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You can't play the new Need For Speed offline

Because always online games work faultlessly and never cause any problems (/s) EA appear to be making the new Need For Speed an online only game.

The info's popped up via some tweets, as the official account answers questions:

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Quite what the online connection's for isn't clear yet, although it does seem to tie into mention of "multiple narratives" that was leaked along with Need For Speed's release date.

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That strict online requirement seems to have caused some confusion as well, with the Need For Speed twitter account have to reiterate, more than once, that there is still a single player game.

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The messaging is going well, clearly.

Leon Hurley

I'm currently GamesRadar's guides coordinator, which means I've had a hand in producing or writing all of the guide and tips content on the site. I also write reviews, previews and features, and do video. Previously I worked for Kotaku, and the Official PlayStation Magazine and website.  I'm a big fan of open world games, horror, and narrative adventures.