Need For Speed MMO announced and dated

Its official website is up, and details are out on the new Need For Speed, which is an MMO, free to play till level 10, will be released on PC first, and is theoretically developed by Burnout Paradise developer, Criterion. Some quotes from the press release:

“Players can compete against any one of their friends, family or pick from thousands of top ranked players to challenge in intense online battles and police pursuits across 150 miles of sprawling open world.”

The game will be released on PC over Impulse, developer Stardock’s competitor to Steam, and have over 150 miles of track to explore in an open-world setting a little like Burnout Paradise. That’s why it’s probably by Criterion, but don’t quote us on that. Just look at the screenshots, and tell us that doesn’t look like Burnout.

“Players who pre-order Need for Speed World will have a one-week headstart to the game on July 13th, with increased Rep (XP) gain for the duration of the headstart event and guaranteed access to all upcoming Need for Speed World beta events. Finally, players will also be able to reserve their driver names in advance of the game going live and have VIP status permanently displayed in their driver profile.”

The game is expected to be released: July 20th.

And now, pictures!

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