Wanton leaker Jeff Grubb shared several rumoured details regarding the next Criterion-developed Need for Speed game this week, including the fact that the game will be next-gen-only and will most likely be released this year. Grubb returned to his GrubbSnax show this week with more NFS details, including a retraction of some assumptions he made last week.
Grubb previously stated that he had heard rumours about a Miami setting, but it appears that the game will be set in a fictionalised Chicago known as Lakeshore City. The game also aims for a distinct visual aesthetic that blends realistic automobiles and landscapes with anime-like effects and styling.
Need for Speed will not be happening in Miami
[Need for Speed] is not in Miami. It doesn’t take place in Miami. Let’s start with — Autolog is back for multiplayer. You can customize all the pieces of the car. That’s back. Criterion wants to make it feel like a real city, even though it’s going to be a fictionalized version of a city.
It’s going to be photorealistic, but it’s going to have, on top of that, there’s going to be anime elements. When do you see maybe a car commercial or something like that, and the car’s driving around and cartoon flames are flying off it and stuff, and sparks are flying, and it looks like it’s out of an anime? That’s the kind of aesthetic they seem to be going for. And I wonder if that’s what they mean when they say they’re going to do a fictionalized version of… Chicago. It’s called Lakeshore City.
It all seems terrific, and Chicago should be a fantastic racing venue. Of course, take everything with a grain of salt for the time being. If the game is launching this year, we should hear more about it soon.