Need for Speed Rivals hits the stores again as a "Complete Edition and will be released on October 21 in North America and October 24 in Europe.
This should fill the gap until the next NFS in 2015, for which EA/Ghost Games wants to invest more time in the development.
Compared to the version released in 2013, the Complete Edition contains all six DLCs:
Ferrari Edition Special Compete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of these extreme machines - The Ferrari F40 and the Ferrari F50.
Simply Jaguar Complete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of the Jaguar C-X75, the most advanced Jaguar ever created, and the Jaguar XJ220 - the world’s first Hypercar.
Concept Lamborghini Complete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of the astonishing Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo and the stunning Lamborghini Miura Concept.
The Koenigsegg Agera One – The Koenigsegg One:1 is in a category of its own. It´s not a Supercar, not a Hypercar…It´s a One:1. The name refers to the almost impossible and highly sought-after ratio of one horsepower per kilogram.
Complete Movie Pack – Includes Cop and Racer versions of the GTA Spano; and Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Plus, the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR 722 Edition as a Cop and the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster 722 S as a Racer.
Loaded Garage Pack – Complete your vehicle collection with the Loaded Garage Pack which includes the Ultimate Cop Pack, Ultimate Racer Pack, Premium Livery Pack, Classic Muscle Livery, Track Day Livery, VIP Matte Kit Livery and Digital Revolution Livery.
And of course there is a new trailer announcing the product:
EA Access will be rolling out to 19 additional countries and to celebrate Need for Speed Rivals joins the party!
EA Access is a "gaming flatrate" for Xbox One, which allows you to play selected games for a small fee per month. With NFL 25, FIFA 14, Battlefield 4 and Peggle 2 the portfolio now gets an extension.
The program is already available in Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States. Later this month it will be extended to Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Chile, Colombia, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, UAE, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and Greece.
Need for Speed Rivals, which was released last year, may will be revived as a Game of the Year Edition! Apparently the german website of Amazon.de lists two new games for Xbox One and Playstation 4, which will be released on October 23rd, 2014.
The next Need for Speed is currently in development and is planned for a release in 2015, so it is suggests itself to bring out a fill-in game to shorten the wating time, but it is not known yet what contents the NFS Rivals "Game of the Year" has to offer. Possibly it will contain the previously released add-ons.
Also, the price of 69.99 EUR may not be carved in stone, there wasn't any official announcement from Electronic Arts yet, so everything is just speculation at this point...
Apparently Ghost Games is currently looking for a Narrative Director to support the team developing the next Need for Speed. Maybe a sign that this time the game will be wrapped around story, guiding the player through the game?
Ghost is now looking for a Narrative Director to join the team. As a Narrative Director you will be reporting to the Senior Producer and be responsible for how story is told in the game, how it enhances and supports the gameplay and creates emotional connections in the game. This is crucial in creating a compelling game experience.
The next Need for Speed is being developed by Ghost Games, who gave their debut with Need for Speed Rivals. For the next NFS they are given more time to develop the game, the release date is planned for 2015.
Gamespy shuts down its services on May 31st, 2014. GameSpy handled the online-multiplayer services of several games, which won't be playable online multiplayer after this date. (excluding direct ip-connections)
The following Need for Speed games are affected:
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 für PC
- Need for Speed: ProStreet für Nintendo DS
- Need for Speed: Undercover für Nintendo DS
Electronic Arts is evaluating options to keep services up and running, but doesn't have a solution yet. There are many technical challenges and EA is even investigating community-supported options to preserve online functionality for these titles, such as multiplayer.
Presumably a patch would rather be released only for fan favorites like Battlefield 2, Battlefield 1942, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault and Command & Conquer games.
This year will be no Need for Speed, instead the developer Ghost Games wants to invest the time in developing a good game to be released in 2015:
Everyone here at Ghost Games in Gothenburg feels passionate about the Need for Speed franchise and Rivals was just the first step for us. We exist to make games that are constantly improving games that push the boundaries of technology and innovation. Most importantly, we exist to make games that excite our fans.
We are already deep in development on our next game and want to make this promise to you: we will listen to you. We’re going to give you the game you’ve been asking for. It will be the game you deserve, but to do that will take us some time.
We’ve made the decision to not release a Need for Speed in 2014, so we can work towards a highly innovative Need for Speed in 2015. An experience built on a foundation we know you’ll greatly look forward to.
In the hope of getting a sophisticated Need for Speed, formed by feedback from the community, I'd say it's worth the time waiting until 2015. Stay tuned in the next months for more information.
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