Need for Speed Heat is coming this November!
We’ve known that a new Need for Speed was in the works for some time. We’ve also known it would be called Need for Speed Heat since last July due to a leak on an Austrian games site. We even knew that it would be unveiled later this month at this year’s Gamescom convention.
That said, Need for Speed fans should still be blown away by the new trailer that just dropped a few hours ago.
Heat will feature an open world map as with previous Need for Speed titles, and it will have the same sort of immersive narrative as with Payback. The difference will be an increased emphasis on car customization and authentic "urban car culture".
Which is to say underground street racing.
Players will drive around in beautiful Palm Beach "where street racers have gathered to make their names known." Judging by both the name of the game and the name of the city, Palm Beach is likely a stand-in for Miami. During the day you'll race in "sanctioned" street races to earn cash, and then at night you'll run in underground tournaments to build "rep."
There's also a bad guy element to this game. A rogue police task force is roaming the streets and will shakedown racers with as much force as they deem necessary.
“Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customization, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect,” said Ghost Games creative director Riley Cooper. “From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fueling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”
Along with the new trailer, EA has a few pre-order goodies to entice would-be street racers. Order the standard edition of Heat and you'll get a special K.S. Edition Mitsubishi Evolution X, while the Deluxe Edition comes with three K.S. styled cars: a BMW i8 Coupe, a Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe, and a Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport.
And if you owned the most recent Need for Speed game, Payback, you can order Heat from an in-game screen to get a 10% loyalty discount.
We'll get our first look at NSF Heat on August 19th at Gamescom Opening Night. Heat releases on Xbox One, PS4, and Windows PC on November 8th.