Need for Speed World grabs 5 million users

Electronic Arts' free-to-play racing game reaches new milestone; Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro available to rent in-game for free today through Saturday.

The population of Need for Speed World may not be planet-sized just yet, but it's enough to fill a pretty big city. EA today announced that the free-to-play PC racing game has registered 5 million users.

Need for Speed World launched last summer and quickly tallied 1 million users by early September. The game's registered base then zipped to 3 million in December. Unfortunately, the publisher did not note how many of the new 5 million figure are active registered accounts.

The Need for Speed World universe now stretches 5 million deep.

Need for Speed World offers gamers numerous vehicles to zip around in, but now there is a just-announced car featured in the title. The Audi A1 Clubsport Quattro--which was shown for the first time at the Wortherse Tour in Austria today--is now available in Need for Speed World as a free rental through Saturday.

Codeveloped by EA Black Box and EA Singapore, Need for Speed World launched last July. The title sports 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.

Need for Speed World is part of EA's Play4Free label, saddled up next to other games stemming from popular EA franchises like Battlefield and Dragon Age.

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boerescu
boerescu

R U F-ing kidding me ?! how the hell did this game gather that many users ! this is by far the worst NFS ever; along side with hot pursuit ! i know there are users that still enjoy arcade driving games but THIS ?! this is so childish, it's on a level i cannot even imagine it being measureable ! the only reason i tried it is because i love the world of tunned racers, but this game took my hype and destroyed it. i DID know it would be an arcade but not really on THIS level

random-bob
random-bob

I have an account, but my computer is too useless to be able to successfully run the game without crashing... So that's one more user off the list.

AzatiS
AzatiS

I was registered... I played 2 days. Game was... below mediocre... I count like a registered user as well , dont i? Well i have to play with it though since day 2. So 5M dot say much.. period

mjack70
mjack70

Looks alright, rather play midnight club LA.

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

first ive heard of this game, do like the series on xbox and will have to try this on PC

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

A work colleague of mine plays this and says he enjoys it quite a lot, though his involvement with it does make me smile... on starting to play it, he was explaining about how much fun he has and doesn't pay a dime for anything..... less than a week later, he had this depressed look on his face. "What's up?" I asked... "I'm skint" was his reply...."no money for lunch today, I've had to bring in sandwiches".... the reason? He'd spent thirty quid (yes, that's correct, the price of a full game just about!) over a few days on customising his car and got carried away.... he totally got sucked in. Sucker.

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Looks interesting, but from what I see on the web site, there's no gamepad support. That kills it for a console cowboy like me...

amirzaim
amirzaim

This game is pretty impressive, more better than hot pursuit 2. Suitable for low-end PCs which can't play hot pursuit with well.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

So is it a less customisable "Trackmania" or what? I didn't even know this existed and have to ask myself "Why does it even exist?"

Redbonk95
Redbonk95

Ha, I'd say 300k semi active accounts is high. Tons of people registered when it came out, but were very disappointed because it was incredibly arcadey, lacked wheel support, and felt completely pointless to play. I havn't played it lately, and neither have the 20 or so friends I had who tried it when it came out.

KimCheeWarriorX
KimCheeWarriorX

tried nfsw for the first time today. i have to say that for a "free" game, its pretty darn impressive, even if elements were borrowed from previous nfs games. i spent the first few hours alone on just exploring the huge world and only on a few occasions did i end up at the same place twice. the game makes its money from something called speedboost points which you can purchase in a variety of ways, including credit card. its totally optional though and from what ive seen in the game so far, i havent gotten to a point where ive had to buy speedboost points to continue my experience, so you can enjoy the game for awhile without having to spend a dime. on a side note, im not bi-lingual. 75% of the people i met on nfsw so far didnt speak english. i dont have a problem with other races but it made communicating with people very difficult. regardless, unlike some other mmo games, amazingly i didnt meet any douches on my first few hours of the game. ill probably go back to it off and on, probably one of the best free-to-play games ive played.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@PeterTechGuy 1 million aint bad either lol. Id say its closer to 300k-500k semi active accounts though.

Craze_Maniac
Craze_Maniac

Activision should learn the way of EA , Free to play not pay to play

PeterTechGuy
PeterTechGuy

The number of active registered accounts are like 1/5

CCGR_Pheonix
CCGR_Pheonix

Downloading this now. Looks pretty normal for a free to play.

V-Mack
V-Mack

the nitrous in nfs seems like it just makes the screen go furiously fast but ur opponents in front seem to be in the same speed as u and u dont really get ahead of them like u think u would if ur using something thats sapose to make ur car go faster....seems to be just a fancy shmancy and dont really do enough to provide u with the boost u r expecting to get

Purely_Awesome
Purely_Awesome

This is actually a pretty good racing game. Since it's free, why not give it a try?

91210user
91210user

I Love this game. Racing the players here makes you a true racer (Note, be aware of Rammers).

rafaelburigo
rafaelburigo

I could be a good game, but so many noobs trying to spoil your gameplay instead of trying to play blows away any chace of having fun.

hush404
hush404

Ehh, I kinda forgot about this title. Might have to give it a try :)

Skargamer
Skargamer

It's not a bad game actually. Goes back to the Most Wanted like roots.

nissanmaxima
nissanmaxima

NFS equals terrible franchise with way to many sequels, that come out to close together. FACT.

admiral_picard
admiral_picard

lol, I tried this a while back...so bland and not that good. The servers are poorly hosted and lag was really bad. If they got anywhere close to that many actual members active, it has to be even worse than it was...sadly I have little faith in EA's ability to not ruin NFS further. It has been going downhill since Undercover/Shift and hasn't been getting any better. I miss the old NFS games, those were lots of fun. All NFS feels like anymore is just extra money for EA for putting out minimal effort to make the games any good (Which none of the recent NFS titles have been). So sad to see a good game series grinded into a cash in...

DrKill09
DrKill09

Meh. Hot Pursuit 3 is the only current NFS I care about. Criterion did what Black Box haven't done since Hot Pursuit 2; make a good NFS. I only care about Criterion developed NFS games now.

vega13mv
vega13mv

i didnt even know this existed, nice to see it doing well, i'll be checking this one out

Luigi-the-Beast
Luigi-the-Beast

yeah, why is this not on consoles? sounds better than the last one I've played.

unreal_master
unreal_master

5million users? How many are active compared to how many people that registered to try it out?

Evenios
Evenios

fun its a decent game not as bad as some reviewed it just hope they keep adding more content..cities and such!