Shift 2: Unleashed is due to launch in Spring 2011 for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and Electronic Arts has announced that gamers who pre-order a copy now will receive the Shift 2: Unleashed Limited Edition, with three exclusive cars; the Nissan Silvia Spec R Aero S15, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV, and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.
That seems to be about it for the Limited Edition bonuses, but Shift 2 is potentially a racing sim worth ordering. It’s the sequel to Need for Speed: Shift, and marks a split in the Need for Speed series, with Criterion handling the arcade side with Hot Pursuit. This means Slightly Mad games can focus on the simulator side of racing, and the aim is for Shift 2 to challenge the likes of Forza Motorsport and Gran Turismo.
There’s certainly a different focus from the car catalogue approach, with handling, a helmet cam, and night racing all being demoed as focal points of the game. And here’s the official trailer for Shift 2.
So if you’re a fan of the first game, or tempted by the second, it’s time to check out the pre-order deals, although so far it appears only Amazon is currently listing the Limited Edition for pre-order.