Need for Speed Heat is the latest entry in the long-running racing series and once again pegs street racers against cops. This time through the neon-lit streets of Palm City – a new open-world inspired by 1980’s Miami. Expect powerful car customisation, authentic urban car culture and immersive storytelling when the racer drifts onto PS4, XB1 and PC November 8, 2019.
The first gameplay trailer dropped overnight, showcasing how the racing and police pursuits change from day into night. During the day, players compete in Speedhunters Showdown, a sanctioned competition where they earn Bank to customise and upgrade their garage of high-performance cars. Police patrol the streets and will pursue players engaged in high-speed driving.
At night, illegal street racing is taken to the next level. This looks to be the main competition phase of Need for Speed Heat, with a rogue police force deploying high-performance cars, choppers and more to take down racers. The new trailer also reveals how players can build a garage full of hot cars and expand their crew.
NFS Heat follows on from 2017’s Need for Speed Payback – an excellent racer held back by a cringe-worthy narrative and slow progression system. Ghost Games Creative Director Riley Cooper is adamant that NFS Heat will please racing fans disappointed with the previous game.
“Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect,” said Riley. “From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”
Current NFS Heat details are slim, even with a release date less than three months away. Although we’re sure EA and Ghost Games will have a lot more to show shortly.
Need for Speed Heat arrives November 8. Pre-order bonuses include access to several exclusive vehicles.