The electronic Arts Need for Speed (NFS) series is presently being developed by Criterion Games, who also created Burnout. The players are tasked with completing various types of races while dodging the local law enforcement in police pursuits, with the series’ main focus being on illegal street racing. This is one of EA’s longest-running series that isn’t part of the EA Sports label. In 1994, the first game in this series, The Need for Speed, was launched.
EA Canada, EA Black Box, Slightly Mad Studios, and Ghost Games are just a few of the illustrious studios that have managed and developed games for the franchise over the years. The series has earned widespread acclaim from game critics and fans alike, and it has become one of the best-selling game series of all time, with over 150 million units sold.
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NFS Unbound Gameplay
According to rumours from Giant Bomb’s Jeff Grubb, the upcoming NFS game will feature an extremely different visual style than previous entries. “It will be photo-realistic, but on top of that, anime aspects,” Grubb asserts.
Grubb elaborated, “you know how sometimes in commercials for cars or whatever it is, the car will be driving around and then all of a sudden cartoon flames and whatnot will be coming off of it?” That seems to be the style they’re aiming for. Lake Shore Metropolis, a made-up city clearly modelled like Chicago, is supposedly where the action will unfold in the game.
The player steers a race car through a variety of races, and the aim is to come out on top. This basic premise is included in nearly every game in the NFS series. To gain access to new cars and courses, the player must first win a series of races in the game’s tournament/career mode.
The player selects a vehicle, and either an automatic or manual transmission, before each race. All of the games in the series feature a multiplayer option where players can compete against one another in head-to-head races over a local area network (LAN) or the Internet. Need for Speed games has let you change the look of your cars from the inside out since Need for Speed: High Stakes.
Games in the series may share a name, but their themes and styles are very different from one another. Some games feature realistic simulations of car behaviour (physics), while others have more forgiving physics, and some allow the cars to sustain mechanical and visual damage while others don’t allow any damage at all.
In Need for Speed: Underground, the franchise made the transition from racing sports cars on picturesque point-to-point tracks to a street racing subculture centred on imports and tuners. This recurring element may be found in the vast majority of games that followed.
Need For Speed Unbound leaks
Not only have gameplay videos for Need for Speed Unbound been released, but the game’s logo as well. A green “Unbound” tag is spray-painted next to the Need For Speed emblem in this logo, which we won’t link to.
This fits in well with what we’ve seen in the game, especially the animated, drawing-like effects on vehicles. The game’s concentration on gritty urban environments rather than the shiny, futuristic buildings of Need for Speed Heat suggests a more gritty, organic atmosphere.
Also, the game’s first gameplay pictures, which showcase the game’s impacts on vehicles, were leaked through a retail listing (via Gematsu). We also get a glimpse of the highly stylized character art, which is bound to be a divisive design choice. Some will find it enjoyable while others will not.
As stated in the game’s official description, it will take place in Lakeshore and focus on the weekly qualifications for the ultimate street racing event, The Grand. Meetups where you may display your things, special edition gear, and more, as well as a toolbox of “energetic graphics and sound effects,” will be made available. Here you can get a better idea of how the game is played.
However, until we see the final product, this is all just conjecture. The game’s unveiling is coming soon, and with all this knowledge—about the release date, the gameplay, the new additions, and the leaks—you should be ready. And then later this year, look out for the release of Need For Speed Unbound!
NFS Unbound Release Date
Apparently, the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S will be the only consoles to receive Need for Speed Unbound at launch, with a PC release shortly following. An expected drop date of December 2, 2022, has been bandied about. So we’ll have to wait a while longer.
Need for Speed Unbound, according to Grubb’s podcast, is scheduled to be unveiled next week and released this year (December). Electronic Arts have been playing with eager fans by teasing them on the newly rebranded official Need For Speed Twitter account.
First screenshots of Need for Speed Unbound via Japanese retailer Neowing, which listed it early: https://t.co/q23uM1Ol7b
Launches Dec. 2. Currently only listed for PS5 (this is Japan—no Xbox physical edition). No PS4 version listed. Possibly new-gen-only? pic.twitter.com/aCWhuAh2oW
— Gematsu (@gematsu) October 5, 2022
NFS Unbound Trailer
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