Electronic Arts (EA) is reportedly preparing to unveil the newest Need for Speed title this week—Need for Speed Unbound. However, that’s according to the assertion made last week on a podcast by Giant Bomb reporter Jeff Grubb.
Additionally, Grubb said, “What I’ve heard recently, over the last week or so, is that Need for Speed Unbound is supposed to get announced next week, and then it should still be coming out this year, so December.”
Besides, on Monday, when a Twitter user asked EA if they could verify reports of a new Need for Speed game set to unveil this week, official EA social channels didn’t do much to quell the rumors. Instead, the Need for Speed account used the ‘eyes’ emoji, frequently used to draw attention to something to respond to the message.
Furthermore, Codemasters, the racing game studio of EA, then replied, “Announce Need for Sp…. oh.”
On another note, EA confirmed in May that it would release the upcoming Need for Speed game in the fourth quarter of 2022.
On the other hand, according to reports, the game would have an anime aesthetic while taking place in Lake Shore City, a fictionalized version of Chicago. Additionally, a brief gameplay snippet of the game seemingly leaked in August, which showed a car crashing while attempting to jump through an obstacle.
As it sought to restructure Ghost Games, which created the previous four entries in the racing series, EA revealed in February 2020 that it had given Need for Speed development duties back to Criterion Games. The UK-based Criterion, best known for its Burnout series, also created the Need for Speed games Hot Pursuit (2010) and Most Wanted (2012). In addition, it contributed to 2013’s Need for Speed Rivals.
Lastly, in order “to create the future of Need for Speed,” Criterion incorporated the Cheshire team from Codemasters, the group behind Dirt 5.