Well, here it is! EA has officially revealed 2022's 'Need For Speed' title, and it's launching this year! Need For Speed Unbound is a current-gen-only racer from Criterion, and it hits Xbox Series X|S on December 2nd.
The game's first trailer confirms what leaked just yesterday; Unbound is going in a very different direction for Need for Speed, at least visually. We can't quite make out what's gameplay and what's cutscene here, but Criterion is adding all the cell-shaded lines it possibly can to its arcadey street racer.
The looks certainly make it stand out from the pack, and to be honest, we're sorta here for it! The changes give Unbound an 'animated' look, and it could well prove to be the change in direction the series needs after a few underwhelming entries in recent years. We've not got long to wait to try it out, anyway!
Here's some extra info on Need for Speed Unbound, along with some official screenshots:
"Race against the clock, outsmart the cops and qualify each week for the Lakeshore’s ultimate street racing challenge, the Grand. Fill your garage with precision-tuned custom machines, dress in your own unique style and exclusive attire and light up the streets with a soundtrack that echoes from every corner of the world."
- The World is Your Canvas – Bring graffiti to life with a completely new visual style, combining the latest street art with the most realistic cars ever seen in Need for Speed. Access a new toolkit full of energetic visual and sound effects, including Burst Nitrous, a new boosting element for dizzying speed.
- Express Yourself to the Full Extent of Your Abilities – Go to meet-ups and show off your style with a host of items from the world’s latest fashions, including exclusive gear. Then take your machine’s style to the next level and transform it with unique wraps and cut-outs to match your legendary custom machine, take the lead in races and strike your own winning pose to stand out from the crowd.
- Find Freedom as it Flows – A soundtrack featuring some of the pioneering artists of the modern hip-hop scene, including A$AP Rocky and AWGE, delivers an original, genre-defying selection of songs. The original music was created by French producer Brodinsky. The songs, which lean on various hip-hop expressions from around the world, embody the underground culture itself, which is the heart of Lakeshore.
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