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The Next Need for Speed Ditches the Always-Online Requirement

2015’s Need for Speed was a bit hit and miss. Ghost Games are hoping the next instalment more than makes up for it.

We personally quite enjoyed the last Need for Speed. The live action cut scenes were strange (and even stranger once we realised the greasy mechanic lady was actually Candice from Fresh Meat), and it had a few annoying quirks, but overall, it was fairly amenable. Especially since it was constantly updated with lots of meaty DLC for free. One of the biggest annoyances for everyone, though, was the requirement that you always had to be online, even when playing in single player.

Well, Ghost Games have begun to announce the next Need for Speed – which is due out “by the end of 2017” – and they’ve promised that the always online feature will be scrapped. Single player games can be played offline, just the way God intended.

In a blog post earlier this week, Ghost shared a few more details about the game with us:

  • Customisation will remain a big part of the next Need for Speed
  • There’ll be cop chases aplenty
  • It’s gonna be set in big, beautiful world
  • Offline play means – wait for it – you can actually pause your game.


More details about the upcoming Need for Speed game are due to be released at the EA Play event in June. We’ll have more for you then.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.