Today, Electronic Arts revealed that there is a new title currently in development for the Need for Speed franchise, but unlike many reveals that traditionally take place next month at E3, the publisher revealed that the game will not be showcase with a proper announcement.
Last week, we reported that there is in fact a game for the fan-favorite racing series aimed for a Fall release along with a new installment for the Plants vs. Zombies series also.
2019 does mark the 25th anniversary since the first title in the ongoing series dropped all the way back on the 3DO in 1994, and EA does recognize how much the quarter century celebration means to the franchise. And as part of that, publisher Community Manager Ben Walke shares that this year will be especially different for the newest title as the franchise enters its 26th year since debut.
Walke in the latest blog post discusses that things will be done in other manners as compared to years previous. For one, the game will be skipping EA Play next month and will showcase the game at a different time.
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 post later goes into detail to explain that the Need for Speed team is looking at every factor that defines the IP, that primarily being cars and customization. On top of other elements that play their own part, the team explains that it creates an “essence” that imbeds in the DNA of the series.
Electronic Arts seems to already change up how the industry runs when it comes to E3 as the publisher will be hosting their press conference via livestream rather than hosting the event in Los Angeles during the convention. And now with Need for Speed doing the same with their absence at the approaching event, it makes the entirety of the company more unpredictable, but also exciting.
No word on when the title will be properly revealed or what direction the series will be taken for this year’s title.
Source: Electronic Arts