Need for Speed Shift Sequel 'Shift 2 Unleashed' Formally Announced

EA has today formally announced the the mysterious sequel to Need for Speed Shift that it had previously talked of in an August financial report. It's seemingly done away with the Need for Speed name as EA refers to the game only as Shift 2 Unleashed.

Developed by NFS Shift maker Slightly Mad Studios, Shift 2 Unleashed will boast "an all-new rendering engine with a massive graphics overhaul" as well as the 'Autolog' social suite seen in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. And cars you can drive quickly.

EA boldy claims that Shift 2 offers "an even more authentic and primal feeling of power and speed which elevates the fundamental competitive race into a struggle for supremacy against other drivers and even the track itself." Furthermore, it states that "players' hands sweat and ache as they clutch onto the controller, their pulse races from the break-neck speeds experienced through the first-person cockpit view." Right-o.

Shift 2 Unleashed is due on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in spring 2011.

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