Electronic Arts announced plans today to reinvent the Need for Speed series. EA is launching three separate Need for Speed games: Core, casual and "Play 4 Free."
Need for Speed: Shift is EA's core take on the franchise. It's abandoning most of the "urban" vibe of the past few games in favor of a realistic simulation of both cars and drivers! According to EA, Shift is "Designed to deliver a true driver’s experience that reflects contemporary motorsports, Need for Speed SHIFT is built by racers for racers." It comes out this fall for the PC, PSP, PS3 and 360.
Need for Speed: Nitro is an arcade racing game that will feature vibrant and eye-catching visuals. EA says, "Gamers can build up their boost as they drift and drag behind their opponents and use it strategically to change the course of the race, but watch out for the cops! It's a Wii and DS game, coming this fall.
Need for Speed: World Online is the 'Play 4 Free' MMO to be released to Asia first. It will let players pick and mod licensed vehicles and take on the rest of the world in rubber burning races. Sounds pretty intriguing.
So which one do you want to play most? And what do you think are the chances of these game revitalizing the franchise?