After a yr delay, Need for Speed can be releasing later this yr, and rumor has it that will probably be dropping last-gen platforms altogether. According to VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, EA’s hit racing title will launch through the vacation season and developer Criterion has deserted its plans on a PlayStation 4 and Xbox One model for the game.
The journalist shared the information on his show GrubbSnax (transcribed by VGC). “Need for Speed is still coming this year… that’s true, that game should be coming in November,” Grubb revealed. “If you are a Need for Speed fan who has bought a next-gen console, here’s some news; it’s next-gen only. They are shifting to next-gen only.” EA’s Chief Studio Officer Lauren Miele said final yr that the subsequent Need for Speed title could be cross-gen.
Criterion has labored on the Need for Speed franchise prior to now, however stepped away for a handful of years supporting DICE titles like Star Wars Battlefront II and most lately Battlefield 2042. Criterion final labored on Need for Speed Rivals serving to the transition of the collection to developer Ghost Games of which as of 2020 has transitioned into an engineering assist studio.
EA acquired the developer Codemasters in late 2020 who’re most recognized for growing the DIRT and F1 racing video games. This acquisition will probably result in extra improvement time between each studios on their initiatives as EA can have totally different racing video games come out annually.
EA has already introduced that there can be no EA Play this yr, so there isn’t a certainty like previous years as to once we will study EA’s upcoming titles, together with the subsequent entry within the Need for Speed franchise.