Need for Speed Heat PS4

We're just about past all the not-E3 summer presentations now, and a notable absentee was EA. The publisher stated it would forego its usual EA Play Live showcase this year, instead announcing games when the timing was right. Well, it's sounding like July will be the right time for some of the company's biggest upcoming titles.

Reported by Tom Henderson, it seems EA is gearing up to formally reveal the next instalments in the Skate, Need for Speed, and FIFA franchises. We already heard whispers about the skateboarding title, but now it appears Criterion's arcade racer and the annual football game will also make their debuts in a matter of weeks.

Henderson cites anonymous sources, and goes into slightly more detail about what he's heard. Regarding the racing title, a name "floating around" is Need for Speed: Unbound, and it will adopt a mixed visual style featuring realistic cars and environments with stylised elements. He adds that cars will have visual flourishes such as "smoke, wind, and fire coming off the car when going fast, drifting, and more". The game also sounds like it'll have Burnout Paradise-style online multiplayer, in which you can meet up with other drivers and initiate races within the open world.

Obviously, this should all be taken lightly, but Henderson has a fairly reliable track record with stuff like this, so it could well be true. Do you think EA is on the cusp of making some long-awaited announcements? Discuss in the comments section below.