EA’s revered racing series, Need For Speed, made its return to the market last November after the company put the series on hiatus for a year while it worked on rebooting the series for “next gen” consoles. The game was originally set to release on PC along with the console release, but in September, developer Ghost Games announced that the PC version would be delayed until the spring of 2016, citing the need for extra time to provide the unlocked framerates and higher resolution desired by the PC gaming community. Today, EA and Ghost Games announced the new release date for Need For Speed on PC and revealed the extra features that this version of the game will include.
Need For Speed will be released on March 17, and it will include a host of improvements, some of which should probably have been included in the game in the first place. As Ghost Games mentioned, Need For Speed was delayed in part because of the locked frame rate. The PC version will come with completely unrestricted framerates. Ghost Games also included 4K textures for gamers with 4K displays.
When Need For Speed comes out on PC, the game will finally have a manual transmission option. The original release of the game didn't have one, and Ghost Games said that the feature was one of the additions that the community demanded the most. The developer said that the console versions of the game will also get the manual transmission option when the game launches on PC.
Wheel support is another community-requested feature that Ghost Games has taken seriously. The company said that the PC version of the game will ship with support for select wheels from Logitech, Thrustmaster and Fanatec. It’s not clear if wheel support extends to the console versions of Need For Speed.
Ghost Games said that the PC version of Need For Speed will ship with all the improvements that have been made to the console versions, including the Icons and Legends updates. The Showcase update is scheduled for shortly after the PC release.
Need For Speed will be available on PC starting March 17, but if you have EA Access, you can start playing the game a week earlier, on March 10.