EA’s seminal racing franchise gets yet another new name, and likely a change in focus.
To no one’s surprise, EA is set to release the next installment in the Need for Speed franchise later this year in the form of Need for Speed: Undercover.
Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello said that the title is in development from one of EA Vancouver’s two NFS teams. He also hinted that its inspiration comes from movies like The Transporter, though we’ll have to wait and see what he means by that.
The single previous Need for Speed team was split into two last year to allow each of the two teams more time to create yearly updates for the franchise. Rather than giving one team only 12 months to create the next installment, each team would now have a full two years, with the teams trading release years, obviously. Being that the team was only split last year, the Undercover team will only have a little over 16 months to create the title, but the extra breathing room must certainly welcome in any case.
In the interview, Riccitiello also discussed his disappointment with last year’s Need for Speed ProStreet, and said that the reason for splitting the team into to two was to help insure that future titles would actually be a worthy experience.
The game will feature international movie star Maggie Q as detective Chase Linh, one of the lead characters of the game. The live-action sequences from Carbon and Most Wanted will return in Undercover. Police chases from previous installments will also return, as well a new Highway Battle mode.