Update 2: The official Need for Speed Heat forum has been made live on EA's website, revealing the game's official key art (via Reddit) and confirming its name and overall aesthetics.
The artwork, which can be viewed below, showcases the Chevrolet Corvette C7 being chased down by a police car with purple chevrons behind it. It appears the American sports car will act as the hero car for Need for Speed Heat.
Update: Need for Speed Heat is the official name for EA’s next action-driven open-world racing game. The news comes from the pre-generated thumbnails associated with the official reveal trailer posted earlier today onto the Need for Speed YouTube channel.
Higher quality variants of these thumbnails were later shared onto the game’s Reddit page, and have been posted below for your convenience.
The logo shown for Need for Speed Heat in the thumbnail gives Miami and 1980s vibes, suggesting the setting for EA’s next street racer vs. cop fantasy game. Obviously, this is only speculation from the image, and all will be revealed tomorrow.
Stay tuned for the official reveal of Need for Speed Heat at 3pm BST (10am EDT, 7am PDT).
The original story can be found below.
EA will unveil the next instalment in its Need for Speed racing franchise later this week. In a teaser posted on the game’s official website, a countdown has been shared – leading to an official reveal on Wednesday, August 14th at 2pm BST (9am EDT, 6am PDT).
In addition to the teaser, EA has also blacked out its official social media pages and has even wiped its Instagram account clean of any previous posts. The publisher has also unlisted all its YouTube videos on the official Need for Speed channel, with the following reveal trailer scheduled to drop on Wednesday taking their place.
EA opted to skip showing the game at its EA PLAY event earlier this year in Los Angeles, CA, instead choosing to reveal its upcoming Need for Speed installment later in the Summer.
“Our goal is to deliver a truly memorable high-speed entry into the 25 years of NFS, rather than a series of promotional events. The game matters most – a sentiment we bet you share with us,” said Ben Walke, Need for Speed Community Manager. “With that, know that we’re here, we’re building an amazing game that we can’t wait to show off, and the next time we talk, we’ll be packing our bags and heading south for the full unveiling.”
In an earnings call with investors last May, EA CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed that a new Need for Speed title would launch on PC and consoles later this year, teasing that it would be “revitalizing the street racer vs. cops fantasy at the core of the franchise.” The executive also noted that the title is expected “to sell around 4 million units, in line with past performance of the franchise.”
Whilst Need for Speed 2019 will be the fourth entry into the franchise to be developed by Ghost Games, it will also be the first to not feature Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson at the helm, who founded the studio in 2011 to take over development of the Need for Speed franchise following the release of Need for Speed Most Wanted in 2012 – the final entry that saw Criterion Games as the series’ lead developer. Nilsson departed Electronic Arts last year following the release of the studio’s latest title, Need for Speed Payback.
Ghost Games, which has studios located in Gothenburg, Sweden, Guildford, UK and Bucharest, Romania, released its first Need for Speed entry in 2013 with Need for Speed Rivals. It followed that with an Underground-style reboot of the franchise in 2015 that was simply called Need for Speed before later releasing a more action-focused driving sequel in 2017 known as Need for Speed Payback. Following the release of Need for Speed Rivals, the open-world racing game franchise switched from an annual release cadence to a two-year development cycle.
Lookout for the full official reveal of Need for Speed 2019 on Wednesday, August 14th, and be sure to check back on FullThrottle Media for all our coverage of the game following its debut.
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