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EA announces Need for Speed reboot

Don’t expect a ‘Furious 7’ simulator as the game goes back to its roots.

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Players feeling the need for speed won’t have to wait much longer—EA is bringing back its racing franchise with a reboot that promises to return the series to its roots.

Electronic Arts announced on Thursday that Need for Speed—no subtitle, no extra trimmings, just the original title—will be available on consoles and PCs this fall.

The focus this time around, after taking a year off, will be on “deep customization, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game.” So it’s safe to say this will look more like The Fast and the Furious rather than Furious 7.

Ghost Games, who made Need for Speed: Rivals, is developing the game, which will take influence from EA’s very own car culture community, Speedhunters.

Little else is actually known about the project, and what this refresh will actually look like, but watch the teaser trailer above to take a look at some gorgeous, rain-slicked cars, and hope that a Dominic Toretto-type is behind the wheels of one of those rides.

Need for Speed will hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC later this year, but expect to see more on the game, likely at E3, in the months to come.

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