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EA announces Need for Speed: The Run

EA has announced that the next Need for Speed game, dubbed Need for Speed: The Run, will release on November 15 in North America, and November 17 in Europe. The game will be powered by DICE's Frostbite 2 engine - the same being used for Battlefield 3 - and is being developed by Black Box, which is responsible for many NFS games, as well as the Skate series.

Watch the teaser below for a brief taste of what EA calls "a heart-pounding cross-country race from San Francisco to New York."


"Need for Speed The Run lures players into an underground world of illicit, high-stakes racing," reads today's press release. "The heat is on – and it isn’t just the fuzz who are after you. Entering the race is just the beginning as you blow across borders, weave through dense urban traffic, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds."

The game will apparently feature "cutting edge performances" which will "draw the player into a world with no speed limits, rules or allies," and will also include an updated version of Autolog, the social tool introduced in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Excited?

Apr 29, 2011

24 comments

  • chriszewski - May 1, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    All i could gather from the trailer (my work pc only plays slideshows) is this is "Stuntman: Ignithion meets Cannonball Run meets Unstopable?" I will say that i love the NFS series and the Shift offshoot even more. Most wanted was my favorite of the next gen street racers but i doubt this will be worse than Undercover. P.S. I want a Porsche Unleashed remake!
  • IceBlueKirby - April 30, 2011 9:13 p.m.

    If you have the runs, there certainly IS a need for speed. Dumb jokes aside, this looks pretty cool. I'm not really into the Shift series so I may be the only person who is happy that there is another NFS game coming out this year.
  • Siion - April 30, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    Dammit, sorry. My browser messed up and somehow resulted in two messages. My point still stands though, I haven't enjoyed nor been interested in a NFS since Most wanted so i hope they do something interesting with this.
  • Siion - April 30, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    This looks interesting, will have to see what they do with it before i make a judgement though.
  • Siion - April 30, 2011 3:31 p.m.

    This looks interesting, will have to see what they do with it before i make a judgement though.
  • tlopezkid - April 30, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    @JayQ Totally agree. Most Wanted was the shit IMO. Hot pursuit was somewhat fun but far too repetitive. they've also gone away from the whole "street" racing idea i guess to dissuade kids from illegal racing in real life but organized event racing just isn't as fun...
  • Spybreak8 - April 30, 2011 2:55 a.m.

    Have Jason Stathom advertise this game, I'd be perfect. I've got this package in my car and I only have 2 hours to get to my destination, buckle your seatbelt please.
  • RicePuddingUK - April 29, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    Looks like they're adding some sort of storyline, which I'd be very intruiged to see, better than Most Wanted and Undergrounds camp cliche "I R Gangsta!"
  • FlikNightshade - April 29, 2011 10:27 p.m.

    I kept reading that as Need for Speed: The Runs.
  • bamtan - April 29, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    Need for Speed: The Runs
  • EnragedTortoise1 - April 29, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Goddammit EA, give us a NFS HP 2 HD remake already!
  • JayQ - April 29, 2011 9:10 p.m.

    Haven't really liked a NFS since Most Wanted, by far the best NFS ever made.
  • reveffect - April 29, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    Yup this looks like another crappy storyline NFS game. For those of you hoping that this is going to be another NFS akin to underground where you had tons of customization for your car and freeroam then you should probably stop hoping because I have a pretty solid feeling that the single player will be like cod except with cars and you dont have any guns. Just you flying through tracks with basic performance customization (if any) for your cars on linear tracks that go from one end of a city to another since this is clearly a cross country (cannonball esq)race I seriously doub't you will be able to cruise around. Oh and people will be shooting at you, ramming you, and blowing stuff up around you as if you were driving through any of cods campaign levels. Don't get the wrong idea I am not one of those crazy underground 2 fanboys who get pissed everytime they find out a need for speed game doesn't allow them to put neon and body kits on their car and be able to roam the city.
  • MrSinister - April 29, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    When's Forza4 coming out again?
  • FoxdenRacing - April 29, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    Am I the only one that was left thinking "What's this reddish-brown paste on the ground...where'd the dead horse go?" On a less cynical note, wouldn't they be better off splitting Need for Speed into multiple franchises instead of slapping the name on everything that involves, suggests it involves, or can be connected via 6-degrees-of-separation to cars? For that matter...would anyone have gone 'Ohgod, not another one?' if it didn't have the NFS name attached? From the looks of the comments, slapping the name on everything they can is becoming counterproductive. This doesn't need the NFS name. Shift doesn't need the NFS name. Underground benefited from, but if it came back would no longer needs the NFS name. Quit diluting the name by plastering it on every vaguely-car-related game you shove out, EA...
  • CombatCat120 - April 29, 2011 8:48 p.m.

    Ew, storylines were never NFS's strong suit
  • festafreak - April 29, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    Need for speed: hot pursuit was the first NFS i bought since high stakes. I was very disappointed. It is way more arcadey than it used to be. I'm not really all that excited. I like racing games like Grid. They have a little more realism.
  • S0ULEATER - April 29, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    The line race for your life made me automatically think of Pod the old racing game for computer.
  • StrayGator - April 29, 2011 8:38 p.m.

    So you use the sports studio's mo-cap prowess in another studio's FPS, built with a cool new engine, which will be also used for a racing game by a different studio. Cross pollination done right, IMHO. @cleanser: yes, they are milking the brand, but at least it's not always more of the same, with arcade-y and sim-y subseries alternating, and this entry looking more akin to the NFS underground/undercover games.
  • Cleanser247 - April 29, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    I really enjoyed it years ago, but this is getting crazy! I'm beginning to wish the Need For Speed series was taking as long as The Last Guardian! : )

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