Electronic Arts could be gearing up to make a Need for Speed announcement on October 5. In a series of images posted by the Need for Speed Twitter account on Friday, 510 is emblazoned on car number plates and road signs, possibly pointing to a reveal on 5/10/20.
An in-development remaster of 2010’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was recently rated, despite still being unannounced by publisher EA, suggesting that a release for the title could be imminent.
the remastered version of the Criterion racer was first outed in a VentureBeat report in June, then listed by Amazon UK for release on multiple consoles—including Switch—on November 13.
EA tease Need for Speed announcement for next week
Hot Pursuit is set in the fictional county of Seacrest, which is based on the American states of California, Oregon, and Washington. The game was the first Need for Speed to feature Autolog, the social interaction system that connects friends for head-to-head races and compares player stats.
eA announced in February that it had handed Need for Speed development duties back to Criterion Games as it planned to restructure Ghost Games, which developed the last four entries in the racing series.
And during June’s EA Play event, the publisher offered the first look at some of its in-development projects for next-gen consoles including Need for Speed, which it said will offer “a seamless immersion which gets you into the race in a matter of seconds”.
however, that rolled into an interesting headscratcher. While talking about next-gen console capabilities, Miele spoke over the top of a second clip. This showed fast loading — a characteristic both console makers have lauded, courtesy of their SSD hard drives — in action, but it featured Need for Speed Heat.
EA Teases the Next Need for Speed Game
Need for Speed: Payback and Vampyr are this month’s PlayStation Plus games, available to subscribers from October 6. This could suggest that EA was merely experimenting with existing code on next-gen console dev kits, or that the SSD will benefit any game regardless of whether it’s optimized for the console or not.
We’ll likely have to wait a good deal longer to find out what Criterion has up its sleeve. Until then, you can watch the clip below, starting at just after the 45-minute mark.