Need for Speed’s customisation brings back ALL THE FEELS


Need for Speed is just around the corner and the game is looking pretty good (aside from a delayed launch on the PC platform). One of the aspects of the game that wasn’t talked about much, though, was the customisation engine. Many of the game’s trailers and early documentation spoke about the ability to customise a car in such a way that “no two are ever alike”, and yesterday Ghost Games finally published a trailer that goes into some detail about it. If you were a fan of how things were done in Carbon, Undercover, Prostreet, or the Shift series, you might want to watch this one.

“We took a year out from Need For Speed because we wanted to listen to what the fans were saying,” said Ghost Games creative director Craig Sullivan. “So they said, ‘we want a narrative, we want modified cars, we want driving in an urban environment’, things that maybe have been missing from Need For Speed for a few years.”

“We realised that to do that justice, we need to take a little bit of extra time. We chose to put in the extra work and effort and take that little bit of extra time and come out this year instead with the definitive Need For Speed game that we think are going to keep fans around the world happy,” Sullivan added.

Before checking out the trailer for the customisation engine, have a quick look at the confirmed car list for the game. A lot of old favourites are here, as well as some new ones that have never been in the series before:

  • BMW M3 Evolution II (E30)
  • BMW M3 (E46)
  • BMW M3 (E92)
  • BMW M4
  • Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
  • Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06
  • Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
  • Dodge SRT Viper GTS
  • Ferrari F40
  • Ford Focus RS
  • Ford Mustang Boss 302
  • Ford Mustang
  • Ford Mustang Fox Body
  • Ford Mustang GT
  • Honda Civic Type R
  • Honda S2000
  • Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4
  • Lamborghini Diablo SV
  • Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4
  • Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SV
  • Lotus Exige S
  • Mazda MX-5 (1996)
  • Mazda MX-5 (2015)
  • Mazda RX-7 Spirit R
  • McLaren 570S
  • Mercedes-AMG GT
  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
  • Nissan 180SX (S13) Type-X
  • Nissan Fairlady 240ZG
  • Nissan GT-R Premium (R35)
  • Nissan Silvia Spec-R
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R KPGC10
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R (R32)
  • Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34)
  • Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8
  • Porsche 911 Carrera S (991)
  • Porsche 911 Carrera S (993)
  • Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  • Porsche 911 T (1971)
  • Porsche Cayman GT4
  • Scion FR-S
  • Subaru BRZ Premium
  • Subaru Impreza WRX STI
  • Toyota Corolla GT-S
  • Toyota Supra SZ-R
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • Volvo 242 GT
  • Acura RSX (2001-2004)
  • Acura NSX (1990)
  • BMW 2 Series Coupe (F22)
  • Ferrari 458 Italia
  • Mercedes-Benz CLK 500

The return of full-on customisation is something I’ve been wanting in a Need for Speed title for a few years. Shift 2: Unleashed was the last game to feature the kind of editor that could produce amazing, once-off liveries for your cars, and I and many others spent countless hours honing our design, making something that we personally liked and were proud of. The liveries, crazy colours, and lively designs are with us once again, along with some insane body modifications, a lot of options for performance improvements, and generally just an all-round sweet-looking setup for car enthusiasts. Check it out.

Need for Speed launches on 5 November 2015 for countries following the European release, and will be found on the Xbox One and Playstation 4 platforms. The release date for the PC version of the game has been set back to sometime in the window of March-April 2016, exclusively for Windows systems.