A new Need For Speed game is coming in 2019. One of the oldest racing game franchises will soon be celebrating their 25th anniversary, and what better way to do that than by releasing a brand new game for millions of fans around the world to enjoy? It’s always been fun to dive into the underground world of street racing and we won’t have to wait too long before we get to do it again: the next game is expected to arrive sometime before the end of 2019.
A submission on the /r/needforspeed subreddit opens by updating us on what the devs have been doing in recent months. They confirm that they are indeed working on a new Need For Speed game, corroborating earlier reports that we would be getting a new game before the year is out. Sadly, we probably won’t be hearing anything at this year’s E3. “Are you going to hear more about the next NFS title? Yes,” the Reddit submission stated. “Is it being released this year? Yes. Will we be doing anything in June? No.”
Hold up . . . we are back!
What have we been up to? Well, as you can imagine, we’re in the business of making games, and Need for Speed games at that. You can also probably guess where this is going, but for those who haven’t– a new Need for Speed game will be releasing later in 2019!
This year is a bit of a special one for NFS, too, as we are turning 25 years. We’ve had almost 25 years going fast, and we can’t wait to kickstart our 26th with the next NFS game.
And while we’ve had some great memories over those twenty-five years, we’re not here to look back and reminisce. We’ve got our eyes set firmly on the future. But even while focusing on the future – especially this year – we’ve also thought a lot about what NFS means to you, and perhaps more importantly what we hope it will mean as we move forward.
Cars naturally top the list. You could say that the cars and customization of NFS are the beating heart of what we do. Without either of these, NFS fails to exist as we know it. These two elements play a pivotal role in the series and are two aspects that we consider to be foundational, meaning they aren’t going anywhere because NFS wouldn’t exist without them.
But NFS is also the culmination of many different aspects, and there’s a special essence that appears when all these aspects come together at a very high quality, an essence that helps create that unique NFS feeling. You could say this essence is our DNA, and it’s exactly what we’re injecting straight into our next project.
Tradition, and our above note about a new game later this year, dictates that this is the time when you’ll be eagerly hitting F5 on our Social Media channels, waiting for that first detailed sign of something new, for that first teaser to drop. But let’s hold fire on that for now.
Because traditions are all well and good, but they can also be broken, and new ones forged. Just because we’ve done something one way for the last few years, doesn’t mean we should continue to do so.
Are you going to hear more about the next NFS title? Yes. Is it being released this year? Yes. Will we be doing anything in June? No. It’s as simple as that, but we wanted to give you a heads up before you started asking “where are you?” Our goal is to deliver a truly memorable high-speed entry into the 25 years of NFS, rather than a series of promotional events. The game matters most – a sentiment we bet you share with us.
With that, know that we’re here, we’re building an amazing game that we can’t wait to show off, and the next time we talk, we’ll be packing our bags and heading south for the full unveiling. We’ll see you then.
– The NFS Team
A financial report released earlier in May had first announced that we would be getting a new Need For Speed game. Furthermore, it stated that we would be returning to the beloved “cops vs. street racers” formula that many of the games in the franchise presented front and center.
The Reddit submission lovingly talks a lot about the history and pedigree of the franchise, but it’s unfortunately light on the details. The developers do make a point of saying that the next game will have a focus on the cars and customizing them. What remains to be seen is just how much customization we can get done. Considering some of the tech that’s popped up in recent years, odds are good that we’ll at least be able to make them look pretty cool.
Considering the lack of an E3 showing, we probably won’t hear more about the next game in the Need For Speed franchise for a couple of months at least. Current speculation is that there will be a reveal at Gamescom 2019 in August. Thankfully, we know it’s coming and that the devs are focused on making sure the new Need For Speed game sticks to its strong roots.