It’s normal for details of big-name video games to come out just a bit at a time, and EA’s reboot of the Need for Speed franchise certainly qualifies as a big name. So we’ve been getting a bit here and bit there, mostly about the game’s mechanics for modifying cars, as well as generous helpings of some genuinely impressive graphics. With this latest trailer, we get a look at how all of this fits into the Need for Speed world. Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say how it fits into the real world, because several real-world automotive personalities show up in the game.

There have been a lot of Porsche 911s in the trailers thus far, and this one continues the trend, but now we know why. Both Magnus Walker and Nakai-san of Rauh-Welt Begriff (RWB) are in the game, and both are big names in aftermarket Porsches, even if that fame sometimes comes in the form of negative attention. Another personality you’ll recognize is Ken Block, who appears to have brought his “Hoonicorn” 1965 Ford Mustang Gymkhana 7 with him as well. Morohoshi-san shows up too, and so does the Risky Devil crew, so you’ll be in good company.
In fact, you have to "satisfy" all of these personalities in their respective specialties to progress.

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Why it matters

The press release that accompanied this trailer made the claim that the game blurs the line between live action film and in-game. This is hardly a unique claim; it’s been made countless times from about the time of the first CD-ROM games, but it does have to be said that a lot of attention seems to have been paid to the story, especially considering that a lot of driving games don’t even bother with stories at all. The addition of the automotive celebrities is interesting, but in a way that would probably require actually playing the game to really get a handle on. Here’s hoping it works, because this reboot is certainly a very ambitious game.

Press Release

Ghost Games™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, announced today the car culture icons who have inspired the narrative behind the reboot ofNeed for Speed™, and revealed how technology is blurring the lines between live action film and in-game.

Play as yourself in Need for Speed and witness the action from your own point of view as your entourage of friends and the icons entice you into the Five Ways to Play. Make choices that will determine your path through Ventura Bay as you build your reputation through the different styles of driving and progress on your journey to become the ultimate icon.

The real world automotive icons are the stars of today’s urban car culture and have inspired the stories behind the gameplay by how they express themselves on the streets every day.

Speed Icon - Magnus Walker collects and restores classic Porsche 911s. He is known for his highspeed driving and will push you to enhance your reputation through adrenaline-fuelled driving.

Style Icon - Ken Block is notorious for his style of aggressive driving, as he showcases in his phenomenal YouTube GYMKHANA series. Earn his recognition by mastering the art of precision sliding and jumping through corners and on the streets.

Build Icon - Nakai-san is the founder of RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF (RWB), a world renowned tuning and customizing company. Focus on creating that perfect customized ride as you look to impress him.

Crew Icon - Risky Devil are an infamous drift crew. These guys are the kings of close proximity driving and control. Ride in packs, inches away from wiping each other out as you get to grips with precise control and wild drift trains.

Outlaw Icon - Morohoshi-san doesn’t care how people categorize him, he just does what he wants. He’s often seen on the night streets rolling around in his customized ride. Risk it all as you mess with and escape from the cops to grab his attention.

“We’re honored to be working with these icons - they live and breathe the lifestyle we’re looking to recreate and have been such an inspiration to the team as we return Need for Speed back to greatness,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games. “We wanted to create a powerful story that’s emotional but also pushes the boundaries of technology by adding real-time compositing to the power of Frostbite. This allows us, for the first time ever, to blend live action film seamlessly with your in-game car and garage.”

Taking inspiration from the film industry, the addition of real time compositing has allowed Need forSpeed to offer a unique narrative for every player. Your customized car will feature in the live action sequences, showcasing personal choice within the game and blurring the lines between live action and in-game.

See the Need for Speed Gamescom trailer <> and visit www.needforspeed.com for more information on the game and the icons.

Need for Speed launches November 3 in North America, and November 5 worldwide on Origin™ forPC , PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Join the Need for Speed conversation on Facebook, YouTubeand Twitter®. Press assets for Need for Speed are available at http://info.ea.com.

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