Need for Speed The Run
Since the release of Need For Speed: Undercover, Black Box has been working on a new title to continue the action focused street-racing gameplay of their previous games. This title has an extended development window to give the developers a chance to create a game with more quality than the previous ones, which only had 1 year of development. According to EA Games, Blackbox has been working on this game for the past 2 years until E3 2011, and they still have about 6 months until the announced release date to finish the game. Need For Speed: The Run will use DICE's Frostbite Engine 2.0, which is the same game engine used in the first-person-shooter Battlefield 3.
At E3 2011 EA revealed some gameplay footage of the game, showing part of a race intercalated with action scenes where the player has some control via Quick Time Events (QTE). The video shows a man racing a Ford Shelby GT500 against what seems to be a yellow Porsche 911 GT2 (993). After a crash, the player is seen running away from the police through roofs, until he grabs another car, at this time, a police car. The chase continues but eventually the helicopter damages the car enough, so it crashes on the tracks. The interior of the car is shown, with the driver being on its roof while a train approaches. The player can be seen escaping in the last second before the train hits.
The official word:
It's called The Run. An illicit, high-stakes race across the country. The only way to get your life back is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. No speed limits. No rules. No allies. All you have are your driving skills and sheer determination as you battle hundreds of the world's most notorious drivers on the country's most dangerous roads. In Need for Speed The Run, you'll weave through dense urban centers, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds, all the while evading a relentless police force prepared – and willing – to use lethal force to take you down.
- Developer: EA Black Box
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Release date: November 15th 2011 (North America)
- Available on: Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
- Official site: http://www.needforspeed.com/therun