Electronic Arts Announces Need for Speed: Shift 2, Sequel Racing to Retail in Early 2011

In its latest financial report, Electronic Arts has quietly announced another title in the Need for Speed franchise is currently in development.

According to the earning calendar, Need for Speed: Shift 2 is slated to release on consoles and PC between January and March of 2011. At the moment no other details for the title were revealed; however, we presume the game will continue in the direction of its simulation-style predecessor, from UK-developer Simply Mad Studios.

NFS: Shift 2 joins a crowded line-up of EA titles in early 2011, including the just delayed Crysis 2, Dead Space 2, Dragon Age 2, Darkspore, Fight Night Champion and the People Can Fly-developed Bulletstorm.

Currently, Criterion Games--known for the Burnout franchise--is developing Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, the latest game in the long-running driving series. And by "long-running" we mean, the seventeenth major title in the franchise's history ... and by seventeenth we mean, "too many."