Need for Speed series is set to return with Heat, but don’t get excited just yet

Get ready for the 24th installment in the long-running Need for Speed racing game series, Need for Speed: Heat, a new title that will be released this year for PC, PS4 and Xbox. Its release coincides with the franchise’s 25th anniversary, so we really do hope it’s going to be a good one - oh, and yes, that’s right, a quarter-century has passed since the 1994 launch of the first ever Need for Speed.

Need For Speed: Heat - Trailer

The trailer for this upcoming street racing title has dropped and it promises to deliver exactly what many of the other previous titles have delivered - action-packed racing, white knuckle cop chases, car customization and plenty of online stats to measure your progress against your friends’.

Publisher Electronic Arts calls Heat the “ultimate street racer versus cop fantasy,” where you can “hustle by day and risk it all at night in Need for Speed: Heat, a thrilling race experience that pits you against a city’s rogue police force as you battle your way into street racing’s elite.”

In other words, the game will take place in an open world, it will have a day racing scene and a night racing scene that will be quite different and police will play a very important role in the gameplay. In fact, police might play an even bigger role than in previous titles, and there may even be “rogue cops” to spice the gameplay up more.

Need for Speed: Heat - Gameplay

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The action Need for Speed: Heat will take place in a Miami, Florida-inspired open-world environment, an urban sprawl called Palm city. We don’t know any additional specifics right now, but we will learn more about the game world once the gameplay reveal will take place sometime during the first night of Gamescom, on August 19.

The game promises deep car customization that can radically change the look of a vehicle.

We’ll have to wait and see just how deep it all goes - will you, for instance, be able to rip out the hybrid powertrain of the Polestar 1 (one of the vehicles featured in the debut trailer), and turn it into a V-8-powered with only rear-wheel drive? This is the kind of depth some other open world racing titles grant their players, so it will be interesting to see whether or not EA has opted for something similar.

Need for Speed: Heat - Just Another Number?
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What we do know is the fact that the graphics look outstanding, based purely on what we’ve seen in the trailer. The cars look really detailed and the visual modifications you seem to be able to make to them also dramatically change their look. The Miami atmosphere is also beautifully captured, so even if there is a chance gameplay itself might just be a rehash of previous titles in the series, the graphics will be better than in any previous NFS title.

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