When developer Ghost Games "rebooted" Need For Speed, it wasn't that great. So when publisher EA announced a new one was coming, the news was met with somewhat of a collective yawn. Ghost Games said last year it was evaluating feedback on the reboot and wouldn't say too much about the new game other than it would come sometime in 2017. But good news, everyone, we now have a new update.
The big news is that the new title will have a single-player offline mode. Apparently, fans weren't too happy with the "always online" requirement. "To say that this is a topic you're passionate about would be an understatement, and whenever there’s a topic that gathers as much attention and feedback from you as this did, we take note, the developer said in a blog post. "So, when release day rolls around for the next Need for Speed, you will be able to play through a single player experience completely offline. Before you ask, and we know you will, this does mean you will be able to pause the game."
It also promised plenty of customization. "We love it, you love it, everyone loves it. What’s not to love? Rest assured that we’re committed to customization having a home within the Need for Speed series. It’s not going away and it will play as strong a role as ever as we move forward into the next game and beyond."
It promised that the game would be out "by the end of 2017" and promised more info "very, very soon." With EA Play coming early next month around E3, we can probably expect Ghost Games and EA to loosen their lips a bit more about what fans can expect from the game. Hopefully, it will "get back to its roots," which seems to be the current buzz phrase for some franchises that have strayed from what made them popular in the first place.