Need For Speed Rivals - Release date 11-19-13

Joined Nov 24, 2009

Since there are occasional videos being posted I figure i'd make a thread about it now.

Only Need For Speed series I like is Hot Pursuit editions so I haz excite.

Need for Speed: Rivals will feature similar gameplay to 2010's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit title in the Need for Speed franchise with exotic cars and high-speed police chases. Players take on the role of a racer or a cop, with each side of the law offering its own set of challenges, risks and rewards. Rivals will feature eleven upgradeable gadgets such as EMPs, shockwaves and the ability to call in roadblocks. The game takes place in fictional Redview County, an open world area that's host to scraps between cops and robbers. The open world will feature a similar set-up to 2012's Need for Speed: Most Wanted, with several jumps, speed traps and unlockable cars.

The game uses Autolog, the competition-between-friends system developed by Criterion for Hot Pursuit, and since used in other titles in the Need for Speed series. It will let players compare stats and challenge friends anytime, anywhere and share the accomplishments with both friends and rivals. Rivals features a new social system called AllDrive, which allow players to seamlessly transition from playing alone, to playing with friends, described as "destroying the line between single player and multiplayer". This will allow players to in engage co-op gameplay as well as play against each other. The game also features a dynamic weather system, which is "going to make the world feel alive in a much bigger sense than any other Need for Speed game."

Rivals will also take on some gameplay styles of earlier Underground titles in the franchise with cues on aesthetic vehicle customizations, as performance upgrades, paint jobs, decals, rims and license plates can be modified. The customization confirmed so far seems limited to texture-based changes (essentially livery decoration). With the exception of the Aston Martin Vanquish, other vehicles will only be available in either racer or police variant. Ferrari will officially return to the franchise in full form for the first time in eleven years Hot Pursuit 2 in 2002 (although they've appeared in 2009's Shift as Xbox 360-exclusive downloadable content) with the F12 Berlinetta being the first Ferrari vehicle confirmed.

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Joined Jul 19, 2012
Man why couldn't gta 5 just drop for ps4, now i gotta get 2 systems. :smh:

Looks fun though, haven't played NFS since the one with the BMWand blacklists, forgot the name.
Joined Nov 24, 2009
Customizing Your Ride In Need For Speed: Rivals​

You can play as an undercover cop in EA's upcoming racing title. How will you push the limits in Need For Speed’s open world?

At a pre-Gamescom press conference, EA talked about a new cop class called the undercover cop. As an undercover cop, you can customize sweet rides like a Porsche 911 GT3. Players can trick out their cars with different colors and liveries. Next, players will pick their speed list, which functions as a list of objectives you will have to complete. When you finish a speed list you gain money to use on new upgrades. Another way to make more money is betting on your skills after a race. When you win a race you can bank your points, but since you are still being pursued by the cops, so you can bet your points and earn extra money if you evade the cops. However, if you get caught, you’ll lose it all.

Need For Speed: Rivals looks great, and we’re looking forward to seeing betting our live savings when the game comes out for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 21.


formerly willchamberlain
Joined Nov 24, 2012
Nfs dub edition will always be my favorite. Had my whole hood coming to my crib to customize a car
Joined Nov 24, 2009
From the PS4 thread:

Need For Speed Rivals may look ‘a little’ better on one next-gen console than the other

Need For Speed Rivals will feature better graphics on one next-gen console than the other,
Ghost Games’ executive producer Marcus Nilsson has suggested – but refused to clarify which.

“What we’re seeing with the consoles are actually that they are a little bit more powerful than we thought for a really long time – especially one of them, but I’m not going to tell you which one," Nilsson told at Gamescom earlier today.

“And that makes me really happy. But in reality, I think we’re going to have both those consoles pretty much on parity – maybe one sticking up a little bit. And I think that one will look as good as the PC.”

Nilsson chose not to answer when asked whether he was referring to the PS4 version.

Pushing him on the subject further, I asked: “Does that mean that the PS4 version of Rivals will look better than the Xbox One version?”

“I think that both consoles will look pretty much on parity,” he replied, “but one of them might stick up a little bit.”

Though the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One share similar specifications, PS4 features faster GDDR5 memory over Xbox One’s DDR3.

Nilsson’s comments suggest that third-party developers may be looking to take advantage of the additional power of PS4, rather than deliver identical versions across both platforms.

Need For Speed Rivals will be available at the launch of both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this November.
Joined Nov 24, 2009
Need For Speed: Rivals is a living game, and a sign of things to come

Just a year after being handed over to Criterion, the Need for Speed franchise has a new steward, a studio created from the ground up specifically to make games for the franchise.

Starting with Need for Speed: Rivals, Ghost Games will oversee all things Need for Speed, while Criterion will move on to another, yet-to-be-announced title.

"Ghost is now leading Need for Speed and there will certainly be some announcements about how that will evolve and work in the near future," Marcus Nilsson, executive producer on the game, told Polygon. "Criterion is doing something else, but that doesn't mean they can't help us on this."

Specifically, an EA rep told Polygon, about 80 percent of Criterion are currently working on Rivals with the remaining group working on the new project.

