EA has announced the next title to the Need For Speed franchise, Need for Speed Rivals.
Developed by an all new studio, Ghost Games, and built on the Frostbite 3 engine, EA states that “Need for Speed Rivals captures the adrenaline and intensity of the street’s ultimate rivalry between cops and racers, in a stunning open road environment”.
EA also mentions that 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.”
Need for Speed Rivals centres around a new online feature called AllDrive, which allows gamers to seamlessly transition from playing alone, to playing with friends, eliminating the line between single player and multiplayer. Online friends will alsol be able to enter and exit races on-the-fly.
Need for Speed Rivals is coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on 21 November, 2013. It will also be released on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later in the year.