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."

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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sortinghat
sortinghat

Does anybody know when EA will make arcade racing games for arcade cabinets?  I don't care if it's sit down or stand up just as long as I can pop in quarters to the Need for Speed vibe!

sortinghat
sortinghat

Yeah!  Cover up the earlier and better Need for Speed titles such as Porsche Unleashed and High Stakes!   They don't want to admit there was better level of detail despite the graphics not being as crisp as today's games.


I want my in car dashboard back and radio with real techno/rock music back!  Not this hip hop/rap music if you can even call it that which to me it''s just a bunch of noise and yes I turn the damn thing off!  I prefer the variety of the game sfx over the machine shop noise called Rap. 

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

Rivals is a pretty good Need for Speed game but its always online nature ruined that game for me. I would like to pause the game, leave and restart a race at any time. Please Ghost, spare some of us that just want to play offline. 


Oh yeah, i'm still waiting for a day when we can enjoy Porsche on other racing game franchises. Come on EA, unless you gonna make a new Porsche Unleashed, please share those sweet 918 Spyder and 911 GT3 RS to everyone.

sortinghat
sortinghat

@sensei_hEnRY Sorry but online and mobile is what the *big* industry leaders think everybody wants and EA only looks at what those big industry leaders say and not individual websites like this or Eye G N or if they do they  only  read the top headlines skimming thru them all which if the journalist is biased towards EA the headline may read "Need For Speed Ground Zero launch is a success!* without reading the further details so they walk to the bank assuming everybody must love them for looking at that headline and calling it *listening to the fans* since their goal is to restart the franchise again.  


Well of course the launch is a *success* because nobody  knows right away if the unique racing game is any good or if it's utter garbage and shouldn't even be called *Need For Speed*.    I hate it when anytime a game is launched journalists may label it a success or failure without giving a trial period of people playing it before saying anything opinionated. 



If the journalist is also biased against EA Games that headline may equally read "Need For Speed Ground Zero launch is utter failure the cat is out of the bag!"   Read for more details on the failure of NFSGZ!


If a journalist was honest that headline would read instead as " 2016 is finally here and Need For Speed Ground Zero is launched but is it all it's hyped up to be?"  Read to find out if it's the right game for you! 


Doing so EA themselves would likely click on that article to see what fans have to say due to the headlines not assuming anything about the game due to it's unusual appeal.


Headlines make all the talk in the world of important complicated big business decisions regardless of thefine details which is why they are paid the big bucks!




sortinghat
sortinghat

@sensei_hEnRY


That's why Microsoft screwed themselves with Windows 8 and had to release 8.1 because they assumed everybody would go for the phone model on a desktop and didn't realize many businesses held onto Win XP for as long as support allowed due to it's stable nature.


Windows 8.1 is actually great and you have much more content control then Windows 8 vanilla.  Dad who has used the Commodore 64 for serious work and migrated to Windows reluctantly what we figured out was Windows 8 is the Win 7 start screen splashed all over.


When you click on *Start* you have the recent list of programs you just used show up first and that's what Windows 8 tile screen is suppose to represent but MS not only failed to train salesman in how to use it but also failed to allow any customization to it so instead of YOU'RE programs being shown it is Microsoft junk being shown asking you to sign in to use any of it.


Win 8.1 not only can you customize the tiles the way you want it but there is a little carrot added that lets you see ALL of the programs/features that are in the machine in almost a dir format wide. 


In hindsight I think Win 7 should have been like 8.1 straight from the get go skipping 7 and skipping 8 all together.    I would really like Win 98 type layout again with backwards compatibility for sound blaster 16 games!

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.

sortinghat
sortinghat

@ddogbritt16 "In my opinion the best Need For Speed game is Need For Speed 1."  There I edited it for you!  

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

sortinghat
sortinghat

@EPaul I didn't know cars drove underground but okay.  Learn something new everyday!

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...

Pupchu
Pupchu

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

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.

sortinghat
sortinghat

@BumbiSit I think the next NFS game should be called Ground Zero as an attempt to start over.

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.

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.

dimpoblimpo
dimpoblimpo

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

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 

PETERAKO
PETERAKO

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

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!

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.

justinneveritt
justinneveritt

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

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...