Need for Speed Reboot Announced By Electronic Arts

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Need for Speed Reboot Announced By Electronic Arts

Street racing series to return after two-year break

Electronic Arts has revealed a new Need for Speed game, which the publisher refers to as a "full reboot" of the franchise. The game, which will simply be titled "Need for Speed," is currently in development by EA subsidiary Ghost Games, the same studio responsible for the most recent major entry in the franchise, Need for Speed Rivals.

A teaser trailer has been released with the announcement, with fast, shaky cam cuts of urban street racing complete with police involvement. The video concludes by announcing the first full trailer will be released June 15, the same date as the Electronic Arts E3 press conference.

The title is in development for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles and is planned for release in Fall 2015.

Need for Speed will be the 19th installment of the franchise on PC, which saw annual releases from 2002 to 2013. Last year, it was reported an unannounced title in the series being developed by Ghost Games UK had been put on hold following studio-wide layoffs.

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Well I'm sure that will please...um...someone.

Um...Maybe it's because I haven't paid attention to the series since Carbon but I really am going to just ask...

What is there to reboot? Has there been an on-going story between games or what?

Is "reboot" now shorthand for "cannot be arsed to come up with a new title name?"
None of the NFS's had any connecting story. Each plot was just 'generic undercover cop goes and street races all the stereotypes of street racers and...oh for god's sake just race already!'

Edit: There's probably betrayal in there too, because of course there has to be.

EditedEdit: Ok...if they go through with this, can I please suggest they change that american female voice over that introduces you in almost every game with that cool sexy "hey babe, you wanna play some racing? look at this city we got for you to squeal your manly rubber all over. Yeah ill be back to tongue your earhole through this whole sensual experience."
Anything different would be appreciated. A german barmaid, Pavarotti, A scouse fish wife. An.y...thing.

How do you reboot a racing game? How do you reboot a franchise that doesn't have an overlaying arc? How do you reboot Need For Speed, if they've already done drastic redesigns from game to game?

Do they think that the word "reboot" comes with some kind of unwritten expectation to simply just ignore all of the previous iterations? Would that even matter for this series?

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So then...by reboot, do they mean that it somehow ties into their lukewarm film of the same name? Will there be an ongoing story from game to game? Will there be dialog trees to unlock courses and cars? I'm really confused with how you reboot a racing game other than just by simply make the title the same as the first in the series.

Oh god, its bad enough for movies to do it.

But now they are rebooting Games?

Kill the trend before it starts!

So long as it continues to be facebook with cars I won't give a toss.

At least until they do a HD re-release of Most Wanted(the good one not the shit one).

Please let there be FMV cutscenes. PLEASE!

Need For Speed reboot... I can't wait for the Madden and Fifa Football reboots.

So, Reboot means in this case "being too lazy to come up with a proper sub-title and too egoistic to just stick a number on it" or "wanting to forget all previous installments and try to refuse their existence" as there is nothing to reboot in a series of unrelated games. What's next, a 'Reboot' of Pong? Counter-Strike? Tropico? Final Fantasy?
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Actually, knowing Squear Enix, the last one is probably happening within the next two or three years.

LucasGrimms:
Oh god, its bad enough for movies to do it.
But now they are rebooting Games?
Kill the trend before it starts!

Mortal Kombat, Thief, XCOM, Doom (twice now), Tomb Raider (one soft, one full),...
Living under a rock in the past decade?

How in the fuck do you reboot a series that never had a continuity in the first place (alright, alright, I know somebody will point out that Underground 1 and 2 and also Most Wanted and Carbon were connected to each other, but nevertheless).

I bet it uses frostbite, so the physics will be awful. It won't Beat NFS Carbon.

Dying_Jester:
Um...Maybe it's because I haven't paid attention to the series since Carbon but I really am going to just ask...

What is there to reboot? Has there been an on-going story between games or what?

This seems to be the question. It'd be like Rebooting FInal fantasy. I'm wondering if Reboot is just the new 'it' buzzword in these marketing meetings nowadays.

Unless there are some big changes, like it's in the future or takes place on Cybertron, then the only reason to call the new NFS a reboot is so they can get headlines and people talking about it, in which case mission successful (no such thing as bad publicity, remember?).

Azure Knight-Zeo:
(no such thing as bad publicity, remember?)

Except there is. If the publicity is "this is screwing people over, avoid at all cost" then people won't suddenly do that very thing out of curiosity - they'll stay the hell away from it.

Cool. Let me know when I can put speakers in the trunk again, maybe I'll care. Maybe it's because I spent my birthday money on Pro Street, maybe it's because the new MW was shite and EA broke Criterion's neck, but I've barely seen any gameplay of the newer ones. NFS was meant to be off the track.

Bindal:

Azure Knight-Zeo:
(no such thing as bad publicity, remember?)

Except there is. If the publicity is "this is screwing people over, avoid at all cost" then people won't suddenly do that very thing out of curiosity - they'll stay the hell away from it.

How is them "rebooting" the franchise screwing people over? It's a little asinine seeing as there was never a continuous franchise to be rebooted, but I don't think they're doing customers a disservice by doing so.

