Need for Speed: World beta revs up

Electronic Arts gives players an early chance to try out massively multiplayer online racer, full release set for summer.

Gamers looking to kick the tires on Electronic Arts' massively multiplayer online racing game Need for Speed: World are about to get their chance. Electronic Arts today announced a new round of closed beta testing for the game, inviting would-be players to sign up for a testing slot at the game's official Web site.

Need for Speed is racing to a PC near you.

While the game will let players compete online in standard Need for Speed drag, drift, and checkpoint races, it also adds a few tweaks to the series' formula. For example, a new power-up system will give players access to a number of new abilities, from turbo boosts to a "traffic magnet" that draws racers into a tight pack. There's even a power-up to add a lap to a race so lagging players have some extra time to catch up. The other big addition to the series is a stat-progression feature that lets players level up their cars as well as their drivers.

As with Tiger Woods Online (which recently entered open beta testing), EA has not nailed down pricing for Need for Speed: World yet. However, the publisher is expected to adopt a free-to-play model with basic content available from the outset and microtransactions spread liberally throughout the game.

Need for Speed: World is set for release this summer. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest preview.

[CORRECTION]: The original version of this story incorrectly referred to Need for Speed: World as a Web browser-based game. GameSpot regrets the error.

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54 comments
jakesnakeel
jakesnakeel

wow. Beta runs great, looks great, plays great with my xbox controller. Luckily I haven't had the bad experience others have. I found the game totally addicting. So many great races last night

Maximus3_R4V
Maximus3_R4V

And no more power ups and weapons in games! the vehicle is a weapon all by its self! this isnt Mario Kart!

Maximus3_R4V
Maximus3_R4V

I thought criterion was working with Need for Speed? and thats why the next burnouts taking so long... or maybe they were helping on a different game... i hope so cause this thing doesnt sound all too tempting, and on PC? seriously? NEW BURNOUT! NEW BURNOUT!

mmb43
mmb43

Been tyimg out the beta . cops chase's fun as hell.Once u get use to the keyboard. yes u can injoy this game on a keyboard.The city's looked cool Has a few bug's but it dose have a good look to it. Hope it as motor building in it. That is what made MCO the game. The way u setup your cars. From ground up. Thanks EA and the team's long live MCO

krllll
krllll

This beta is a joke right? Its like playing 1993 Ridge Racer. Looks like crap,runs like crap,keyboard controls for a racing game? I know its only a Beta but I expect nothing from this upcoming game. Just compare this pile of junk to Dirt 1 and 2 or GRID and laugh at how pathetic it is. MMO racing? Wait for TDU2!! That has a chance at being something great this rubbish does not.

mmb43
mmb43

I just like to see them bring back mco (motor city online). Upgrade a few things trun on the servers and start selling the Best racing game EA ever made.

raivoyo
raivoyo

U, U2, MW, Carbon and even Undercover were down to earth street race. Those who played them all will understand, and even those who played some and saw what they r doing to the game now, will know. Each year it gets worse and worse, talking about a game that no other racing type came close to. back when there was racing in closed areas it was NFS that stud out because of the Streets, COPS, Tuning(BTW did u notice that tuning had gone way down since U2?)

W3En
W3En

I haven't been keeping up with this games but I would think there would be micro-transactions. It would some what well for Battlefield Heroes

Franzkill
Franzkill

Seriously what is wrong with people? So for someone to ask a question 'Is this the Criterion developed NFS' that results in a thumbs down? Don't have to hound a guy/girl to the grounds just for not knowing which developer made a game, they suppose to be psychic or something? GEESH!

Vodoo
Vodoo

There needs to be a Twisted Metal-type MMO. If done properly, that'd be killer

CrazyBahal
CrazyBahal

there is not too much MMO Racing games and 90% of them are bad but this game is free and a NFS so its fun to play.

CrazyBahal
CrazyBahal

Im downloading the game right now I cant wait to play it tomorrow! after all its an free MMO Racing game and its fun to play.

thrice00
thrice00

Are you sure it will be free?? Anyway free or not. What fun do you have with arcade style, power up, no damage, and again destroying buildings with your 911 tank to stop police... Just sucks. Why can't they make a realistic game(not simulation) with real police chase not dump s*** like this.

