EA Spring Showcase 09 Need for Speed Interview With Jesse Abney

Check out this interview with Black Box Studio's Jesse Abney about Need for Speed: Shift.

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hotrider12
hotrider12

Another disappointing game on the way from EA... Seriously how many failures will it take for them to see that they need to rethink their current formula and return to what made their need for speed series take off in the first place. Seriously I thought prostreet had some mad protential until I played it and found out that there wasn't anything there. Sure the cars were appealing looking but darn it wheres the substance that hotpursuit2 or underground had? Oh well I'll just sit here and wait they will get the clue someday... hopefully 2010

archesrule
archesrule

Disregard that part about Valve, I don't know how I messed that up. On the other hand, Fallout 3 did take about 4 years to make (check the interviews) and that rocked.

archesrule
archesrule

What EA needs to do is give their guys a lot of time to make this game. That's what makes Valve's games so good, they actually give themselves a good amount of time to make them. Take the first Half-Life, they were originally going for a '96 release, but went all the way to '98. Tl;dr, EA, GIVE YOUR GUYS SOME TIME!

P-LONG
P-LONG

This game is going to be crazy. I can't wait.

b4ll4z
b4ll4z

I dont want to spend hours tuning and modding the cars.. I WANT TO RACE and get away from cops and feel the speed!! For me nfs pro street was the worst nfs ever and it seems nfs shift will be the sequal.. I already know I wont buy this game... There is no fun at all lapping against CPU's cars..Simmulation sucks.. thats it!

myst3rial
myst3rial

I think that there is enough driving simulation games. Need For Speed = underground, illegal races. New NFS:Shift won't find place between GT5 or even Grid. EA shouldn't change style of this game, but as always - they want to get some money..

Elkhose
Elkhose

Hey I still remember NEED FOR SPEED 2 SE remember the Mclaren F1 or the Ferrari F50 and even the "FZR2000" the only Good thing about the Undercover is bringing back the Maclaren F1 So First EA bring back the Ferrari Second the second best Need For Speed was the Porsche Unleashed, that game rocked. It was more realistic than the current ProStreet (which i actually Liked) so the game play of the Porsche unleashed should be brought back of course with a updated engine. So in My opinion The Best Need For Speed would be a street racing game but with the driving realism of Porsche Unleashed and with all of the Supercars (such as the Ferrari the Maserati the Aston Martin and of course keep the Lamborgini and the Japanese and the American muscles) and some realistic damage (its nice to crash a 1million$ car isn't it). After All: We Play Video Games To simulate what we can not do in reality. (quote from Joe Chahine, 2006) So for need for speed: Driving Expensive Cars on the Street in an illegal way, but also in a realistic way. So If EA succeeds in doing this I guess the Perfect racing game would then be Born.

kd_kash
kd_kash

I will get this and plz no more nfs underground stuff, that fad is over. We need a new nfs hot pursuit game.

acfjosh
acfjosh

Again i agree i want underground back. Though i might give this a go?

Szeiden
Szeiden

Need for Speed Porsche Unleashed is the only NFS game I've liked. I'm glad that they're returning to a more realistic racing simulator as it looks promising so far. For everyone saying that ProStreet was the first step towards "realistic" racing and it failed so Shift will too, I have two things to say. One, ProStreet was still street racing. It was not anything like a racing sim. I mean, it's called ProSTREET for a reason. Two, EA is making Shift with Slightly Mad Studios. "Slightly Mad Studios was founded earlier this month by former GT Legends developer Ian Bell" (quote from an earlier GameSpot article). While GT Legends may not have been perfect, it was undoubtedly good. GameSpot and users both gave it good scores. http://www.gamespot.com/pc/driving/gtlegends/index.html?tag=result;title;0 I think the problem is that the people following NFS prefer street racing (except for those of us who've been waiting in the background for another nfs:porsche unleashed type of game). I guess I shouldn't be surprised that people are disappointed. I think EA's main mistake was deciding to make 3 NFS games, but not making one of them be an extension of the Underground series. Instead, in addition to Shift, they're making an MMOG and an "Arcade" game for the Wii and DS...

dogtimes
dogtimes

Looks good so far. I'll be looking at the games progression. I like sim racers & if this is the NFS series attempt at it I'll keep a open mind on this one.

hotrider12
hotrider12

@ below, let me try to translate numb ass producers I need underground 3 no legal streets ..numb ass .......DON'T BUY THIS!!!!!!!

paulsilkorad
paulsilkorad

nubsssssssss producatorsss i ned undergraund 3333333333333333333333333333333333333333333 no legat street nubss dont bayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy thissssssssssssssssssssssssssss

paulsilkorad
paulsilkorad

is nubsss nfs shift i ned undergraund nubs producatorsss

hotrider12
hotrider12

i agree with u junaidbhaijann would like underground and hotpursuit series back as well.

junaidbhaijann
junaidbhaijann

Its a Garbage.................I want Underground Series Back.................

hotrider12
hotrider12

everybody know not to buy this crap already

Chilean_demon
Chilean_demon

They already try something like "legal racing" in Pro Street....at the end that´s the worst game I ever played (and i only lay like 4 races, can´t take it any longer)....this one should be called Pro Street 2 just to warn the NFS Fans: DONT BUY THIS ONE!! Hope they think again and gives ilegal races, open street, tunning and adrenaline just like they did in Most Wanted

fps_d0minat0r
fps_d0minat0r

might as well wait a bit longer and get gran turismo 5. im never buying need for speed unless they continue the underground series. WE WANT NEED FOR SPEED UNDERGROUND 3!!!!!!! i hate to say it but id rather play mario kart then nfs undercover.

