The full reveal happens at EA's E3 conference. It looks like it'll try and mix the best elements of the Underground and Hot Pursuit titles, with a silly car culture storyline in the vein of the first Fast and Furious movie - set in a nocturnal urban open world that looks a lot like Los Angeles. It's built in the same iteration of the Frostbite Engine DICE uses for Battlefront, which probably means Ghost Studios is using photogrammetry technology for that insane level of detail evident in the teaser trailer. I'll believe it, when I see it running on my PS4.
I fell in love with the Need for Speed franchise with Criterion's Hot Pursuit reboot. I also loved their take on Most Wanted. These two games have been some of the most pure fun obessive highscore hunting I've done in this last decade. I'm an unabashed fan of asynchronous Autolog competition. I had high hopes for Rivals, which sadly disappointed me because the tedium its *seamless online multiplayer* design forcefully introduced messed with my obsessive compulsive high score hunting. The driving physics felt also rather flat in comparison to Most Wanted, and the drifting was nowhere near as genius as Hot Pursuit's, which was the best arcade drifting game that ever was - what Ridge Racer would have turned out to be, if Namco knew what it was doing with Ridge Racer.
Sure, that teaser trailer gives us barely anything to go on, but that car horn honking hip hop melody is giving me a great tingling vibe in the back of my head somehow. It certainly made me smirk and smile. Might just be wishful thinking. I hope I'll experience as much joy with the upcoming Need for Speed game as I did with Criterion's Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted games. I'm giddy for a fresh run with Need for Speed. Bring it!