A short gameplay clip of the upcoming Need for Speed title has seemingly leaked.
The work in progress footage below (via Reddit) shows a car crashing while attempting to jump through an obstacle. It also includes various visual effects which line up with previous reporting that the game will feature a photo-realistic art style mixed with anime elements.
EA confirmed in May that next mainline game in the Need for Speed series would be released in the fourth quarter of 2022.
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It’s now being claimed by Giant Bomb reporter Jeff Grubb that the game’s release window has been moved internally from this November to December.
“They delayed it to December, one month,” he said. “They’re going to take a few extra weeks before showing it off. It seems that Criterion just got sidetracked a little bit, way back when it was working on Battlefield and that had a ripple effect.”
The game will reportedly be set in a fictionalised version of Chicago called Lake Shore City.
EA announced in February 2020 that it had handed Need for Speed development duties back to Criterion Games as it planned to restructure Ghost Games, which made the previous four entries in the racing series
UK-based Criterion is best known for the Burnout series and has also developed two previous Need for Speed titles: 2010’s Hot Pursuit and 2012’s Most Wanted. It also contributed to 2013’s Need for Speed Rivals.
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