Need for Speed developer Ghost Games confirms that this year's entry in the series will not feature an always online requirement. 2015's Need for Speed reboot required an Internet connection to play, much to fans' frustration.
In a post detailing the 2017 Need for Speed release, the developer reveals that "when release day rolls around for the next Need for Speed, you will be able to play through a single player experience completely offline." Saying that always online has been one of the "biggest discussion points" surrounding its last game, Ghost Games says that whenever fans give an issue this much "attention and feedback" it takes note. As such, the developer also confirms that players will be able to pause the upcoming game too.
And that's not the only thing that Ghost Games confirmed, either. The developer also states that the 2017 Need for Speed game, which is yet unnamed, will feature plenty of customization. "We love it, you love it, everyone loves it," the developer notes, adding that the feature "will play as strong a role as ever as we move forward into the next game and beyond." Additionally, cop chases, another staple of the Need for Speed series, will make their return.
Ghost Games also says that it is "dialing up the action and allowing you to tear up the tarmac, and dirt, to your heart's content." Moreover, it recognizes that "you’re going to want a world that not only looks beautiful, but offers you the space in which to do the things you want." Fans will agree that it's promising to hear that Ghost Games knows what fans want, but they will likely want to know how the game will be the 'most exciting' Need for Speed game ever, as publisher EA previously promised.
Unfortunately, the developer didn't offer a look at its game in action nor did it offer a screenshot of any of the actual vehicles available in the game. Though it did promise that it will reveal more "very, very soon" and that it will have "more details to share" about the next Need for Speed before EA's E3 2017 event in June.
Source: Ghost Games