New ‘Need for Speed’ Runs on Same Engine as ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’

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As time goes on, and the PS4 and Xbox One become the new normal for video game consoles, more and more games will leave behind the previous generation in favor of the new. Ubisoft has already decided to move its bigger and more profitable franchises to the current systems, and it seems like this decision will be seen more often as the year progresses. Take the recently revealed Need for Speed reboot, for example, which is also only coming to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

With this shift to more powerful hardware comes the need (or desire) to use better technology, and since the upcoming Need for Speed will put a heavy emphasis on car customization, it will need the right engine to show it all off.

What that engine will be is no longer a mystery, and probably never was. Even so some out there may find comfort in knowing that Ghost Games’ reboot of the popular racing game will be running on the latest version of the Frostbite Engine, also known as the engine that gave life to Dragon Age: Inquisition and this year’s Star Wars: Battlefront.

Frostbite technical director Johan Andersson revealed the news on Twitter last week, alongside the teaser trailer for the Need for Speed reboot.

Not much else is known about Need for Speed at this point, despite the build up to its official announcement last week. Even the previously mentioned trailer provided very little, but certainly lived up to its “teaser” label.

But the game is definitely a reboot, with it even going as far as dropping the subtitle. And this entry in the series will attempt to give the series a new focus – something the last few NFS releases have largely been without. Prior speculation about its ties to Need for Speed Underground were on point, however.

As Ghost Games explained it:

“A lot of time has been spent looking into the older games, into what was really popular, speaking to the fans. A lot of inspiration has been taken from the Underground titles and from the Most Wanted games in different aspects. Need for Speed used to be culturally relevant, to move culture, rather than copy it.”

More details – and footage – are expected to come from E3 2015 next month during EA’s press conference, which is scheduled for June 15 at 1pm PT/4pm ET.

What do you guys think of the long-running Need for Speed series getting a reboot? A necessary move, or just something to get more attention?

Source: Johan Andersson on Twitter