Ghost Games, a division of EA, has announced the umpteenth entry in their popular racing series Need For Speed. We have compiled everything you need to know about Need For Speed Heat – trailers, important announcements, preordering info, and more – all in one place for your convenience.
August 19, 2019 – Official Gameplay Trailer
EA dropped this trailer at Gamescom along with some new information about the upcoming game and also unveiled the companion app, Need For Speed Heat Studio. They went into greater detail about the day vs. night racing; during the day, you can travel the open world to complete challenges, gather collectibles, and enter sanctioned races to earn currency to spend on your car. Nighttime sounds a little more reminiscent of GTA; you’ll compete in underground races to earn reputation, which is a bit like infamy in that the more you collect, the more aggressively the cops will pursue you.
They also showed off the cars will be available (you can see the full lineup here) and touted the improved customization options — which you can play around with right now in the app. Need For Speed Heat Studio is currently available for download via Android and iOS, so you can customize your ride now and have it ready for launch day.
August 14, 2019 – Reveal Trailer & Press Release
Ghost Games (an EA studio) announced Need For Speed Heat via press release along with an announcement trailer. The latest entry in the long-running racing series will take players to Palm City, a brand new open-world, where they will seek to make a name for themselves in the street racing scene.
By day, you’ll be a law-abiding citizen taking part in a sanctioned race called the Speedhunters Showdown where you’ll earn Bank to customize your car. By night you’ll earn Rep in underground races while avoiding a rogue police squad intent on swiping your earnings. The developers promise an immersive narrative, authentic urban car culture, and deeper customization.
“We’re delivering more options than ever before for players to be unique and make themselves known. Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”
Pre-order rewards include: a K.S Edition styled Mitsubishi Evolution X for the standard edition, and three K.S Edition styled cars (BMW i8 Coupe, Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport), exclusive character clothing, and increased earnings of in-game currencies for the Deluxe Edition. Ordering it in any format in-game from Need For Speed Payback will grant a 10% discount as a loyalty reward.
Of course, EA Access and Origin Access subscribers will get to jump in a little earlier than everyone else. On November 5th, EA Access and Origin Access Basic subscribers will get 10 hours of play as part of the Play First Trial, and Origin Access Premier members will get full access to the game on PC. Sign up, get in early and get the edge on your friends.
Thanks to a Reddit post following the official announcement, we also know that there will be no loot boxes in Need For Speed Heat.