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There Is A Fourth, Mysterious Need For Speed Game In Development

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EA have hit the big, red reset button on the Need For Speed franchise. As we heard, three new games are coming. No, wait. Seems there are four new games coming.

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Blackbox - despite recent layoffs - still have the manpower and the time to work on not just NFS: World Online, but a "future action title in the franchise". Action? Since Shift is going the simulation route, Nitro the Mario Kart one and World Online the...online market, could he mean a return to the get-your-cans-out-luv, bright pink Honda racer boy theme of the last few games?

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EA Games' Keith Munro, meanwhile, has said the sudden reboot of the series has nothing to do with recent financial woes, and more to do with EA's recent move towards "crafting different games for different audiences and their unique tastes in the driving category".

EA Black Box doing secret NFS game [Eurogamer]

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DISCUSSION

Need For Speed Most Wanted

Add: Improved police AI and teamwork.

Add: Heavy performance customization. (I wasn't a fan originally, but now I'm getting into it.)

Add: Interesting Story (opt.)

Remove: Cheesy Acting

Remove: Mandatory Racing (IE: Requires "status" unlock.)

Remove: Intro Logos

The keyword in that list, EA is POLICE AI AND TEAMWORK. The police in Most Wanted is what made it so awesome. They were doing things we didn't expect, they were more realistic than ever before, and now they are becoming dated.