The new Need for Speed game being developed at Criterion will be revealed next month, according to top-tier leaker Tom Henderson, when Electronic Arts also plan to reveal Skate 4 and FIFA 23.
Three years ago, Need for Speed: Heat, the previous installment in the racing series, was released. However, even though the new game is the first Criterion production since Most Wanted (2012), that title was primarily produced by Ghost Games. You might recall that the British studio had to halt the game’s development last year to help DICE with the launch of Battlefield 2042.
The report states that the title of the new game may be Need for Speed: Unbound, even though it may only be the codename. It’s noteworthy that Henderson repeated some earlier statements made by fellow journalist Jeff Grubb in April, who asserted that the game would have a stylized graphics style that combines photorealism with cartoon or anime-like elements.
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Characters have been compared to those from the animated television series The Boondocks, and when performing stunts like drifting or accelerating to a certain speed, for instance, cars will produce blown-out effects like flames, wind, and smoke.
Henderson also confirmed a feature called Meetups, according to which online players will be able to gather and start racing right away somewhere on the map. Finally, the unnamed sources asserted that the tracks in the new Need for Speed will somehow stand out.
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