It's been more than ten years since gamers have been without an annual installment of Electronic Arts' long running Need for Speed series, but the publisher has made the decision to have the franchise skip 2014 and instead focus on 2015, giving developer Ghost Games an extended window in which to work on the title.
The move, although a little unexpected, probably makes sense for the company, given the fact that recent titles have performed admirably, but lacked enough to really make them stand out in the eyes of critics. Also, with the arrival of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, it's likely that development will move away from older systems, allowing Ghost Games to deliver a geneuine next-gen racing experience.
The developer's General Manager, Marcus Nilsson, issued a statement to the official Need for Speed website yesterday, assuring fans that the series isn't going anywhere, and that the team has merely opted to take a little more time to deliver the best possible racing experience. The statement read:
Everyone here at Ghost Games in Gothenburg feels passionate about theNeed for Speedfranchise andRivalswas just the first step for us. We exist to make games that are constantly improving… games that push the boundaries of technology and innovation. Most importantly, we exist to make games that excite our fans.
We are already deep in development on our next game and want to make this promise to you: we will listen to you. We're going to give you the game you've been asking for. It will be the game you deserve, but to do that will take us some time.
We’ve made the decision to not release aNeed for Speedin 2014, so we can work towards a highly innovativeNeed for Speedin 2015. An experience built on a foundation we know you’ll greatly look forward to.
Gamers have to go all the way back to 2001 for the last year without a Need for Speed title, so perhaps it was time for a little break to allow the game to go back to the drawing board and come back fresh for 2015.