Shift 2 Unleashed steers clear of ‘bland graphics of Gran Turismo and Forza,’ says producer

Electronic Arts has announced Shift 2 Unleashed, the latest entry in the Need for Speed series. Shift 2 is scheduled to release in spring 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

“Shift 2 Unleashedis redefining immersive racing by blending the rush of tearing up the track at unbelievable speeds with the emotional experience of competitive battle,” said executive producer Marcus Nilsson. “We are also working closely with real-world performance drivers to ensure that Shift 2 Unleashed captures their experience and becomes the benchmark in authentic racing action.”

In an interview with Official Xbox 360 Magazine, Nilsson explained that while Shift 2 won’t match the 60 frames-per-second performance of Forza 3, it will look better than the “bland graphics” from Gran Turismo and Forza titles. “You have to make a choice with today’s tech. Either you go for – and this is harsh but it’s what I think – the bland graphics of GT and Forza, or you try to push the bar for what consoles can do,” explained Nilsson.

Instead, developer Slightly Mad will be aiming for a solid 30 frames-per-second, said Nilsson.

You can check out the first trailer and screenshots for Shift 2 Unleashed below.


Nov 16, 2010