Need for Speed: Shift dev's next game a free-to-play MMO racer

World of Speed coming to PC this year from Slightly Mad Studios; free-to-play business model will be "fair," developer says.

Need for Speed: Shift developer Slightly Mad Studios today announced World of Speed, a new massively multiplayer online racing title coming to PC this year as a free-to-play game.

World of Speed, not to be confused with Slightly Mad's other racing game Project CARS, features an "endless" garage of cars and true-to-life tracks from courses around the world. Players can also participate in team-based game modes as well as various live events.

Creative director Andy Tudor told GameSpot as part of our newly published preview that World of Speed will not put any content behind a paywall "because that's completely obvious." On top of this, Tudor said it is important that players who elect to not pay do not feel like they're at a disadvantage compared to someone who has.

"Do it fair and don't ever let the player feel like they're being cheated because someone has paid," Tudor said about World of Speed's business model. "It's not rocket science. You can go all the way through the entire game to the highest level without spending a penny at all."

Following the official launch of World of Speed this fall, players can expect a "continuous" supply new content like cars, tracks, game types, and features. It's all part of Slightly Mad's vision for the project to be more of a platform than a singular game.

A closed beta for World of Speed will go live this spring, and you can sign up through the game's website today for a chance to take part in the pre-release trial period. World of Speed will be published worldwide by My.com, operator of free-to-play games like Jungle Heat and Poker Arena, among others.

For more on World of Speed, be sure to read GameSpot's preview.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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LordCrash88
LordCrash88

F2P can be fun if implemented correctly. Path of Exile already proved that. We'll have to wait and see how this will turn out... ;)

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

Well, the payment model sounds fair. But when they have the amazing looking project CARS coming this year, why is this necessary ?

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

See what those "AAA" studios did to the term "free to play" ? Everybody is all of a sudden an expert on the matter after only hearing those 3 words.

How about focusing on games that did "free to play" right, like "Path of Exile" and the recently released "Loadout" (among others) for example, which are absolutely perfectly fine playable for free without spending a single cent of real world money while also not getting in the player's face with real money transactions.

They offer such an awesome / fun experience that they basically make me want to support them out of my own free will.


The contrast to that is of course the "big studios" pure greed version of it, hiding every little bit behind a paywall and shoving real world money transfers to speed up progress in the player's face at every possible opportunity - This is the version of "free to play" to hate, not the above mentioned one that actually tries to earn the players respect.


As for the game itself, well, it looks like it has very simple physics, no damage model, invisible walls, very arcady driving model, having to memorize some "secret shortcuts" and be targetet at the "casual gamer" crowd and it's online only, so definitively not a game for me.

If they can actually pull it off in a fair way, without treating the potential customer like a money dispenser, then they'll at least be doing the "free to play" part of it right.

Wish01
Wish01

Will be called Need For Speed Most Wanted - your money.

How much will this "free" to play cost for the whole experience? $1000? Maybe I am underestimating.

xilmad
xilmad

The Crew still looks better.

koospetoors
koospetoors

"Free2Play"


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"MMO"


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Gopstop22
Gopstop22

are there still idiots who actualy bought other parts after most wanted? like seriously?

jZangetsu21
jZangetsu21

NFS World sucks, this will probably suck too. We haven't had a decent NFS game since the first Most Wanted.


Besides, there is no way this will be able to beat The Crew.

sakaixx
sakaixx

is the world of speed a new NFS MMO ? then what happened to need for speed world ?

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

Free to play, MMO, racing, and (I'm assuming?) EA? BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!no


Forza didn't even get it right and that has an entry fee...


BTW, I just farted, can we make that into an MMO too?!!?

Revenant_K
Revenant_K

So...how much I have to pay to actually enjoy the game?

PetJel
PetJel

f2p racing mmo; this is gonna be the biggest lagfest ever. even if your own connection is good most people I found that play f2p games have horrible pc's and connections. not always true, but it seems to be a pretty solid link.

WereCatf
WereCatf

Expect the simplest visual modifications to cost $10, new cars to cost $20, and more garage-space for more cars to cost $40.

ElvinasD
ElvinasD

When will they stop making crappy nfs games and release Underground sequel? Most recent nfs games barely let you do anything to your car. What happened with all the customization options to modify hell out of your car?

jk12324
jk12324

All these racing games are just the same.

megakick
megakick

I can buy VIRTUAL cars with REAL MONEY? SIGN ME UP!!!

cirugo
cirugo

a racer and "free to play".  that's two strikes for me.

quakke
quakke

What? True to form Racing game? Friggin awesome.

aborgraffiti
aborgraffiti

Project Cars and The Crew look way cooler but it's free so I'll probably end up playing it at least a little bit.

hadlee73
hadlee73

They developed Need for Speed: Shift, so we have to accept the possibility that these guys were infected by EA.

Eza08
Eza08

Every day i hear about another f2p mmo that is coming out. And another one i will never play.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

no wounder Project CARS is taking forever. They keep making other things. 

BigBossWato
BigBossWato

Screw this game I want to play the Crew. 

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

Don't care. Free-to-Play is a waste of time. Get in line behind the rest of the devs who plan to lose their shirt switching to this garbage format. Few games do it right.. and even less are successful.

playstationzone
playstationzone

I dont care this one free and want to say that will see a lot mmo this gen.

Majkic666
Majkic666

Dont they already have a F2P MMO NFS game? whats the point of a second one when the first already sucks?

GIF
GIF

Im sick of Free To Play and the monetization of gameplay in videogames. If you pay you can advance. If you pay you can get an advantage. I boycott all game publishers and developers that support this.

StHapns247
StHapns247

When I woke up the first thing I thought was "I wish I had a FTP racing MMO to waste my time and money on." Lo and behold, here we are...

Metaw
Metaw

Scroll down just a liiiiittle bit and there's ANOTHER article telling us about this game. Now I see where the Anti-Gamespot "journalism" stems from.

press-play
press-play

ftp..dont like the consept..i dont think yhe game garners the same respect as a regular game weather retail or digital..

pez2k_
pez2k_

@---Cipher--- No relation to EA whatsoever, it's actually in competition with their title NFS World.

pez2k_
pez2k_

@ElvinasD This isn't a NFS game, it's an independent title competing with NFS World.

West123
West123

@jk12324  lies but then again you don't like cars and you don't enjoy driving...why because gt and forza are completely different in the same why bf and cod are different 

deadpen
deadpen

@cirugo  mmo.....  There is three.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

@Majkic666  This is being done by members of the old NFS team that started their own company, so its supposed to compete with NFS World. I'm not really sure how well that game is doing, but it's still kicking, and ir probably doesn't take that many real money car purchases to fund it. Cars can go for 100 bucks on their store once you convert their currency, which is hard to find out without joining the game, as its all hidden behind the log-in wall. 

Riddick123
Riddick123

@Metaw  It stems from other web sites' articles.  Especially if Sir Edward posts the story.