Bit of a weird one this - EA has removed any and all traces of previous Need for Speed games from its YouTube channel. It comes at an interesting time too, with the announcement of the franchise's next iteration set for tomorrow.
Head on over to the official Need for Speed YouTube channel right now and you'll find a single video listed, the premiere of the next Need for Speed title. It means that EA has very recently scrubbed all official video proof of previous entries from its account, which raises a few interesting questions. It lends weight to the idea that this year's instalment is a complete reboot of the series, with the publisher attempting to avoid confusion over which game is which. There is, after all, a 2015 game simply called Need for Speed. We don't think it's much of a big deal, but it is a discussion we've seen surrounding the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Don't worry though, we're not planning on scrubbing our database of Need for Speed games should you forget what came before this 2019 entry. Just use the Push Square search function to take a trip to the past! Do you think this actually means anything? Park in the comments below.
[source youtube.com, via resetera.com]
They've gotta be rebooting it right? I guess it makes sense — EA had basically wrecked the series anyway.
That or its gonna be so bad that EA wants to hide all the good games by the way the headline gave me a heart attack i thought you ment EA was delisting all old games from the stores.
With the track record they've had recently, I'd want to erase it too.
If it's a reboot, it better not just be titled "Need for Speed". It's confusing and lazy.
It's also the series' 25th anniversary this year. It sounds like EA is rebooting things.
Maybe the new instalment will be set on snowboards and called SSX?
Really want this to be good. Seriously just copy Forza Horizon, add Cops and be done with it!
all ea had to do was keep criterion on the series and let them go wild. nope, that was too much for ea to handle. the fall of need for speed was ineviatable in their hands. it would help if they didn't release so many of them, either, and limited a sequel to every 3 years.
Might as well combine Call of Duty and Devil May Cry and call it. NfS: Need For Speed.....
You could easily avoid confusing by just, like, I dunno, using different names for sequels.
@KnightWolf shhhh!, don't give them any ideas
Probably too late ........
Need for Microtransactions
@kyleforrester87 Not snowboards, but skateboards. They'll call it Skate.
When they heard kids used to like slot car racing they thought slot machines not Scalextric sets...
"There is, after all, a 2015 game simply called Need for Speed"... and the original back in 1994.
Let’s hope it’s a reboot and a good one because I’ve not touched a NFS game for a long time now.
I will be interested in this if Criterion is making it. Otherwise I genuinely do not care.
I wouldn't put it past EA to simply call it simply Need for Speed when we got two games called Need for Speed: Most Wanted last gen.
I'd quite like a Need For Speed Collection, featuring games from the PS2/GC era and a few later games (Hot Pursuit 2010) but it would never happen, one because of the music licenses and two, because EA seem to hate delving into their back catalogue, despite the money it could bring (ahem a Dead Space Collection). EA are such a frustrating company.
25th anniversary eh? Maybe my dream will come true and they'll remake all ps1 and ps2 need for speed games and put all remade tracks, cars and everything else into one glorious game.
@Porco then that would mean only around 2 NFS games in a console generation. That just cannot do, EA likes money too much to allow that.
@redd214 That would be terrible, you are obviously not a nfs fan
@OLA Awwww, you joined just to say that to me, im flattered!!
You're right though, I'm probably not. I've only been playing nfs games for 25 years, of the 20+ nfs games that have come to PlayStation consoles over that time I've only skipped one, still buy every one one launch day full price no matter how panned it is from critics (The Run/2015 etc) , have platinumed/100% all of the ps3/ps4 games (even got the Plat twice with rivals in both versions), but yeah you're right I'm TOTALLY not a fan of the franchise LOL!
I bet you knew I'd say put it in VR.
Just saw the article about Konami's downfall above this.
Are we going to see EA's downfall soon as well?
I mean they just don't have any franchises of the caliber of Activision's, Capcom's, Rockstar's, Warner Bros' or Bethesda's (I don't know about Ubisoft, Ass Creed must be quite expensive to make and how much do it sell in the end - Square Enix has Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest - and Tomb Raider ).
Battlefield isn't that series more or less dead by now. I think it's Fifa themselves that makes most money out of the Fifa series.
Anthem bombed. Dead Space is long dead and gone. Same with Medal of Honour. Do they have Sims? And maybe some realtime strategy series like Red Alert?
How on earth are EA gonna compete on PS5 when AAA games just cost more and more to produce?
The new Star Wars looks almost last gen, because it's probably just to costly to make it look any better. But will people be content with a game that looks a bit like old news?
I'm not so sure, but I guess time will tell as they say (but I will remember to buy some cheap microwave popcorns to treat myself with, while I'm watching it all span out).
Who still cares about NFS?
@shgamer Madden and Fifa make too much money.
I am not surprised by this kind of "tactics" of "Marketing", in other franchises the same thing has happened, they simply announce a new game, and the website is redesigned completely removing all information from previous games (Japanese web site of Summon Night is a example).
Well, wait for tomorrow's announcement.
For me, a trick that companies should do if they want to develop AAA games without spending too much is simply: stop following the "novelty" of super graphics and focus on optimizing the development of those games: there are games that do not take up much memory, They do not require too many hardware requirements and they play as well as an AAA game, of course, they will not look so "beautifully" great in the visual, but if they know how to program, they will not need to spend a lot and they can, let's say, "fool" for that the game looks great; but, well, that's my opinion, and they'll know what to do, it's their business ...
I fell asleep after "EA"...
@sajoey they should be given the franchise and start making games again
I agree very much. I think Capcom took that way with RE 7, REmake2 and Devil May Cry 5, because they figured they couldn't compete with Call of Duty etc.
But then I think you need some really iconic franchises to do that.
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