Need for Speed: Rivals announced, coming to current and Next-Gen consoles this fall

Today EA announced the next release in the Need for Speed Franchise, Need for Speed: Rivals.  It is being developed by Ghost Games, in partnership with Criterion (Criterion has developed Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Hot Pursuit).  Rivals will run on DICE’s Frostbite 3 engine and looks just plain stunning.  The first trailer, with all in engine footage, can be seen below.

According to a press release from EA today “In Need for Speed Rivals, gamers play as either a cop or racer, where each side of the law has its own set of high stakes challenges, rewards and consequences. As a racer, the goal is to become infamous for taking risks behind the wheel and capturing your most intense escapes on video for the world to see. The more cops players evade, the more Speed Points they collect, enabling them to unlock new cars and items. Keep raising the stakes race after race to become an ever-more valuable target to the cops — but risk losing it all if busted. As a cop, players work together as part of a team in pursuit of racers, earning prominence and rising in the ranks of the Police Force with every bust. Achieving higher ranks unlocks new police-only cars and more powerful pursuit tech.”  Judging purely from this description, the game seems a lot like the Criterion’s 2010 release Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  The formula worked quite well in Hot Pursuit and gave what I feel is the best Need for Speed since Underground 2.  

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The Ferrari F12berlinetta will be one of many Ferrari’s in Rivals.

One major returning feature is the ability for players to customize their cars.  The game will allow you to personalize your ride with new paint jobs, liveries, custom license plates, rims, and decals (though I’m guessing this only applies when you are a racer, as a cop car still has to look like a cop car).  Ferrari will also be returning to the Need for Speed games this time, with the F12berlinetta being shown off today.  I’m confident that more of Ferrari’s car will be shown off in the days leading up to it’s launch. 

Rivals also has a pre-order bonus already announced with the Ultimate Cop pack.  The pack will come with Exclusive access to the Nissan GT-R Black Edition, early access to level 2 gadget tech and exclusive livery options.  While I do not recommend you pre-order right away, these are a nice bonus for early adopters. 

Need for Speed Rivals will be coming to Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 on November 19th of this year.  Their will likely be additional news for the game coming out of E3 this year, so stay tuned here for the latest developments.

by, Bobby Marqaurdt

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