While titles like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed come to mind when thinking of annualized franchises, the Need for Speed series has reliably released a new title every year for over a decade, until EA deciding that 2014 will be the year that Need for Speed gets to pull over and recharge (for a bit).
During EA’s investor’s report earlier this week, the studio revealed that the Need for Speed series will not be releasing a new title in 2014, as developer Ghost Games is intending on using an “extended development window” on the next title, which is set to release in 2015. Ghost Games GM Marcus Nilsson provided a statement in regard to the extended development of the next Need for Speed title:
“We are already deep in development on our next game and want to make this promise to you: we will listen to you. We’re going to give you the game you’ve been asking for. It will be the game you deserve, but to do that will take us some time.”
“From now on, you’ll be hearing from us regularly because we need your help to shape the future of Need for Speed. We want your input on future gameplay and features we know you’re passionate about. We will keep innovating, always making sure to continue the celebration of cars and the joy they bring.”
The last Need for Speed title to be released in the series was last year’s Need for Speed: Rivals, released in November 2013.
Stay tuned for more information and details on the next Need for Speed as it develops.