Need For Speed Heat drifts toward a November release date

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After some weeks and months of speculation, EA’s own street racing series will indeed make its return later this year with Need for Speed Heat.

When it was announced that an untitled Need for Speed game was skipping EA Play back in June, it got many talking about how soon we’d know about the future of the street racing franchise.

Even though a 2019 game was never really in doubt, weeks went by without a word. Then, just before Gamescom and like a thief in the night, EA and Ghost brought the heat with a new trailer. Some Need for Speed Heat, to be exact.

The new game will release on November 8 for PS4, Xbox One and PC via Origin. Heat will also come three days early to Origin Access Premier subscribers and EA Access through a Play First Trial.

A post from Ghost on the Need for Speed subreddit (which they’re pretty active on) further details what to expect in the new title.

You play as a street racer in beautiful Palm City which is totally not Miami based on the vibe from the trailer and the logo aesthetic. Essentially, you earn money through the day racing in the streets before breaking the rules at night to earn your reputation as the best driver.

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Police also return for this one, but with a bit of a twist. While they will appear fairly casual during the day, a rogue task force will be looking to take you down at night. It’s an interesting idea to showcase a Jekyll and Hyde-type scenario for a city and its racing scene. You can even change the time of day from the garage, which can open up some options for how to approach certain missions.

Customization is also shown in the trailer, but the post mentions that more details will be coming next week at Gamescom. In the meantime, however, the post does confirm that there are no lootboxes or speedcards like in 2017’s Payback.  Instead, parts will be earned through in-game events or challenges this time around.

There is, however, a plan for post-launch DLC car packs and a time-saver pack down the line. Folks on the Need for Speed also spotted the return of Ferrari and Mitsubishi model cars in the trailer, so there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing many more licensed, unique cars in the upcoming title.

Heat will be playable at Gamescom and will also be at the Opening Night Live event on August 19.