Need for Speed skips 2014; first year without one in over a decade

EA reveals it won't put out a new Need for Speed until 2015 to allow time for an "extended development window."

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Last year's Need for Speed Rivals

When you think of franchises released annually, you might only think of games like Madden and Call of Duty, but a new Need for Speed has come out each and every year for even longer than Call of Duty has existed. Now, for the first time since 2001, Need for Speed will skip a year as developer Ghost Games takes its time in creating the newest entry in the series.

As part of EA's report to investors today, the company revealed Need for Speed developer Ghost Games is being given time for an "extended development window" to work on the next game in the series, which will not be released until next year.

Expanding on that, Ghost Games GM Marcus Nilsson shared a statement on Need for Speed's website pledging to deliver the game fans want. "We are already deep in development on our next game and want to make this promise to you: we will listen to you. We're going to give you the game you've been asking for. It will be the game you deserve, but to do that will take us some time," he said.

Nilsson talked up the new game coming in 2015, describing it as "highly innovative" and an "experience built on a foundation we know you'll greatly look forward to."

Just because the game won't be out until next year doesn't mean Ghost plans to go silent. "From now on, you'll be hearing from us regularly because we need your help to shape the future of Need for Speed," Nilsson explained. "We want your input on future gameplay and features we know you're passionate about. We will keep innovating, always making sure to continue the celebration of cars and the joy they bring."

Need for Speed's streak of annual releases extends back to the '90s if you count the spinoff games. In 2001, EA released MMO racing game Motor City Online (which was at one time a Need for Speed game) in lieu of an official Need for Speed title. A year later, it released Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, kicking off a trend of releasing a proper Need for Speed game annually up through last year, when it released Need for Speed Rivals.

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Discussion

102 comments
daddygame21
daddygame21

PLEASE DO UNDERGROUND 3!!!!! Its about time!!!!

ddogbritt16
ddogbritt16

In my opinion the best Need for Speed game is Need for Speed Underground 1.

Bumblebee1138
Bumblebee1138

It's funny considering this is the 20th anniversary of NFS and they have no game to deliver. Not complaining about how they are taking time to make a better game but still. ;)

BertrandRG
BertrandRG

Yeah!!! thank to god, we don't get a NFS game this year. I remember the old NFS 1-2-3, each game was great with new changes, but now,....  each version is play the same track 20 times because you have 20 cars... oh sry... I forgot something, 20 time plus if you are playing it on back track format.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Dear EA, 


Since ya not gonna release a new need for speed game until next year might i advise you take the opportunity to revive the Road Rash series for all platforms!!! because i'm pretty certain most people would agree that you should revive this franchise since it's long overdue. lol

EPaul
EPaul

somethin something Underground 3 something something something

Pr0ving4Gr0undz
Pr0ving4Gr0undz

I hope rockstar announces a new midnight club soon. 

Chatch09
Chatch09

I really liked the Shift series, especially Shift 2 Ex. Hopefully the next one is the 3rd.

GinsuVictim
GinsuVictim

I haven't cared for the series since the last one I really enjoyed....NFS III: Hot Pursuit (PSX, PC)

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Haven't heard much about Criterion Games recently. Hope this means they have been working on a next-gen Burnout title...

micheljordon
micheljordon

Alright! Have to wait for the Game, because they're amazing  ;)

BumbiSit
BumbiSit

It would be very exciting to see a next-gen game like old NFS games with high car customization.

snaketus
snaketus

That's good news! They have been complete shit in whole last decade. Previous remotely good one was Carbon and Pro Street was decent other than those two last deace = SHIT! Almost forgot, but the firs Shift was ok too. But all these Criterion crap was shit and the latest.

dimpoblimpo
dimpoblimpo

give us another need for speed underground, a true next gen car customizing racing game and watch the sales 

shinjuki
shinjuki

NEEDS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE KINECT BEING ABLE TO READ THE CONTROLLER LIKE A WHEEL. PRECISION.

salmanbabri
salmanbabri

I wish they could develop something similar to NFS Porsche Unleashed, where you had an evolution mode from 1950s to 2000s. And then we used to have complete control over our cars. Very customizable car parts, gear ratios, tire pressure & so on.

