EA has come out swinging this year during their press conference, showing off upcoming games like Mass Effect Andromeda, Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, and new titles such as Unravel. Another game EA has been teasing heavily over the past few weeks was for the new Need for Speed title.
Many fans were curious to see what a year off could do for Need for Speed and thankfully EA didn’t make anyone wait for new new details and the first gamplay footage for the upcoming racer at their E3 press conference.
EA kicked off the event with a brand new trailer for the title, showing off more of the night time racing action. The trailer eventually gave way to the first ever gameplay, which started with a custscene that utilized Full Motion Video, showing live action actors setting the scene for the player controlled character. Impressively, these FMV scenes seamlessly give way to gameplay.
EA also announced that the world of Ventura Bay is twice as large as the environment seen in the last game, Need for Speed Rivals. The news gets even better for fans as developer Ghost Games announced that players will be able to heavily customize their rides as games earlier in the franchise allowed.
While the storyline wasn’t covered during the event, EA did announce that players will build reputation through five characteristics which also help define distinct story experiences in game as well. Speed, Driving Style, Car Customization, the Crew you race with online, and being an Outlaw to the police all provide reputation points adding a progression system to the game.
The extra year of development time seems to really helped Ghost Games as not only does the new Need for Speed look visually stunning, but many fan requested features such as urban racing and deep customization have been added back in.
EA is calling this new Need for Speed the definitive title in the series across the past 20 years the franchise has existed. With everything that they’ve shown and are promising for this ambitious title, Ghost Games certainly seems on the right track for delivering on this promise.
What do you guys think of the new footage. Does this Need for Speed game look closer to what you’re looking for?
Need for Speed launches on November 3, 2015 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.