Following 2012's successful Most Wanted, EA has announced this year's installment of the Need for Speed franchise. Need for Speed Rivals will hit shelves on November 19th. And it looks like Ferraris are making a comeback to the modern Need for Speed series. Read on for all we know about the game so far!
The game, powered by the Frostbite 3 engine, is currently under development by EA's Ghost Games studio, with talent from Criterion. It'll incorporate characteristics of the last two Need for Speed games - Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted. Redview County is the name of the open world this time and you'll have the option to play as either a racer or cop. Car customization will be present this time around, allowing you to tweak paintjobs, custom license plates, liveries, decals, rims, and performance upgrades.
Multiplayer includes the Autolog we've come to know, as well as a new co-op feature known as AllDrive, in which players can drive in each others' worlds and play based on their friends' progress in the game. Each next gen console will enable exclusive interactions not available on the other. As for the PC version, EA declined to comment on whether it'll be more like the current or next gen console versions. They did, however, say that it would look "easily as good" as the next gen versions.
Ferraris have long been the glaring omission from modern Need for Speed games, with their last appearance being in 2002's Hot Pursuit 2 (not counting the Ferrari Racing Series DLC for NFS: Shift). From the trailers and screenshots we've seen so far, here's a list of cars that are confirmed to be in the game.
- Ferrari F12 Berlinetta [racer]
- 2012 Aston Martin Vanquish [racer]
- Porsche 911 GT3 (991) [racer]
- 2013 Koenigsegg Agera R [police]
- Nissan GT-R Black Edition (pre-order exclusive) [police]
The game will be supported on both the current gen consoles and next gen consoles, with a November 19th date for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions and a "later this year" timeframe for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.