The new Need For Speed game was originally supposed to come out this year, but as every other game developer, EA is also re-evaluating their release date and window for the new NFS game due to pandemic related staffing issues. Let’s take a look at the delay period and everything else we know about the latest addition to the Need for Speed franchise.
Need for Speed is one of the longest-running game franchises of all time, and we can all agree that there is are some very good reasons behind it. While the more recent additions to the franchise have not been as noteworthy as the previous ones, 2019’s Need for Speed: Heat was a massively refreshing game, and showed us that EA does indeed still have the capability of producing a high-quality Need for Speed game. EA has handed back the job of developing the new Need for Speed game to Criterion Games, the sub studio that developed the game prior to 2013 when the job was handed over to Ghost Games. Fans are welcoming the return of Criterion since it may lead to a return to its roots for the Need for Speed franchise. However, the news is not all good when it comes to this shift in developer, since Criterion Games has also been tasked with developing Battlefield 6. All indications seem to be that Criterion has been asked to focus on Battlefield before Need for Speed, and as a result, the initial 2021 release date has had to be pushed back to 2022. For those of us who are yet to shift to a next-gen console, it will come as a huge relief that it has been confirmed by the Chief Studios Officer that the game will indeed be coming to current-gen consoles as well. We hope you are as excited as we are for the latest addition to the racing franchise of all our childhoods!