Need for Speed is one of the biggest racing franchises. It always sells well, regardless of platform and reviews. In fact, it is so popular that even spawned its own movie tie-in, dubbed Need for Speed Movie, hoping to steal some of the limelight from the Fast & Furious movies. Movies are all well and good, but it’s the games that are the real focus here, and with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 just around the corner, we’ve had confirmation of what the first Need for Speed title on the next-gen platforms will be.
Both Criterion Games and Ghost Games are teaming up to create Need for Speed Rivals, a game that will see the NFS franchise blast its way into the next generation. With that being the same vague date we have for both the PS4 and Xbox One going on sale, we’re going to go ahead and assume that Rivals will be a launch title for at least one of them. For the PS3, Xbox 360 and even PC will be getting in on the racing action according to an EA press release and date set for release is Nov 19th, 2013.
Powered by a new Frostbite 3 engine, the game aims to blur the line between multiplayer and single player or as EA likes to say, ‘destroy’ it. We’ve heard that all before, especially in racing games, but it seems they mean business this time. Expect your friends to pop up in your in-game world even when doing their own missions and that will result in a new co-op experience being created on the fly too.
We’ll wait and see how that actually works in practice. EA is throwing its weight behind the next generation of consoles early on, just as it did the previous one. The company promises that the titles will not simply be graphically enhanced too, something leveled at the company during the Xbox 360 launch.