This just in: NEED FOR SPEED, one of the fantastic racing titles for EA Sports, will return this year in 2008, after a very dismal performance with their title NFS:Pro Street, with open world racing, cop chases and similar features, along with a new Highway battle Mode.
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In a presentation to industry analysts today, EA Games president Frank Gibeau revealed that the next installment in EA’s racing franchises, Need for Speed, will return in 2008 (the franchise has been annualized since 2002’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2)and during the presentation, gave the analysts an early look at the direction EA would be taking with the next installment of the series.
Noting that sales of last year’s Need for Speed ProStreet didn’t live up to EA’s hopes for the game, Gibeau said he thinks it was because the series drifted too far from what consumers expected. ProStreet had dropped the tuner culture and police evasion aspects of previous installments in favor of perfectly legit closed track racing. For the next Need for Speed, Gibeau promised that the series would be getting back to its roots with a number of features, including open-world racing and a new highway battle mode.
Lets hope that EA have learned the lesson from their mistakes, that we dont want closed map racing. Rather, extreme tuning and modding with loads and loads of cops behind your tale on endless highways, in killer supercars, and a campaign story that really makes you want to finish the game.