Ghost Games' was formed about two and a half years ago in Gothenberg, Sweden Nilsson said. The studio, originally formed as EA Gothenberg and then rebranded last November, has since grown to about 100. The studio is made up of an assortment of experienced developers who come from a mix of studios including DICE, Criterion, Turn Ten and Bizarre Creations.

"They're from everywhere," Nilsson said, who led development on two Battlefield games and Shift 2 Unleashed before helping to form Ghost.

Need for Speed: Rivals will be the second Need for Speed to use the Frostbite engine and the first to use the latest build of the engine, Nilsson said. The studio was staffed with that in mind.

Nilsson said the studio was created to work on the Need for Speed franchise both because Criterion wanted to work on something else and to push the franchise forward.

"I think Ghost brings things to the Need for Speed franchise on many levels," he said. "I think we bring a strategy about how to think going forward, a different type of creativity and the experience from where we are coming from."

In Rivals, players will be able to take on the role of either a racer or a cop, selecting from and then completing an assortment of speed lists or assignments in order to level up their drivers.

In a short demo at Gamescom this week, Rivals senior producer Jamie Keen, walked press through three elements of the game: All Drive, customization and progression.

The idea behind All Drive is that the game is an open-world experience that seamlessly flows between single and multiplayer, assignments, challenges and just messing around.

In action, the game feels like a living world free of constraints or the typical gamification of fun. While players need to choose an assignment (or a speedlist if they're playing as racers), there's not much direction in the completion of this list of objectives. A checklist appears on the right side of the screen to remind players of what they need to do to complete the list, but they're not forced to, or directed how to.

Instead, players roam the world of Rivals looking for their own fun. As I cruised the roads of Rivals in a cop car, a dispatcher provided a running commentary on the things going on in the world around me. There was a high priority driver speeding along a particular road. Other police were in pursuit. A driver took down a cop.

The dispatch never directed me to incidents, but rather piqued my interest. If I wanted to get involved in what I was being told I could, if I knew the map well enough, just drive over there. If I wasn't as familiar, I could bring up the map, drop a marker and then get directions.

Heading to one particular pursuit, I found myself distracted repeatedly by other drivers, both AI and player-controlled, driving around me. At one point a much higher priority racer, his car marked with a flame and the number 15, zipped in front of me at an intersection. I decided to shift targets, wheeled in behind him and hit my lights. Once I turn the lights on in my cruiser, the game initiates a pursuit, allowing me to use my tools, like an EMP, against the driver.

In the course of five minutes the game seamlessly shifted me from single-player, driving to a sort of game-generated objective, to a player-created mission. It was amazing.

And it was just the tip of the iceberg. The game features a robust level of customization, the ability to progress naturally through levels and unlock items as both a racer and a cop. It also has a cool mobile app that adds an entirely new level of play to the game.

"You can be sitting on a bus or at home and you can see what friends are doing in the world," Keen said. "It feels really embedded in the core game."

The live map gives gamers a top down view of all of the game's action updated in real-time. And the Overwatch mode isn't about just watching, you can also reach into the game and either help or antagonize your friends.

Clicking on a player, Keen gave the car a bonus nitrous refill. Moving over to another player, he turned on a jammer, adding static to their screen.

"There are positive and negative things you can do to either side," he said. "Do I want to help or hinder this guy? You get to choose."

Nilsson is especially proud of the Overwatch mode and the potential to create emergent gaming that it provides.

"The Need For Speed network and Overwatch stuff are probably the biggest things we bring to the game," he said. "It was really, really early on in working on the Battlefield Battlelog.

"But I don't want to have just Battlelog for Need for Speed. This is all designed to fit into the experience, it's about driving a car instead of shooting people in the face. We are building this from the ground up."

In theory, for instance, players can see all of their friends live on that Overwatch map, even if they're playing on different platforms. An EA rep clarified that while the tech supports this, they haven't found out if the platforms will allow it. If they do, the potential that it creates, being able to observe a PS4 and Xbox One gamer racing at the same time down the same road in real-time, is enticing.

"You can create so many things, just simply by using the second screen," Nilsson said. "You can create game modes on the second screen only."

Enticing too is Ghost's take on what it means to be a Need for Speed game.

"Need for Speed felt more like a marketing-driven brand than a brand for gamers," he said. "I want to change that.

"We are moving toward more emergent, changing experiences," he said. "Point A to point B bespoke events aren't necessarily bad, but the future is with emergent, changing gameplay and playing with friends in an open environment.

"I want to create games with long tails. I want to create games where people play for a long time. I want to create games where it is a big part of their lives. One thing that's clear with Need for Speed and our strategy going forward, we are much more thinking about it as a live service."
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Joined Feb 14, 2007
NFS is a mixed bag for me, they can be really good or flat out suck but I'm gonna keep an eye on this one. With all the different types they come out with, I wish they'd just do a NFS Underground 3 already.
Joined Nov 5, 2012

I reeeeaaaallly hope they put the 2010 corvette zr1 on this game it needs it

and if they do im putn straight pipes on it
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