The upcoming Need for Speed game from Criterion Games, which is part of EA’s schedule for the rest of 2022, has the most potential to draw attention. Despite not having been officially released, leaks have provided information about the open world racer, including the fact that it would include “anime elements” in its otherwise photorealistic aesthetics and that Lake Shore City will serve as a fictionalised version of Chicago.
These characteristics have now been confirmed by a small gameplay sample of the game that has recently surfaced online (via Reddit). It depicts an automobile slamming into a circular item in the environment, at which point cartoonish effects such as a flashing skull and wings momentarily bursting out of the car appear on the screen.
According to Jeff Grubb, a journalist, the game has been somewhat delayed (via VGC). According to Grubb, Criterion opted to delay the release of the upcoming Need for Speed game until December and “take a few extra weeks before showing it off” despite earlier reports indicating that it will go on sale in November. Strangely, Grubb claims that when working on Battlefield 2042’s assistance, the team “got sidetracked a little bit,” which had “a rippling effect.”
The open world and social components of the next Need for Speed were also briefly covered in another recent report. Additionally, it has been stated that the game will only be released for the PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. It will not be cross-gen.
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