Need for Speed World flags down 1 million

EA's online racing game hits platinum point, opens up upper levels of microtransaction-driven game; new co-op pursuit mode incoming.

Last January, Electronic Arts announced it was splitting its Need for Speed series into three subfranchises. One of those was Need for Speed World, an online, free-to-play street racing game featuring licensed cars and parts.

This image is NFSW.

Today, EA announced that the game, codeveloped by EA Black Box and EA Singapore, has accumulated 1 million registered users since its launch on July 27. To celebrate--and draw in more players--EA is opening up the game's formerly premium upper levels. Previously, players could play for free only until they reached level 10. Those seeking a deeper experience had to buy the $20 Need for Speed World Starter Pack to be granted access to level 50.

Now, players will have access to all the features in the pack except the $20 worth of speedboost, Need for Speed World's in-game currency. Players can buy speedboost to accelerate their level progression, purchase power-ups and parts, double experience periods, and even rent and buy cars.

EA also said that it will soon be adding a host of new features to the game, including a co-op pursuit mode and a new region to race in. Also in store are more cars and a deeper vehicle customization mode.

NFSW has 150 miles of in-game road to traverse, including NFS: Most Wanted's Rockport locale and NFS: Carbon's Palmont city streets, as well as a full day/night cycle. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's latest look at the game.

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AceKarsh
AceKarsh

Co-op pursuit? Its about freakin time! =D

ejected
ejected

For beta I thought the game is pretty decent. When I heard there were power ups and special abilities, I kind of turned away. But the way they set it up is actually pretty nice, nothing too overpowered. I do hope that we are able to do further car customization in the future. Again, for Beta its pretty good, brings back NFS Most Wanted memories lol

Lichachron
Lichachron

Well good game but magnet and things like that ruin the game

gbrading
gbrading moderator

I must confess I didn't even know Need for Speed World had been released. That was why I thought Hot Pursuit was coming back.

M3ran
M3ran

NFS is out of gaming industry and it is trying to keep up,i think they arent gonna make it.

rarson
rarson

I wish this game was Motor City Online. That game was much better, and I'd rather pay a small monthly fee to have a complete game than deal with stupid "microtransactions".

peterruskov
peterruskov

"1 million registered users since its launch on July 27" If there is 5% of them who pay the 20$ for this game,EA should open the champagne and celebrate.

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

I think this game is really good! It's just like those old PS2/Xbox era NFS games.

amaan4ever
amaan4ever

being a pc gamer and nfs fan his game went unnoticed to me

eriktkire
eriktkire

so now it really is free? I don't see this article outright say you can level to 50 without paying a cent. This was implied during the beta and then they came up with the "free trial" system while still claiming its free to play... AND this thing is still heavily in beta mode. I'm guessing this is their attempt to make up for many of those 1 million accounts that were abandoned when people hit level 10... and you can bet they'll fish for ways to milk the player base again... new set of cars available from the dealer? Boost purchase only... unless enough people just stop playing, then it'll become free. This news has got to feel like a total rip off to those that were gullible enough to buy the Starter Kit.

BK-Sleeper
BK-Sleeper

Please, a deeper customization system. NFSW as a racing game is absolutely horrendous. Since when did body kits = more power? This is like an online version of 2 Fast, 2 Furious.

blackace
blackace

leo_andres_21 wow. I never knew this game was already released. ***************************************************************** Neither did I. I'll have to check it out as well as the Tiger Woods online golf game. I just want to see if it's any good or not. I don't usually like micromoney games like this. ============================================= DrKill09 Meh, I think I'll wait for NFS Hot Pursuit 3 instead. **************************************************************** Yeah.. that's what I'm talking about. I'm hoping it's as good as the ones that were on the PS2. Those games were fun and taking out the cops was a blast.

the22for4
the22for4

will i think thats good step to change my mined on it (for 1.0 to 10) maybe .....

Giga_Surfer
Giga_Surfer

Some of the stuff said in this article are not accurate, and you guys call that journalism, did you even bother to check? 1. You cannot buy parts with Speed Boost. 2. You can not get double exp/Rep, you can only get a 25% Money/Rep Boost for 3 days at a time. 3. Buy cars with speed boost? What are you crazy, no you cannot buy cars only rent them with Speed Boost. /FACEPALM

leo_andres_21
leo_andres_21

wow. I never knew this game was already released.

Sniper
Sniper

You could buy NFS Most Wanted and Carbon for the same price as the World Starter Pack, and just enjoy yourself without all the grinding and micro-transaction scams.

kweeni
kweeni

K cool. And now EA tell us, how many of those 1 million are active?

evaneself
evaneself

companies are focusing so much on massively multiplayer to justify that you must be permanently connected to Internet and is a measure against piracy. Theoretically, but practically it is against those who buy. Basically the game is not yours, all of their remains. You only pay to play as long as they want.

Bigsteve3570
Bigsteve3570

I've been playing this game for a bit. For a free game it isn't bad. Actually, it captures the feel and speed of the old need for speed games. -Biggest issue this game has (which is just annoying when you have amazing mmos like WoW) is the lag 24/7. Always latency issues. Servers suck.

Alex_Thomson
Alex_Thomson

Is it just me or does it feel like almost every classic gaming series is launching some sort of massively multiplayer, free-to-play game these days? It makes me a little bit worried that this is what game companies are focusing on so much...

noxprexx
noxprexx

EA hits the bottom with this game

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I didn't even know this was out(?) :? I'll give it a try tonight when I get home, but I'm not expecting much after the comments on here. Still, if it's free, got nothing to lose

jamyskis
jamyskis

@AzatiS You've just hit jackpot on the number one marketing tactic of F2P games - publishers inflating the success of the title by stating how many "registered" users there are. Many won't say how many "active" players there are. I've not tried it myself, but I know plenty of people who have. They installed it, played it for about half an hour, then dropped it again.

AzatiS
AzatiS

Yeah , it hit 1million subscribe , but better tell us whats the exact number of active gamers than total Subs. And i assure you , number is WAAAAAAAAY lower than 1million. Game is low.... I tried for 10 days. Bad game , Period.

DahLong
DahLong

it's free, so i'll give it a try. hope it's not bad.

icepop4who
icepop4who

A free game that only has 1 million users? I played it and it was horrible. I don't think I ever seen a game in the last decade where 30 cars can clip through each other in a single point.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Meh, I think I'll wait for NFS Hot Pursuit 3 instead.

Col-Struckin
Col-Struckin

All need for speeds that do not have cops suck!!!!1

params7
params7

Game sucks. Wait for the new Hot Pursuit which should at least be decent even though its looking like a Burnout Paradise clone.

HQ-almighty
HQ-almighty

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VixTain
VixTain

Well, they unlocked the level progression, but you're still going to pay a bunch if you want to play for a while, seeing as how every single car after your first one costs real money to purchase.

BallisstiXXX
BallisstiXXX

It's free to play, but costs money to level up and unolck anything worth a damn. Typical of EA.

mightEone
mightEone

Bring back the old formula. NEED FOR SPEED is dead

Evenios
Evenios

nod bad! Its not boring! i think the control's are good. its not as bad as some free online games...just needs moar. :p

BloodMist
BloodMist

If you're looking for the most boring racing game in history, look no further.I doubt more than a few thousand of those registered users have actually felt paying anything for this was worth it.

athenian29
athenian29

Sounds good. The $20 entry point had me worried, but now I'm all for it.