Need for Speed Is Reborn…<br />& We’re Helping!

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably spent way too many hours playing any number of Need for Speed games in your lifetime. Most of the team at Speedhunters are just old enough to remember being glued to our Pentium 1 computers when the original game came out in the mid ’90s, and the 20 Need for Speed titles that have been produced and enjoyed since have only continued to feed the addiction.

So you can image how extremely pumped we are to announce that Need for Speed has been quietly going through a serious reboot process over the last 18 months. While everything is brand new and created from scratch, there has also been deliberate cherry-picking of some of the best bits from the last two decades worth of titles; intense late-night street racing, in-depth customization and genuine car culture all set within a deep, immersive narrative. The first teaser for this new game, simply called Need for Speed, has just been released:

How good does that look? All that footage was captured in-game, by the way… Obviously, Speedhunters is not normally the sort of place you’d find a story about a new game release, but this is different. As loyal long-time readers might know, Need for Speed and Speedhunters are more than just acquaintances, more than just friends – we’re family, and we always have been.

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Whilst it’s never been a secret, many of you are probably not aware that just over seven years ago, Speedhunters.com was launched by Electronic Arts (EA) as a way to support and enhance the Need for Speed franchise. Of course, Rod Chong and the other original team members at EA probably had no idea just how much of a monster this site would become in the ensuing years, but it soon became its own entity and the link between Need for Speed and Speedhunters became less and less obvious – especially after the completion of the excellent Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed, for which we regularly posted behind the scenes development stories.

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With the kick-off of production on this completely fresh Need for Speed title early last year, both Speedhunters and the frankly mind-bogglingly clever people at Ghost Games in Sweden, who are producing the new game, decided to once again work closer together to create something pretty damn spectacular; a hugely satisfying experience full of real-world, well, everything…

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This means that a good portion of our team have been kept very busy helping Ghost Games create something that can be best described as next-level awesome. From Dino in Japan, to Bryn in the UK and Larry in California – we’ve all been pitching in, in a concerted effort to help produce something that we can be truly stoked with.

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Currently, the game is still very much in-the-build, which means we can’t reveal too much just yet. But rest assured, we’ve been occupying a pretty damn interesting spot behind the curtain, and have some amazing behind-the-scenes stories to publish as the team at Ghost Games marches relentlessly towards the release date later this year. Stay tuned!

Peter Kelly
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452 comments
sp33dy1221
sp33dy1221

I've stop playing because they didn't have manual transmission. The physics were ugly but it was playable. i will never pre order a NFS game again, i will wait 4 months after its release date or when it goes on sale. Just like the crew (a bigger let down). I promise ive only played less than 5 hours on this game, and the crew about 4hrs. I love racing games, just cars in general, but this wasn't worth the 70$+ i spent... i rather play need for speed underground 2 which is more enjoyable 

Be honest
Be honest

Be straight up with everyone please. Are you even going to add a manual transmission? You could let everyone know at least... If you say no then okay. You'll lose some people who like the game. Saying it's under investigation doesn't help either... But if you say yes, you'll make 90%+ of the people who okay this game happy... We live NFS but you aren't seeming to care about the people who play the game... Just give us a straight forward answer please...

Steve Shaydy
Steve Shaydy

im petty sure that ea devs clearly see the messages and comments about manual transmissions, customization and camera views and clearly they dont fucking get it, or dont fucking care enough to implement anything because they're done the game and they do the minimum required for what they get paid because all of they're devs are underpaid ever since black box left the franchise and everything got switched up in all the ea studios. the devs will have to take in massive amounts of shit until people get what they want. if they really wanted to make money they would do something that the team behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt did. see? i wrote that with capital letters, because those devs deserve respect, they deserve being invited to fan parties just for them, they deserve being paid more than they normally do. WHY? because they fucking PUT IN WORK. they worked their asses off just to make an impression - a VERY good one on the gaming industry, and theyve succeeded, and made a larger more wealthy company (ea games) with more employees and devs look like complete and utter shit this year, as have many other companies in the past few years. almost EVERYBODY has been able to make ea and its devs seem incompetent and yet ea hasnt slowed its goal into becoming the biggest money hungry capitalist they can. this is a personal opinion and does not intend to hurt anybody in any way, its just to state some thoughts that i have seen many many thousands of times on a lot of websites on the internet through my eyes, granted it may have some of my own thoughts too. however, gamers have a voice, and we know how to use it. give us what we want. its not difficult. do it once, and it might instantly change sentiments from the public. WE KNOW YOU READ THESE COMMENTS SO DONT EVEN TRY TO TELL US YOU HAVE NOT BEEN IGNORING US.

