real life was something different and I was in one never drove it myself but got around to liking it

          • Matthew Holliday

            May 22, 2015 at 12:13

            some cars grew on me, like the new ford fiesta design, didnt like that at first either, but the 370z just never did…
            im sure its a good car, just doesnt scream “need for speed icon” for me.

  6. Martin du preez (D4RKL1NGza)

    May 22, 2015 at 07:55

    Karretjie gamez. YAAAAWWWN. Where’s my new Burnout? Those games were fun. *ques Paradise city by Guns & Roses*

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 22, 2015 at 07:56

      EA killed them.

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    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 22, 2015 at 07:58

      *queues (I’m just doing it before Admiral does)
      Man I loved that Burnout Paradise. But it is nice to see some real car brands in an arcade game every once in a while, which is what makes NFS fun.

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      • Martin du preez (D4RKL1NGza)

        May 22, 2015 at 08:00

        Correcting someone’s grammar online is like putting a bow tie on A PIECE OF SHIT.

        :p

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 22, 2015 at 08:10

          *Spelling

          And are you saying you are a turd?

          😛

          Reply

        • Captain JJ Browman

          May 22, 2015 at 08:20

          Did you read that @Admiral Chief’s Adventure:disqus ?
          He’s dissing you! 😉

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    • beaumont

      May 22, 2015 at 22:44

      No just No they started making nfs too much like burnout.

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  7. WitWolfy

    May 22, 2015 at 08:20

    EA’s hype doesn’t entice me AT ALL! I’ve been burned too many times…

    Reply

  8. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 22, 2015 at 08:22

    Did they try switching a car off & on again?

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    • Captain JJ Browman

      May 22, 2015 at 08:23

      Maybe that’s what Eskom is trying with loadshedding. Hoping it’ll fix the problem.

      Reply

  9. WitWolfy

    May 22, 2015 at 08:27

    EA, the pay to win developer and/or buy more DLC to get the “FULL” experience company.

    Reply

  10. Allykhat

    May 22, 2015 at 08:30

    Ok so…
    Not looking at the graphics because this is a scripted video. Ill start hyping up the shinies once I see gameplay.
    As for this “reboot” business. If they make it anything like the last Most Wanted I wont touch this with a 10 foot barge pole. If they actually make the game as a bastard love child of Underground 2 and THE ONE AND ONLY Most Wanted, I will pre order this so fast my wallet won’t know what hit it.

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  11. PsyKo

    May 22, 2015 at 08:37

    I want this to work so badly it hurts. But the last game, Rivals, on PC was LOCKED at 30 fps because the framerate was somehow tied directly into the graphics engine. FPS above or below 30 would cause the game to lag so badly it was unplayable. Absolutely no AntiAliasing either. So a racing game, released in 2014 by one of the biggest publishers in the world, ran horribly and looked even worse on max settings. Get it right you baboons at EA

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  12. SmurFyZA

    May 22, 2015 at 08:38

    This isn’t nearly enough for me to make a call. I’m a huge NFS fanboy and am proud to say that I have finished all of the NFS’s since Underground, but lately the series has been weak. Project Cars set a new standard for me so it is going to take a lot to get me to like this new NFS.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      May 22, 2015 at 09:25

      its NFS, theyr nothing if not consistant.
      graphics are good, cars will probably handle well for a casual racer, drift all the corners etc. all depends on how much they simplify the game over the original series.

      project cars is a VERY different game to NFS, formal track racing vs fun street drifting are like two totally different games.

      from what Ive tried of project cars, i didnt like the handling, a friend has it on pc and doesnt have a controller or steering wheel and that game is just completely unplayable on keyboard.

      not sure this is a title id preorder, but its one il most likely get close to launch.

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      • SmurFyZA

        May 22, 2015 at 09:33

        Yes there is a difference, track racing vs illegal street racing, but that doesn’t mean they cant learn from Project Cars. Maybe you should try it on console or with a controller on PC before you say you don’t like the handling. Its realistic, some cars are sensitive, others handle like boats. You can’t take NFS mentality and try to bolt 150km/h around a corner and expect the car to stick.

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        • Matthew Holliday

          May 22, 2015 at 09:42

          ofcourse you cant bolt round corners, ive played enough formal racers and spent enough time on actual tracks to tell the difference between the two. thus my comment on “casua racers” and “drift all the corners”
          i meant that the steering was too slow, the actual turning rate of the wheel, and a game that is unplayable on standard PC equipment shouldnt be a thing.

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      • Aries

        May 22, 2015 at 10:01

        Played Project cars with controller, very technical game to master, especially with those pressure sensitive triggers, had to concentrate alot to get the car around for a few laps and even then it wasn’t perfect but the game is solid, just needs more cars for me

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  13. Peter Pan

    May 22, 2015 at 08:39

    Sorry, but I am not excited!

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  14. Hendrik

    May 22, 2015 at 08:55

    Off topic. Has anyone ever clicked on these “weird trick to destroy diabetes” or “Buffet admits this is a real threat” ads? I know it is bullshit, but has anyone had the guts to click on it?

    Reply

  15. HairyEwok

    May 22, 2015 at 09:04

    If you read real carefully at the end of that video it says it’s all captured in-game…. in-game engine that is so the odds of you actually getting that graphics will be dependent on the size of your wallet.

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  16. Aries

    May 22, 2015 at 09:57

    Watch how that video and the actual game compares, but here is me hoping that the game lives up to NFS Underground 1 and 2, please be as good or better, otherwise they can keep there game

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  17. PoisonedBelial

    May 22, 2015 at 10:28

    I want NFS – Underground 2 style to be brought back kicking and screaming.
    That was THE best NFS. Hands down.

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  18. PointMan

    May 22, 2015 at 10:33

    Give me undergounds modding with most wanted’s cops and maybe carbons tier/class system then i’ll consider a nfs game again.

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  19. CypherGate

    May 22, 2015 at 14:23

    My crew is on fire…

    Reply

  20. Avi

    May 22, 2015 at 14:28

    ucks thats… a trailer uucks no
    fucks no

    Reply

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