Well, that was quick – no sooner had we posted the trailer, than a press release arrived officially announcing Need for Speed: The Run which is due for release on November 18, 2011, for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC, Wii and 3DS.
It’s being developed by Black Box, and will put you into a cross-country race from San Francisco to New York with underground racing involving you avoiding the police, beating your rivals and taking on urban traffic, icy mountain passes and narrow canyons. It’ll be powered by DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine.
“This is the year that Need for Speed goes to the next level,” said Jason DeLong, Executive Producer at EA. “We think that Need for Speed The Run is going to surprise people with its intense, thrilling story and big action feel. But the game would be nothing without hot cars and crazy-fast chases. So that is what we’re delivering — explosive racing that will have players flirting with disaster at 200-miles an hour.”
It’ll continue to use the Need for Speed Autlog system to track how you and your friends are performing in the game and pump out that information to all your social networks as you race from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Empire State Building.
Are there enough Cannonball Run fans to justify Need for Speed: The Run? Will you want it sat alongside Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Shift 2: Unleashed on your shelf? And will this be a successful return to the roots of the Need for Speed series? We’ll be watching this one closely!