lewishim666
lewishim666

I am so glad to hear this. Even though I have liked all of the NFSs so far I really think this is a good idea. This way we can get a NFS that offers so  much more then what we've been getting. My favorite NFS of all time was High Stakes and right behind that was the original Most Wanted. I really hope they go back to doing a really deep NFS like High Stakes, Most Wanted or the Underground games. I really miss those NFSs with huge open worlds with tons of customization. Being able to make your car unique to your style is so much more fun then just unlocking the cars themselves. With games like The Crew and Driveclub coming out they really need to step up their game. I will buy it anyway but now I really have high hopes. I can't wait.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

hot pursuit was the last NFS I bought. it was nice though a bit repetetive, but then it hit me like a pickup truck hitting a fox when I "finished" the game only to discover it doesn't finish. Then we have the run which is sort as hell(2 and a half assed hours to finish, fortunately I played it at an internet station), the new Most wanted which is essentially a reskinned, hot pursuitesque burnout paradise, and rivals which is more hot pursuitesque racing. Their multiplayer focus, besides stinking with EA's DRM scemes, can make the game useless after a year. 


Needless to say I lost interest, though I wish to be surprised.

Earthen80
Earthen80

Am I the only one who really liked NFS Shift? If they made a game like shift with the same physics, cockpit views and awesome sense of speed, but with customization and street racing I would buy it. Imagine a semi-realistic street racer with a cockpit view and maybe an open world, the idea is fantastic and certainly doable.

rskueem
rskueem

lol fear of the crew.

91210user
91210user

I haven't played Need for Speed Rivals yet despite having it. I'm still into Most Wanted and NFS: World has got me playing for a long time aswell 

wexorian
wexorian

They do awffull games good that they are shelfing it at least 1 year

Wistful_Gamer
Wistful_Gamer

That's because not one would buy it. There are a lot of other anticipated racing games coming out this year. The Crew, Driverclub,  Project CARS, GRID: Autosport, Next Car Game and more. There is no place for a same-as-last-year NFS.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

ARE?......ARE EA learning do you think? I might support this game on principle.

R4gn4r0k
R4gn4r0k

About time. Rivals was rushed and came out in a terrible state. Many other NFS games have been rushed as well.

The games could really use a longer development time.

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

Good decission, the market has to many racing games this year. I don't play that genre much, but even I can name many: Project Cars, the Crew, Driveclub, Forza, next car game.

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

Just make underground 3..

JachAnen
JachAnen

Hell must be freezing over, with EA not releasing a NFS game yearly, canceling C&C because some people criticized it and on top of that, Marvel doesn't want to make bad movie games which is why an Avengers game never released.
This is a scary (but potentially wonderful) time to be a gamer.

Ice-Cube
Ice-Cube

"We will listen to you", how many times have I heard that?..

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

good. they're probably making a different nfs seeing as they all tried to copy burnout and sucked harder and harder. rivals didn't even have wheel support. wtf man

theshortgiraffe
theshortgiraffe

does this mean theres a new one in production that wont release next year or there is none in production at all?????

cause this is only good news if they actually take time to roll out a new one.....


Pupchu
Pupchu

@PixelAddict I have fear EA might absorb Criterion into one of their other studios "for financial reasons". :\

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

@snaketus  Criterion was brought in to fix was was terrible. Criterion was probably the best thing to happen to the series, in fact.

But, to each his own.

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

@91210user  World? wouldn't play it even if its the last game left on the planet. below average.

justinneveritt
justinneveritt

Wow, didn't realize the number was THAT big... And I'm looking forward to all of those! Ha!

dimpoblimpo
dimpoblimpo

@SIDEFX1  this is what they should have stuck too... are people really that in to rivals and hot pursuits and shifts and whatever else they got going.

justinneveritt
justinneveritt

I wouldn't mind revisiting Underground. I think that a night time, open city, neon infused, street racing game might be the shot in the arm that the NFS series needs! Plus, since we haven't seen Midnight Club for a while, it's an area in the genre not currently filled. Maybe The Crew's Las Vegas will do the trick if not!

91210user
91210user

@PETERAKO @91210user  I'm almost done 500 days playing the Treasure hunt on one of my accounts in World! I can't wait to get my car prize pack as a reward!

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

@justinneveritt I wish they went for Blur style. With the emphasis on realistic or huge open world games I think focusing on goofy, more compact game could do the trick


Make a futuristic neon city, split it into small tracks and combat arenas, add weapons, ability to drive on walls and a boostdrift system that requires skill like in the best kart racers.

justinneveritt
justinneveritt

That's just it, I normally don't! But so many of them look like fun this year! Really hoping The Crew has a Driver SF feel to it...