PC gamers looking for an online MMOG that doesn't involve guns and dragons will get a little taste of speed when EA launches Need For Speed World on July 20. Developed by EA's Black Box Studio in collaboration with EA Singapore, the game will be free-to-play with additional incentives for paying customers. The game was originally assumed to solely utilize the microtransaction system, however EA has chosen to take a different route by offering several options.
According to the company, Need for Speed World will allow fans to experience the full game until they reach level 10, including all the races, pursuits, and career progression. Players wanting to advance beyond the free-to-play level cap will be required to purchase a $20 Starter Pack--this includes a voucher for twenty bucks worth of SpeedBoost, full access up to level 50, an assorted bundle of power-ups, and an exclusive limited-edition vehicle.
"Players who pre-order Need for Speed World will have a one-week head-start to the game on July 13th, with increased Rep (XP) gain for the duration of the head-start event and guaranteed access to all upcoming Need for Speed World beta events," EA said. "Finally, players will also be able to reserve their driver names in advance of the game going live and have VIP status permanently displayed in their driver profile. Pre-orders are available now at eastore.ea.com or at participating digital retailers nationwide."
EA also said that owners of the Starter Pack can purchase items like power-ups, double XP periods and even rental cars "starting at just a few cents." The game itself boasts 150 miles of open road, and even incorporates many of the popular cities found in Need For Speed Most Wanted and Need For Speed Carbon.
I'd have to play till the lvl 10 cap and see if it's really worth it.
@Pyroflea - Yes. It's similar to Districts in Guild Wars.
@Yuka - As far as I know, Project Torque doesn't have an open world. Which is part of the point of NFSW.
@Matm347 - Even 'for the day', I never got a feeling of 'realistic' physics from NFS and NFS 2. I remember it as being not too far from Need for Speed Most Wanted. I guess I could be wrong.