Simur
Simur

I think they should have stick with underground, illegal, racing and left simulation, and profesional style to other developers who are already making good ones.

effendi360
effendi360

will be crap like all of them after most wanted

codename-60091
codename-60091

garbage..... go to hell!!! imbecile developers. my shop will not be stocking this garbage.

hamoksha0000
hamoksha0000

i dont think the next nfs will be abigbang like nfs mw but there is another games that are good and more like than nfs we want some features on the game but the develeopers dont give any thing of what we want so i am just waiting this game >

Nunuxos
Nunuxos

abualwa is right,NFS : Shift will be just another RANDOM track car racing simulation.Where is the fun of running away with your over the top BMW or Mercedes?This will totally won't catch my eye.

squaredude44
squaredude44

Im very sorry to say, but NFS is really getting old. The games are starting to get repetitive, and the game isnt as fun as it used to be.

abualwa
abualwa

Jesus Christ.Need For Speed is a unique game.Well,it used to be.IT should be on the streets,not on track.That's GRID.Which sucked!I dont know what ea is thinking,or that guy because they forgot what is like to be on the streets and racing.It's a big mistake take it on the track.And what's the deal with the costomising?Cars that go on track aren't supposed to be costomised.I am very dissapointed at ea...It's just another grid + project gotham = NOT Need for Speed.I am so not spending 70 euros on that game.It just isnt worth it.

abualwa
abualwa

Posted Apr 30, 2009 7:21 pm GMT Maybe it's just me, but does anybody remember the good days of NFS? I'm not talking about Underground or Most Wanted, or any of the recent iterations. I'm talking about the original NFS, 2, 3: Hot Pursuit -- the games that made the franchise famous. I can still remember sitting down at my Windows 98 PC with joystick in hand, playing Outback on NFS2. Or starting up a run through Hometown against my dad on the PS1 version of NFS3. You know what made these games fun? The racing. It was cool to grab an exotic car that I would probably never see in person, pick an over-the-top track of some pre-designed theme, and just duke it out with the AI to see who would make it to the finish line first. It just doesn't exist in most racing games today. They're either packed with cheesy cutscenes and storylines (as if I needed extra motivation to beat the guy next to me on the starting line), or trying to push the standard for realism. Hey, here's a novel idea -- stop worrying about "why the player wants revenge on this particular driver" or "what would the car do if the player brakes a little too abruptly on the S turn at Laguna Seca", and just focus on the fun! Bring back tracks that are fun to race. Bring back the simplicity that made NFS a name worth buying! agree 0 disagree 0 = 0 (select an action below) ______________ Report Abuse To Moderator

Mr_Fujiv1
Mr_Fujiv1

i think that there will be alot of custom cars in this one but it still wont buy me

hotrider12
hotrider12

I have all NFS games except prostreets (sucktastic) undercover (craptastic) highstakes 2 or hotpursuit 3 or porshe unleashed 2 would be welcome greatly

Nunuxos
Nunuxos

Jesus Christ.Need For Speed is a unique game.Well,it used to be.IT should be on the streets,not on track.That's GRID.Which sucked!I dont know what ea is thinking,or that guy because they forgot what is like to be on the streets and racing.It's a big mistake take it on the track.And what's the deal with the costomising?Cars that go on track aren't supposed to be costomised.I am very dissapointed at ea...It's just another grid + project gotham = NOT Need for Speed.I am so not spending 70 euros on that game.It just isnt worth it.

jar288
jar288

this looks like the best nfs yet. i wish that they would put super bugs in race games with motercycle engines. thats what they race where i am.

neil_2468
neil_2468

This seems at least better than ProStreet.

rpgnutt
rpgnutt

nfs lost me with pro street bad game and that F!@#&^% dj piss me off imma past on this hopefully someone will say somrthing good about it and ill play there copy.hands down underground was the best one and the one when they first brung cops into the picture.

TazSteele
TazSteele

I have to agree with some people here, they have been releasing NFS games like mad and I think the franchise is suffering. I would gladly wait another 6 months or longer just so they could spend the extra time to get it right.

13ozzy
13ozzy

Im also glad that EA didn't listen to those people who were demanding NFS Undercover 3, and moved on.

13ozzy
13ozzy

I think that somebody at EA has my picture on their table, because I was waiting for this type of game for SO LONG. SIM Racing with production cars, modifying, AMAZING graphics. I hope its gonna be as good as I think it is.

Gnesh500
Gnesh500

I hope this game will rock. I love NFS, but I made the mistake of starting to play them at the wrong time. So, my first NFS game I bought, sadly, was Undercover. And let me tell you, I am NOT enjoying it. It doesnt have ANYTHING in it.

Roscoe245
Roscoe245

nfs pro was in all fairness a rubbish game, thankfully i got mine brand new at the boot sale for a 5er so i cant complain at the price, but if this new shift game is nothing short of outstanding, its never gonna compete with the likes of gran turismo 5, esp as they are trying to head out more in the sim direction.

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

I'm gonna get GT5 for full Sim racing, and maybe (seeing as they are bringing out two games) the tuner (think Underground) version of new NFS. Maybe this though, we'll see.

tacak
tacak

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todsnet
todsnet

I have loved all the nfs games and I can't wait for this one to come out.