Juan R
Juan R

I bought the game and went straight to settings after the 25 minute download to see there was no manual option !! Is this a car game for people who actually like cars ? 95% of street racers have stick shift I am kind of confused to this decision to simulate street racing but not put in an option for manual transmission it actually made me regret buying it where is the challenge ? Let alone I wish there was an option for button mapping I wanna accelerate with the joy stick and shift with the triggers this hasn't been an option in a long time. Forza by far is for real car enthusiasts and this is why I have stayed away from NFS for a very long time you guys have been failing as a whole there is always something wrong that makes it an incomplete game which forces me to stick 2 forza and track racing why can't you guys get serious and bring back the gold like most wanted carbon was the last decent need for speed I have played

EdwinRequena
EdwinRequena

@Juan R  I agree. I had no idea it had no manual transmission, I pretty much gave away $66.

SRMan
SRMan

I was looking to see if they finally fixed this problem with the no manual crap and apperantly the game is still just as appalling as it was when it first hit the shelves. Every time I pack one of these games to ship out at work, I shake my head and say "you poor bastard. You don't know anything about cars." EA doesn't give a sh!t about customer satisfaction. They only care about customer loyalty. As long as there are clueless children and lame adults who think their automatic camrys are fast, this game will sell. I'll maybe buy it one day when I see it in the five dollar bin at gamestop just so EA won't get one cent of my money. And when they decide to stop supporting the servers, then the disc will make a nice Christmas ornament. Too bad. I REALLY wanted to drive my 240sx around again (although in the form of a 180sx), ruling the streets of whatever city you guys create, but looks like my sixty bucks are better spent on gas for one day at the track driving my real car than countless hours playing nfs like I did with carbon. EA sucks ;]

HoussamNazhaoui
HoussamNazhaoui

i was going to buy the game untill i heard there is no Manual transmission. great job EA you are so smart for doing this......


Death Racer
Death Racer

why the game need's to be always conected to the internet why not make offline/online game...

Death Racer
Death Racer

The game is great, great graphics, great in most of it. There's only three things i didn't like thete no manual transmission, no controller layouts, i can't change the controls settings. the rain in the game is cool im enjoining it but, always raining please. I WANT MANUAL TRANSMISSION WITH CLUTCH BUTTON...!!!!!!!! and different control settings.

marno
marno

Speedhunters listen to the people, this needs a manual transmission option, nothing more annoying than the car shifting up during a drift and losing power, I would buy every future car dlcs if I can actually shift them

awill35
awill35

Two things you dont take away from a cherished racing game...

1.MANUAL TRANSMISSION

2.customization

if you people knew anything about auto racing you would know they use MANUAL SHIFTING transmissions even in pro racing!

how the hell do i drift with an automatic? just pound the NOS???? hahahaha!!!!!!

i was very excited for this game... and just because of the stupid automatic transmission only.. it ruined it for me.

i bet yall prob fix it... but we are gonna have to buy a "special speed car pack" to get manual transmissions.

Do you people even care if the gamers will enjoy it... or do you base sales on flashy advertisements???

TimothyPowell
TimothyPowell

oh and if you think you can do better go to school learn how to make a game and just try an shut EA down lololololololollll

TimothyPowell
TimothyPowell

I played for 19 hours strait love the game don't need haters they have already promised an customization fix and that was the only thing I was worried about so good job EA

EdwinRequena
EdwinRequena

@TimothyPowell lol I can tell you probably dont know anything about cars other than they go fast lol Everyone that wants manual transmission is because we know what we are talking about we are not hating.

TimothyPowell
TimothyPowell

Yes in real life manual is a must in a game not worth crying about

EdwinRequena
EdwinRequena

@TimothyPowell lol if you say so. I tried playing it again and I just cant, the game os boring. If you read the most recent reviews im not the only one feeling this way.

