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Electronic Arts Feels The Need to Reboot 'Need For Speed'

The Need for Speed franchise has been around for what seems like forever, with the first installment launching in 1994. Since then, there have been more than 20 Need for Speed games released on a huge number of platforms including our beloved Windows PC. Now it seems that Electronic Arts has grown tired of the franchise's current state and is taking a hint from Hollywood: reboot.

Electronic Arts didn't spill any gritty details in its announcement on Thursday, but merely stated that the game will arrive on Windows PC (via Origin), and the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles in Fall 2015. The company released a teaser trailer, shown below, which will be followed by a full-blown trailer on June 15, 2015. That's the date of EA's pre-E3 2015 press conference.

"Fueled by EA's own car culture community, Speedhunters, Need for Speed will deliver an experience that's grounded in authentic car culture by diving into the rich world of past, present and emergent trends of the urban car scene," the press release said. "This collaboration with Speedhunters in the research and development of the game means the level of detail and real-world authenticity will envelop gamers in an exciting world to discover and enjoy in a way that only Need for Speed can deliver."

The new Need for Speed is under development at Ghost Games, the same studio that brought Need for Speed Rivals to the PlayStation consoles and Xbox 360 back in 2013. The studio promises that the rebooted franchise will have "deep customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative."

Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games, said that the studio is finally making a game it has wanted to create but is also listening to the demands of the fans. Fans are encouraged to provide feedback on the official Need for Speed Facebook page and Twitter account.

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