Need for Speed The Run Brings The Story Back To Street Racing

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Yesterday we posted the leaked trailer for the next installment of Need for Speed, The Run. Today EA makes it official and tells us what's so special about this round of illicit, high stakes racing.

As McWhertor surmised yesterday, The Run is indeed the next installment of the Need for Speed series from EA's Black Box Studio. It's being built using Frostbite 2, the same engine that's powering the gorgeous Battlefield 3, so we can expect some stunning visuals and effects.


What else can we expect? The Run brings story back to the Need for Speed franchise, telling a continent-crossing tale that will have the game's protagonist (you) running from the cops as well as some shadier traffic enforcement organizations that'll do much more that toss a tire spike in front of your ride.

For the more competitive racer, The Run also sees the return of Need for Speed Hot Pursuit's Autolog, upgraded to provide a more enticing social gaming experience than ever before.

"This is the year that Need for Speed goes to the next level," said Jason DeLong, Executive Producer at EA. "We think that Need for Speed The Run is going to surprise people with its intense, thrilling story and big action feel. But the game would be nothing without hot cars and crazy-fast chases. So that is what we're delivering — explosive racing that will have players flirting with disaster at 200-miles an hour."

Need for Speed The Run will be available for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, Wii, and 3DS on November 1225 in North America, November 17 in Europe.

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"The Run brings story back to the Need for Speed franchise"

As in back to the first 6 NFS games or back to Underground? I'd love a game like one of the proper games, like NFS High Stakes, where the slogan was "Real Cars, Real Fast". No body-kitted nitro crap, just supercars escaping from supercar cops. And I want a lot less Burnout in this one (not that I don't like Burnout, it's just that the idiot-proof pursuit system in the most recent Hot Pursuit sucked).

I will also refuse to use Autolog. I didn't use it last time and I don't like the focus on "online social gaming".