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Need for Speed Undercover

An interview with Executive Producer Bill Harrison

Is the return to a Most Wanted-style a response to the criticisms of ProStreet?

We're tremendously proud of ProStreet, we set out to make a more sim-oriented racing game and we believe we succeeded. This year we wanted to build a true next generation action driving game utilizing innovative gameplay like highway battles and our all-new Heroic Driving Engine all woven into an engaging cinematic story with top tier acting and directing talent.


 
Rumor has it that the ProStreet brand will be retained as the performance arm of future Need for Speed games. Is there any truth in this?

There are a number of stories we can tell in the Need for Speed universe, right now we’re focusing on making Need for Speed: Undercover one of this year’s top videogames. 

Will Undercover be very story driven? What can you tell us about it?

Need for Speed: Undercover features one of the deepest and most engaging stories in the history of Need for Speed. This year, we've incorporated Hollywood-caliber talent to help craft our story. For example, we used real sets for the first time, Hollywood talent and Hollywood-style production techniques. Undercover involves the player as an undercover cop taking jobs and competing in races in order to prove themselves.

Is the emphasis more on high-end sports cars and imports than highly-modified, older hatchbacks? What cars will feature in the game?

Need for Speed: Undercover continues the tradition of featuring some of the world’s best licensed cars. However, we’ll be talking more about the specifics later on.

The teaser website suggests that you might be able to choose which side of the law you want to be on. Does this mean that there might be several different story arcs?

In the career mode players are given one main story arc in which they go deep undercover in an attempt to take down an international crime syndicate.

How much of a part does tuning and modifying play in NFS: Undercover?

Customization is one of the core values of Need for Speed and is certainly part of Undercover. The style and tone of customization reflects modern car culture including the more refined styling seen with sleeker lines and matte finishes. Players will also be able to individualize the vehicle’s performance through parts and variable settings, like handling and acceleration.

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27 comments

  • NFSFreak12 - October 24, 2008 2:16 a.m.

    this is going to be the best NFS ever made. i already preordered it and cant wait til it comes out. especially with cars like the Bugatti, GT2, Ford GT, Koenigsegg, DB9, 911 GTS RS, CLS 63, Gallardo, Pagani Zonda F, Nissan GTR, IS-F, Audi R8, and the BMW M6 and M3. with these kind of cars in the game who wuldnt want to buy it? dont believe me about the carlist i just gave? go to www.needforspeed.com and click on tri-city car lot at the bottom and see for yourself...o and make sure you click the upper right hand corner scroll button cuz it shows the recent updates and old updates also..CHECK IT OUT! peace
  • celticassassin80 - October 19, 2008 9:31 p.m.

    ok, spoke too soon. the screenshots show an M6. that alone will make me buy this game. maybe ill get my wish and theyll include a countach too, but i better not push my luck
  • mishmoigon - September 28, 2008 2:20 p.m.

    Those graphics are amazing...
  • spookykid3 - September 22, 2008 2:37 p.m.

    As a fellow need for speed lover. i thought pro street was the worst nfs game ever made. But after reading the review to undercover, this will be the best nfs game yet to come.
  • iceman_88 - September 14, 2008 1:55 a.m.

    I have played all of the need for speed games and most wanted and pro street are by far the two best,but with this one coming out this year, it looks like it is going to be very hard too top it...i cant wait to play this...
  • UndercoverAgent12 - September 13, 2008 10:34 p.m.

    Man, this game is going to be off the hook! I am a loving fan of NFS, so this is the next one to my collection. GO UNDERCOVER.
  • sixboxes - September 12, 2008 12:18 p.m.

    As a matter of fact, Most Wanted is my favourite NFS game. I even bought the bargain bin 360 port so I could have it in semi-decent kinda-HD glory. I've been wanting a true "this-gen" NFS game since then, and ProStreet certainly didn't count.
  • ManU - December 3, 2008 10:25 p.m.

    this game is gonna be awesome. i cant wait to see the bugatti in a game even though my fav car is a skyline
  • gameradar2 - November 15, 2008 3:59 a.m.

    this game is goin to be sick
  • victorg360 - November 3, 2008 3:23 p.m.

    one good thing about this NFS game is that free-roaming is back in ProStreet they did not have it that why i did not like that game but this one looks good.
  • celticassassin80 - October 19, 2008 9:24 p.m.

    this games prolly gonna kick ass. maggie Q is pretty damn hot. I would like to see some in car driving perspective, not enough games have that. gives it more of a realistic feel, even tho its supposed to be a little over the top. the screens look badass tho. hopefully BMW signed on for the ride, and not just with the played out M3. love to see an M5 and M6 make it to one of these games. Im also disappointed with the absence of ferrari. Im a lambo fan, but you gotta have ferrari too. they got some badass cars that look pimp when u customize em. well see tho.
  • buckeyefan_9876 - October 18, 2008 6:33 p.m.

    I own the old nfs hot pruisuit 2 and started buying all nfs after that, i was trully disapointed with pro street ( yes good graphics, but way off what nfs is known for : cops chasing you down, heliocopters following you, roadblocks and so on) i almost decided to quit with nfs afetr pro street but after hearing all the hype and reviews i give them one more chance
  • Randolph - October 1, 2008 5:42 p.m.

    kick ass man ?
  • chilipeppersman - October 1, 2008 4:12 a.m.

    preview was hella good, but the interview kinda felt like a ad, hopefully there will be more that are in depth, but im liking the looks of this game alot
  • badger1234 - September 25, 2008 9:05 a.m.

    can't wait, if undercover is anyfing like most wanted, i want it
  • likedamaster - September 20, 2008 9:49 p.m.

    I thought Carbon was better than Most Wanted, especially with the extreme customizations, the many online modes, and all the concept cars they had available. Not to mention the downloadables. I liked the Most Wanted chick better though. Looking forward to this game, no doubt. I have always been a NFS fan, wasn't a prostreet fan so much.
  • wharcraff - September 16, 2008 3:36 p.m.

    I'm hoping that this will have most of the new nissans in it, not just the skyline. Can't wait.
  • quericko - September 15, 2008 7:26 p.m.

    man the NFS empire kicks ass all the NFS games have been the shyt man i cant wait till this game comes out man
  • IronmanR8 - September 15, 2008 3:32 p.m.

    is this game going 2 be on PS2?
  • fish94 - September 14, 2008 1:54 p.m.

    Hopefully this will be like undergroud two but with police. undergroud two was better than most wanted in most aspects, but the two together would eb perfect.

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