The Next Need For Speed Won’t Have An Online Connection Requirement

by Robert Workman


2015’s Need For Speed game wasn’t that bad. It tried to immerse us in some kind of Fast and Furious racing culture, while at the same time delivering with a number of impressive events. But some players felt a little turned off by the need to be online with the game all the time – you couldn’t even take part in a free ride without the requirement of a connection.

However, this year’s entry in the long-running racing series won’t have such a commitment on its hands. The forthcoming game, which will be officially announced at the EA Play event next month, coinciding with E3, will not require an online connection this time around. “When release day rolls around for the next Need For Speed, you will be able to play through a single player experience completely offline,” the developers at Ghost explained. “Before you ask, and we know you will, this does mean you will be able to pause the game.”

But that’s not all. The team will also take heavy emphasis on customization this time around, so you can stoke out your ride with even smoother looks than ever before. “Rest assured that we’re committed to customization having a home within the Need For Speed series,” the developer explained. “It’s not going away and it will play as strong a role as ever as we move forward into the next game and beyond.”

The world will also be a lot bigger in this next Need For Speed game, with plenty to explore. "Whether you're checking out your freshly customized ride or smoking the competition in an event up in the canyons, you're going to want a world that not only looks beautiful, but offers you the space in which to do the things you want. We’re dialing up the action and allowing you to tear up the tarmac, and dirt, to your heart's content."

We're eager to see what comes of the game, but hopefully it’ll take more of a classic Underground approach rather than trying to reinvent itself again. We just want that old-school feeling back – y’know, the one where we’re kicking butt in a sleek sports car.

Need For Speed 2017 will release later this year, likely for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.

By Robert Workman

Robert Workman has spent years working in the video game industry, for sites like Shacknews, AOL GameDaily and Marooners Rock. He's also very skilled in contributing to podcasts and video broadcasts, and can pretty much out-game you under the table. Oh, and just go ahead and ask him about glorious craft beers. Go on, ask him.