Fladfisken
Fladfisken

Powerups??!? This game... what a joke. They had it nailed with MCO, then shot themselves in the head with ...I don't know... a howitzer?? They keeps this up and they can follow Interplay into the Grave of Former Greats.

mpeg3s
mpeg3s

EA always talk too much about pirates, instead of making games that consoles can't do. They do little to advance the art! I won't buy it if it can be done on a PS3 or 360. If it's web browsing the graphics will SUCK.

junor69
junor69

f u EA you have killed NFS many years ago, all they do now is push half finished crapy game every year at full price. They rushed the nfs shi(F)t just befor forza3 now they will rush this one just before GT5. NFS is dead. Best part is EA thinks people will pay to play this online hahah what a joke

smur1701
smur1701

Wow. Went to a dumb downed arcade racer from MCO, which was the last fun and intelligent game I have played from them racing wise, building from the ground up.

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

this has fail written all over it. Motor City Online v2.0 anyone?

blackace
blackace

I don't care much for microtransactions myself. If they make it like Test Drive with hundreds of different races with ways to level up and upgrade your cars with parts, decals, paints, etc... (like Forza 3) it might be good. They're going to need to combined the best of many race games to really make this worth playing. I agree that the cars need to handle realistically. I'm tired of the arcady over sensative steering and breaking. I didn't even get NFS: Shift. There better now be a month fee for this either.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

is this the Criterion-developed NFS?

codename-60091
codename-60091

jesus freaking christ!!!! i am going to hack the server badly!!! is time for revenge that i can manage!!!

mourad_essa
mourad_essa

looks great i hope it be a good step rather than nfs shift :S

Harerazer
Harerazer

Hot Pursuit 2 was the top of the mountain and EA missed the memo. I seriously doubt we'll ever get an HP3 now. sigh.

hamoksha0000
hamoksha0000

i have registered waiting for confirmation

Arther-la-Blunt
Arther-la-Blunt

Oh, how I miss Motor City Online. I'll be applying for the Beta as soon as I get home!

phantom1593
phantom1593

take it baaack please... gimme a hot pursuit 3! if u want get rif of the cut-scenes, of the story, even the free roam, all i want is stock exotic cars and lamborghini police cars on my tail. oh and i dont want that urban downtown racing, i wanna race on the seaside or on the top of a mountain, something like that. just take a look at hot pursuit 2 and you will know what i mean.

big-boss-91
big-boss-91

looks good, but monthly payment stinks

bluefire1360
bluefire1360

Lol like every NFS game that has came out lately pretty much sucked, but they always look really good.

thrice00
thrice00

DrKill09 Posted Mar 16, 2010 1:15 pm PT Looks like classic NFS is back! Good. NFS should never have gone the tuner rout (that's what Midnight Club is for), nor the ultra-realism rout (that's what Forza is for). Now after this, give me Hot Pursuit 3!!! **************** There nothing classic in this . What are you smoking??

gerber12
gerber12

Garbage NFS. It isn't even fun anymore.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Looks like classic NFS is back! Good. NFS should never have gone the tuner rout (that's what Midnight Club is for), nor the ultra-realism rout (that's what Forza is for). Now after this, give me Hot Pursuit 3!!! :D

Shardz7
Shardz7

I suppose we were about due for a NFS MMO...although, I drive like this in real life and really doesn't offer anything I can't experience for myself. As for anything that EA makes in a competitive game, I certainly hope they won't rely on Punkbuster to keep the script kiddies from cheating in this one. Time will tell I guess....

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

yawn. let me know when the criterion nfs is released

Hopkins_J
Hopkins_J

Need for Speed needs to go back to its roots.

Flip2Flow
Flip2Flow

I want Need for Speed: Underground 3! :(

kellqj
kellqj

need for speed porche 2000...

SpideR_CentS
SpideR_CentS

Not to sound like an **** but I have no interest in this. I hate microtransactions (except arcade games) and MMO. I would have much rather they did something like Test Drive.

guertt
guertt

They should do something like Rush(the first one) with extreme jump and no power ups...

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Remember Need for Speed 1? You know, the one where they based performance off the real car and stuff? Way back... waaaay waaaaay back? I look back at that, and wonder why they can't make another one that good. Seriously, Need For Speed has been pretty bad for a long time, this doesn't even resemble the original design of the game.

sonofcaine
sonofcaine

this is what they shoulda done ages ago, skipped all the NFS crap they've released lately and stuck to most wanted looks and feel, and then go online. stupid bosses of ea...

Miroku_of_Nite1
Miroku_of_Nite1

Remember Need For Speed: Motor City? A tad ahead of its time.

thrice00
thrice00

I tought they would made the game like test-drive unlimited but on a bigger MMO style. I don't like making speculation on a game not realesed but seriously i think this game will sucks Big Time..

wormins
wormins

wdf 0:50....omg soo youre gonna have magic sk1llz too?

deadlysilence82
deadlysilence82

god i'm getting so tired of need for speed games. they should make a new game of need for speed with a better story line like most wanted .