After five years the Free2Play game Need for Speed World is coming to an end. You can play the game for a couple of weeks and race your last lap on July 14th, 2015. After that the servers will be shut down.
When it launched 2010, Need for Speed World brought together best-in-class action racing with an unparalleled social experience on PC. However, five years on, we feel that the game no longer lives up to the high standard set by the Need for Speed franchise. The steady stream of live content kept our players engaged but unfortunately we were not able to keep pace with feature development. At this point, the major overhaul needed to bring the game up to speed is not viable for us, so after careful review we came to a decision to stop development and begin winding down support of Need for Speed World.
Purchasing SpeedBoost is already deactivated and you can spend your currency you already have until July 14th. Additionally it's not possible anymore to register new accounts.
Need for Speed World is not the only Free2Play game carried to the grave, Battlefield Heroes, Battlefield Play4Free and FIFA World are also being discontinued.
In more than five years since most of these titles launched, how we play games has changed dramatically. These were pioneering experiences, and we’re humbled that, over the years, so many of you joined us to enjoy the games and the community. While we say farewell to these free-to-play titles in the next few months, we are always exploring new concepts and ways to bring great games to more players around the world.
A sequel to the Need for Speed Movie from 2014 is in the works and will be produced by an american-chinese joint venture.
According to Variety Electronic Arts is teaming up with chinese partners (China Movie Channel, Jiaflix und 1905 Pictures) to create a "Need for Speed 2" movie - maybe a consequence of the movie's success in China. With an estimated production budget of $66 million it performed particularly well in China, bagging about $65 million from $203 million worldwide.
There are no details known yet, first Electronic Arts and Dreamworks have to negotiate the sequel rights. If the movie is happening, it will be an american-chinese production, while many sequences will be filmed in China featuring chinese actors.
The production partners already worked on "Transformers: Age of Extinction", which was not only a success internationally but epecially in China.
Need for Speed: No Limits, a racing game for Android and iOS is since a few days already available at the test markets Taiwan and Netherlands, where people can reveal more details of the game.
As announced the game is based on a Free2Play model, where you can buy boosts, tuning parts etc. for real money, to get an advantage in the game. Apparently this also affects the fuel - when you don't have any, your car has to stay in the garage:
Need for Speed No Limits is a pure mobile game for iOS and Android and will be released in 2015. On the official Facebook-page EA posted a FAQ, explaing a couple of questions.
NFS No Limit will be a Free2Play game, which means you can play it for free, but you can purchase upgrades in the app if you want to.
At the launch the game seems a bit limited, as there is neither a multiplayer-mode, nor an open-world where you can drive around freely. But the developers are aware of the wishes of the players and the game will get more and more features over time.
To play you have to be online and connected to the EA servers. This is to ensure having ongoing full access to the game features and content.
There will be a large variety of modification possibilities with "millions of possible combinations" of car parts, including engines, gearboxes, suspension, spoilers, roof scoops, bonnets, tinted windows and more.
NFS No Limits requires at least iOS 6.1 and iPhone 4S or better. There are not details about iPads yet.
Android requires at least API level 15, which means you'll need Android 4.0.3 or better. Regarding hardware it should be at least a 1.2 GHz processor and 1GB RAM.
EA hands out free games for the 20th Anniversary of PlayStation
PlayStation is 20 years old and while Sony created a limited Edition of the PlayStation 4 in a grey retro-look ( video), Electronic Arts celebrates this anniversary with handing out games for free!
Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore announced at the Playstation Experience, that to celebrate every gamer can download Need for Speed: Most Wanted for PS Vita, Mirror's Edge for Playstation 3 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for Playstation 4. So head on to the PlayStation Store, the offer stands only until December 7th!
Everybody has to decide for themselves if this information is true or not, but someone claiming to be an ex-employee of Ghost Games, who wants revenge, leaked unconfirmed details about the upcoming Need for Speed:
"so ive just been fired from Ghost games so i might aswell leak this,
yes we have skipped a year with NFS games, EA was at first contemplating to shut down the franchise after many titles failed to meet expectations, now as a last ditch effort they gave us more time (and horrendous working hours) to work on the new title Underground: Need For Speed
yes this a Sequel to the Underground series, but to make it seem new we had to reboot it, make it more modern add some of the elements of 2012's NFS most wanted
if you dont believe me, at this years VGX we will anounce the game.
this song will be playing in the trailer"
"and trailer will Feature a Nissan GTR being slowly customized in the style of the opening in NFSU1"
In further comments he/she posted some more information:
"we are still trying to go back to the foundation of Underground by including as many import cars as possible with a healthy amount of european cars, American and Muscle cars are sadly enough almost absent besides the 2014 Ford Mustang Boss, the Customisation can be broken down to Bodykits, widebumper bodykits, spoilers, Rims, spinners, and we also planned to include special parts for Drag races and drift races, you can basicly customise your car for the kind of race you want to do with it, Vinyls and paints also is much more expanded than first, the appearance of your car will mather, if you put it online people can give your car style points, the more style points the more your car is worth"
Also some information about the console versions:
"I also forgot to add, EA is now jumping on the whole Framerate craze and the game will run at 60 fps on all systems altough the ps4 and xbone version are a pain in the ass to make it run well, the trailer we will show will look slightly better than the endgame, 900p on PS4 and 720p on xbone, altoughthe xbone version is struggling to stay at 60 and MS is pressuring us to lower the Ps4 version to 720p too, EA will probably make that call, so if they say it runs at 1080p 60 fps, its damage control"
"we are still in early stages but from what i could see it does try to emulate the Old Nfs feel but with some burnout things like takedowns the handling
Unlocks are done trough the reputation you gain in the city, the higher your rep the better the unlocks, same with cars shops, autolots and all are visible from the beggining"
So far it is information anyone could come up with, so we will have to wait for the Video Game Awards 2014 (formerly VGX / Spike Video Game Awards) in December...
The Video Game Awards 2014 are over without losing a word about NFS 2015, which means it was indeed a hoax.
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