The lights are on
Ghost Games, the studio formerly known as EA Gothenburg, has
been working on a new Need for Speed title for some time, and now the
developer's inaugural game – Need for Speed Rivals – has been announced.
The game, created in conjunction with franchise overseers
Criterion Games (NFS: Most Wanted) is using the Frostbite 3 engine, and will
appear on undisclosed current-gen systems on November 19, and Xbox One and
PlayStation 4 sometime before the end of the year.
As the name insinuates and the series is known for, cops and
racers will go at it in the fictional setting of Redview County (complete with some
dangerous-sounding weather), and both sides will have their own career paths.
Racers gain Speedpoints for evading the cops and capturing it on video, but the
more notorious you become the more Speedpoints you could possibly lose if
Cops, meanwhile, will work in teams and players will try and
rise up the ranks for better cars and tech. Both sides will make use of 11
upgrades, from turbo, jammers, and EMPs for the racers, and shockwaves and helicopter
and roadblock support for the cops. Speaking of upgrades, Rivals has a license
with Ferrari, letting you get in the cockpit of cars like the F12berlinetta.
Rivals introduces an online component – called AllDrive – that sounds similar to the series' use of Autolog. AllDrive mixes single- and
multiplayer components so your friends can come and go from your experience at
any time. Naturally, AllDrive will also surface stats and challenges from your
friends as well.
Electronic Arts has already announced the pre-order
incentive for Rivals at participating retailers, the Ultimate Cop Pack. This
consists of the Nissan GT-R Black Edition cruiser, unspecified pursuit tech,
and a custom livery.
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