Steve Shaydy
Steve Shaydy

@TimothyPowell i dont think you've played any racing games other than nfs. if you did, you would know that when shifting manually, your car accelerates faster than an automatic. one reason being is that during a turn (or multiple turns) you can force the car into a lower gear and higher revs to squeeze the juice (power) out of the car to keep your speed. I personally played nfs carbon with a logitech g27 and trust me, i upshift wayyy past redline because the car will keep accelerating at the same pace and then i shift up when i know theres a straight road to hammer the throttle on or else its 3rd gear all the way.

bigT
bigT

When i die i need you all to be my pallbearers so you can let me down one last time. Very disappointed.

Zane
Zane

Also nfs needs cockpit view, we need an update i am debating on returning this game but i will give a chance for you guys to fix the mistakes you have made

EdwinRequena
EdwinRequena

@Zane In your area can you return for full refund? I tried at Gamestop but they will only do it for trade in value. Now im hoping EA and Ghost fix this manual issue.

Zane
Zane

Also i hope someone gets back to me on this comment

Zane
Zane

No manual transmission. Honestly i am so disappointed, i pay 60 dollars not knowing this and there is only automatic. What street racing cars out there have automatic transmissions. I didnt worry about this because it is common sense for a racing game to have manuel. This is one dis-satisfied customer along with many others. Good job EA you once again mess up on such a great game.

silas greenback78
silas greenback78

Now I'm gonna be honest! I wasn't a fan a manual in racing game's at first..Until Drive Club!! Now!! I can't live without manual..IT'S LIKE A DRUG AFTER YOUR FIRST HIT!!! IT'S A MUST HAVE ON ARCADE/SIMULATION RACING GAMING..IF YOU WANT MORE FORM YOU FAN'S GHOST GAMES GIVE YOUR FAN'S WHAT THE WANT!!! Crazy to say..WE DO MAKE YOU!!!#All'sWEWANTISMANUAL!!

runwild49
runwild49

Game looks great but I need manual transmission.

prazzi
prazzi

Press triangle to change view. No need for manual if there's no clutch, I've never understood this complaint. If your playing a sim racer with a wheel yeah, manual transmission. This is a super fun arcade racer, you speed most of the time sideways. I drifting everywhere with out even handbreaking. Ea made the right call, manual would have been weird

EdwinRequena
EdwinRequena

@prazzi We dont want a clutch we just want a way to shift gears manually like in NFSU 1, 2, most wanted, and Carbon. It makes the game more enjoyable and better to control while drifting or making sharp turns.

Steve Shaydy
Steve Shaydy

@prazzi until the game forces your car to upshift in the middle of a drift making you lose power and pop right out of it and straighten out. remember when games used to have challenging controls to keep you on your toes? or when games used to give you a boost for taking thaelong way/hard way? no? because you probably havent played any racing games till now. or maybe you havent played forza, or drive club, or the crew, or all the PAST FUCKING NEED FOR SPEED GAMES, GOD DAMN IT. so whats the reason to not have it in this one if it was in all the older ones. personally i fucking hate when devs make you update just so they can remove features from your software and make you pay more for something you paid for in the beginning.

motogun
motogun

Thanks I actually found the view change ....

But no manual was a HUGE mistake.

Game is otherwise pretty good tho

motogun
motogun

WTF! ? I just bought this game and after searching realized you can't change to manual transmission! Also, only 1 camera view !??? WHATT!?

Every single f*cking racing game has these basic features!!!!

I want my money back for this POS. This game could of been SO good...

- A disappointed fan.

Zane
Zane

Agree so much on you. Its common sense to have manuel. EA screwed up

prazzi
prazzi

Pressed start at 11:00, haven't stopped playing. Took the day off tomorrow, game is fucking awesome. Great job.

Ionut C
Ionut C

As many did repeat before me, change the camera while taking turn and drifting, it's annoying as hell seeing like that the game view only from the trailers and some beta videos

Eg6tez
Eg6tez

You can turn the drift camera off in game thankfully

Ginsufrenzy
Ginsufrenzy

No automatic transmission? Are you kidding me I'm done with nfs, you've completely lost my $119.99nzd because you didn't write a simple script that differentiates between an algorithm and 2 buttons changing our gears, massive let down


Julien
Julien

You guys really need to update the game as soon as possible so that manual is an option. No car enthusiast or racing fan is going to want to play a racing game with automatic transmission only. I pre-ordered this game not even thinking that it would be automatic only. I just assumed that EA already knew that manual transmission was a necessary thing. I hope they change it, or else I wasted my 80 dollars.