Scrythe:
How do you reboot a racing game? How do you reboot a franchise that doesn't have an overlaying arc? How do you reboot Need For Speed, if they've already done drastic redesigns from game to game?

Do they think that the word "reboot" comes with some kind of unwritten expectation to simply just ignore all of the previous iterations? Would that even matter for this series?

Maybe it's the new EA hot strategy running on the success of the Battlefront[It's-a-reboot-not-a-sequel-so-you-can't-compare-it-to-Battlefront2] announcements, And they've now decided that if they just call every single game they release a 'reboot' no one can criticize their work by looking to previous versions.

Less content than previous games? Don't worry, it's a reboot!
Less game-modes? Don't worry, it's a reboot!
Previously free gameplay being sold as DLC/Microtransaction? Reboot!
More bugs? Reboot!
More Expensive? Reboot!

It's all of the brand recognition with none of the quality requirements!

The Great JT:
Well I'm sure that will please...um...someone.

If it's close to Underground 2, damn I will be pleased. Very much so...

But how does one reboot a series of stand alone games anyway?

So, does reboot mean that they can recycle the same titles for the 3rd time, and confuse people even more?

fat american:

Bindal:

Azure Knight-Zeo:
(no such thing as bad publicity, remember?)

Except there is. If the publicity is "this is screwing people over, avoid at all cost" then people won't suddenly do that very thing out of curiosity - they'll stay the hell away from it.

How is them "rebooting" the franchise screwing people over? It's a little asinine seeing as there was never a continuous franchise to be rebooted, but I don't think they're doing customers a disservice by doing so.

You're not getting it, did you? There IS such a thing as bad publicity and screwing people over is one of these things. This, obviously, is NOT screwing people over, it's just EA being stupid aka being EA. Which is also bad publicity, as always.

*Snert*.

So, we're going to tie up all the loose threads from the deep, enduring story lines and characters NFS has brought us thus far?

...Or is it that the way we visualize and control a car has received such a revolutionary overhaul that nothing short of a "reboot" could allow the developers to achieve their vision?

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Or is it more that they've become confused by the run of numbers and colon-following subtitles, and need to start over...? Or perhaps they're trying to make us forget that they tried to make a movie out of this franchise?

Y'know, whatever. Howzabout you ease up on the PR sleight-of-hand and just make a decent game?

If this "reboot" doesn't have Aaron Paul in it, then I'm buying a copy of Need For Speed: Burnout instead...

Other than that, is Need For Speed: Burnout any good? I'm going to assume that it's going to be better than the "reboot" somehow...

Watch the reboot be a movie tie in game.

I haven't played NFS since the PC version of Hot Pursuit way back in the early aughts... Well that was the last time I played one I owned, I think I played a demo of some version a few years back on 360 but I've never been much of a racing game fan anyway... Except Midnight Club 1 & 2, those were fun at the time for some reason.
Meh, rebooting a franchise I don't care about? Doesn't bother me... besides its not like it had story or continuity anyway so how is it exactly rebooting? Reviving maybe?

Would prefer if Rockstar announced another Midnight Club, NFS Underground and the others felt a little empty compared to all the classes like Bikes, Choppers, old muscle cars and modern tuners in Midnight Club.

As long as it's good, EA. But, I'm holding my breath cause of you. That, and "all footage captured in game..." Oh fuck off. That's a lie and you know it. If this bombs, I can look back to NFS MW (2005 one, not the shit one) and smile at how good it actually was

Yeah, do they actually need "Reboot" in the announcement? Couldn't they have just said "A new Need For Speed game"?

So after rebooting 2 of the subseries in the franchise, they decide to reboot the whole franchise altogether. Yeah, sure, why the hell not.

This teaser does look like Underground though, only with cops. Also known as the original Most Wanted and Carbon.

This thing is getting dumber every second I think about it.

After reading the topic title I let out an audible "ugh" which pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter.

While I'm pretty excited to see NFS some back, I'm left with the same cocked eyebrow as the rest of you.
I really didn't like Rivals, mainly because of the whole "no pausing" thing. Yeah, I'm hatin' on a game for one thing, but that one thing is PAWZING DA GAIM.
Anyways.
Hey, more Need For Speed, not sure what "reboot" means but hey, more Need For Speed.

If it's anything like Underground 2, we'll finally get a proper good arcade-y street racing game.
I miss a fun night-time street racing games that has good music and a very good amount of in-game car mods options.
A game with Snoop Dogg, Rise Against, Queens of the Stone Age AND Paul Van Dyk in its soundtrack? NFS U2 was really fun.

I'm just gonna put this up here. Coolest intro song to a game EVAAAAAR.

Well, superficially it looks like they're going for the NFS:Underground aesthetic, which means this could still be the Underground 3 that was rumoured a while back.

But calling it a reboot is dumber than dumb. The only thing I can think is that they wanted to get back to the NFSU/U2/MW/Carbon type of games (i.e. the best and most popular, and thus likely biggest selling ones) but thought people might be scared of lockout if they saw a 3 on the end, or something.

I have no faith left in EA at this point, so I'm not really holding my breath for a game in the vein of Underground 2 or Most Wanted.

Very, very cautious opitimism would describe my attitude towards this, I think. But there's always the feeling that EA will find some way to fuck it up immensely.

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