Need for Speed Rivals announced with teaser trailer

Need for Speed Rivals is the next racer in Electronic Art's longrunning franchise. The conflict between cops and racers--not just to outrun each other but to win the hearts of minds of the population--is at the core of Ghost Games' first unveiled project.

Confirmed: irresponsibly fast driving, Ferrari F12berlinettas, Koenigsegg Ageras, "in-engine footage," and it isn't PSP exclusive Need for Speed Underground Rivals. Not confirmed: more than two cars.

Fortunately, Need for Speed Rivals' website offers a bit more holistic look at the game. Of particularly note are the opposing cops and racers, whom players can switch between at any time. Both sides have their own upgrades for speed and maneuverability, on top of side-specific capture or evasion tools. It's all running on Battlefield 4's engine, Frostbite 3.

"All-Drive" blends single-player with multiplayer by seamlessly combining you and other friends' worlds mid-pursuit without lobbies or discrete matchmaking. No mention of how it interacts with the faction system, but if you happen to be a cop and your friend happens to be a racer at the time, well, that would certainly make both your lives more interesting.

Need for Speed Rivals is coming to PS4 and Xbox One "later this year," as well as PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on November 19. A full reveal is planned at E3 in June.


  • RareHero - May 23, 2013 1:30 p.m.

    Ghost Games? Has Criterion threw in the towel with Need For Speed? Perhaps they're just working on next year's title. Honestly I can't say I'll miss them. The Hot Pursuit reboot was alright, but I couldn't stand Most Wanted. That was a massive disappointment for me. The last Need For Speed game I thoroughly loved was Hot Pursuit 2.
  • Sliet - May 23, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    Quite surprised at the Ferrari there, but damn I hope it's not another NFS where all the cars feel the same and you swap between them as often as you change underwear... I do miss being able to take care of my own ride and improve it through the time, tuning them up to make up for their specific weaknesses while exploiting their strengths, and looking unique while at it.
  • FoxdenRacing - May 23, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    If this is mandatory, I'll be livid. I've had too many drop-in-drop-out games ruined by friend-of-friend trolls deciding to ruin my night for kicks. Stop. Breathe. I am not EA's target audience. I am not EA's target audience. I am not EA's target audience. There. That's better.
  • Rub3z - May 23, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    So first there was NFS: Hot Pursuit. And then we're all still trying to forget The Run, but then there was the excellent Most Wanted. Finally, our prayers being answered, this game will bring the cops vs. racers gameplay of Hot Pursuit into the open world shenanigans of Most Wanted. Looking forward to (not) playing it on One or PS4.
  • PatHan-bHai - May 24, 2013 11:45 a.m.

    The Run was quite good..........pirated..................
  • StonedMagician99 - May 24, 2013 4:06 p.m.

    I loved The Run. I do admit, I don't like playing multiplayer racing games, so the Criterion Most Wanted was a massive disappointment. Hopefully Rivals will have a single player component worth playing.
  • PatHan-bHai - May 25, 2013 6:18 a.m.

    To me, online-multiplayer racing games suck ass. It's those times when you have race-athons with your friends, bros and cousins with your cousins when I only play multiplayer---provided we are all in the same room ................... I like all of the NFS (old and new cept for the original Underground 1) Burnout and Midnight Club (when will the next come out??!?!?) games-- mostly because my big bro was a car enthusiast and played em for 8 hours straight a day. XD

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