Te
Te

that makes no sense at all. literally every racing game ive played in the past 15 years had manual transmission. what are you doing


ekeken
ekeken

"where taking it back to urban car culture" but it's no manual, "classic need for speed is back" but theres no manual, i mean really? How can you say all those things and not have a manual option?  Such a sad deal breaker to me.... 

Eg6tez
Eg6tez

No manual transmission is un acceptable. It's one of the most basic options in any other racing game.

They have made the cars so customisable but have missed out one of the most important aspects of the game. How are we going to control drifts without being able to down shift eto.

If I had of known this before I pre ordered the game I wouldn't ofeel touched it

Eg6tez
Eg6tez

Excuse the auto correct lol

Furkettun
Furkettun

NFS and EA Please look at the amazing Forza Horizon and do the same add manual, cockpitview, wheel support, in your game you will not go wrong... you have so much potential with your amazing urban and night life racing with even the cops chasing you witch Forza does not have. You can be the King of street racing games. But if you dont do that allot of people will not buy the game including me, because there is no point of playing a game where you just have to press 3 basic buttons for gas and turning. I hope you get the point.

gamereviewrey
gamereviewrey

I would have to agree with Jadau

I think NFS would benefit greatly if they took a few pages out of the Genki series. I think NFS has a great platform, and have made really good games in the past. Need for Speed Underground 2 was a great game! I logged a lot of hours drifting my S2000 around the track with my friend. That along with the ability to drag made for many late nights and early mornings.

With the advancements of consoles, and the understanding of what the consumers wants, EA has all the tools to make a great game.

My thoughts:

1. Open worlds is an amazing idea, I think people would enjoy just exploring the worlds and interacting with the environment and other players in the world. I think it would be awesome if there were options to have meets where you can drag or do highway pulls against the cpu or other players online. Build your reputation by having the fastest car, or being a great drifter Just a thought.

2. The experience of the game shouldn't be contingent on having a Xbox live gold membership. Like I mentioned above, I believe NFS has had (in the past) a great platform. Going through the story mode or doing circuits, sprints, or running from cops for respect points, gives the NFS purist something to play for hours on end without having to commit to a live membership.

3. Manual shift definitely needs to be an option. You can't have a proper racing game without an option for manual transmission.

I would love to get back into the NFS series. I'm not a big fan of simulation racing games I.e. Forza, and I love the ease and feel of the arcade style racing I get from NFS. BUT, I feel the community needs just a little bit more. The information is present, and I feel the developers have the blueprint to really make a fun and addictive racing game.

MadMo110
MadMo110

No manual trans? Then no more Need for Speed excitement. That is the #1 way I drifted around corners in all the other NFS's that had it in the past. I've owned every single, yes every single NFS. Still own NFS 2 and the NFS:Underground but when they got rid of manual trans they lost a loyal customer. Thank you EA for bringing out the lame in the NFS series 

SRMan
SRMan

You lost my sixty bucks. No manual trans, but you can change your sound system? Speedhunters, if you wanted to help, you would have told the devs that we definitely need to change our own gears. I mean, are your guys' cars automatic? No. EA wants to win us over with "car culture", but they're so far from it. Just because manuals are dying in real life doesn't mean we have to simulate it's death in games too.

2much4
2much4

So after reading this I'm shocked. I have always been a fan of underground 2. Also an advocate for the name because of titles like these. You would think it takes a rocket science to make what people want. A remake of underground 2 would most likley sell about 25.6% more copy's than this. That would really help the franchise get back on track. Why waste your money coming up with something new when the people are asking for what they had. It's no doubt Nfs has gone down hill I'm just dumbfounded in the simplicity of what people are asking for and the company that has still failed. Get back to the basics stop worrying about getting bigger and get better. Listen to the people!

Pete
Pete

we need a manual, i just found out the horrible news.... looks like i might sit this one out. even underground 1 and 2 had manual


Robert
Robert

Drifting on Auto transmission? ROFLMAO, this can't be true, you can't expect to force us to drive on auto. Is this a game for infants or what? EA is "so intelligent" they are losing like 30-50% of their customers because of this non-sense. Bravo!

Spaniard
Spaniard

Dude... WTF at no manual transmission. Is this a joke or what? How HARD is to give us the OPTION to choose either manual or automatic? I'm by no means an expert on programming, but I guess it's not too difficult since almost EVERY GAME ON HISTORY has got manual transmission option. Dang I'm too screwed because of this... This game looked fantastic and now it feels like a bg joke.

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