Need for Speed ​​Unbound leaks for PS5, Xbox Series X, looks hyper-animated

The next Need for Speed ​​game will lean strongly towards the animation aesthetic, if the screens are from Overseas Products List are no indication.

Wednesday, Need for Speed ​​subreddit members have been spotted Leaked List for Need for Speed ​​Unbound Via Japanese retailer Neowing. The listing says the new game will launch in December. Electronic arts have Announcement coming on Thursday It’s 11AM EDT, where she’ll reveal more about the next game.

Neowing included five screenshots with a watermark NFS Not JoinedShows a variety of tuned vehicles, realistically rendered, but with cartoon-style shaded drivers and other non-playable characters in the frame. In one screen, a street racer throws hand-drawn star-shaped sparks and its tires leave 2D smoke as you take a corner.

According to a machine translated product description of Need for Speed ​​UnboundThe game will feature music (and in-game appearance) by rapper A$AP Rocky, with soundtracks produced by Brodinski, a French composer and DJ.

Apparently Rapper A$AP Rocky will appear in NFS Unbound
Photo: Benchmark / Electronic Arts

Explaining the funky visual style, the description says: “Bring graffiti to life with a whole new visual style, fusing the latest street art with the most realistic cars in Need for Speed ​​history.”

The list adds: “Go to meet-and-greets and show off your style with many items, including limited-edition gear, from the latest fashion in the world.” “Then add the finishing touches to your car’s style, transforming it with unique covers and cut-outs to match your custom Legendary car, leading the races and setting your victory above the competition.”

The Neowing page only lists PlayStation 5 for Need for Speed ​​Unbound, Which suggests that the game may only be a release for a new generation. Every major Need For Speed ​​game, going back to the series that started in 1994, has been released on Windows PC as well. Polygon on Tuesday reached out to an Electronic Arts representative for more details on the next Need for Speed, but the publisher declined to comment, other than mentioning a countdown to reveal Thursday.

Leaked screens confirm that the game is developed by Criterion Games (which Includes Code Masters Cheshirewhich EA Acquired in 2021). Criterion’s latest Need for Speed ​​game was originally targeting a 2021 launch, until EA set a benchmark for EA’s dice support with last november Battlefield 2042.

Promotional screenshot of Need For Speed ​​Unbound shows a street racer on a blurry background, with hand-drawn star shapes atop their spinning wheels

This image from a Japanese retailer’s early product listing shows merging a realistic vehicle presentation with cartoon-style features and highlights in “Need For Speed ​​Unbound”
Photo: Benchmark / Electronic Arts

However, until Tuesday’s teaser tweet, EA had made no announcement of the next Need for Speed ​​title other than telling investors that one is coming by the end of 2022.

The Need for Speed ​​franchise was It has been brought back to Criterion Games after, after 2019’s Need for Speed: HeatAnd the The last three titles developed by Ghost Games that are now disbanded. None of the three generated the kind of critical or commercial reception that the standard offers Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (in 2010) or 2012 game name Delivered.

Over the past 10 years, Criterion Games has been mainly known for its support of DICE Battlefield 5And the battlefield 2042 And the Star Wars Battlefront 2. The most recent racing titles were 2018 remaster Open world classics Paradise burns outAnd the And the 2020 remaster From Hot pursuit.

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