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Need for Speed Heat blazes onto consoles and PC November 8

Need for Speed™ Heat Official Reveal Trailer

Need for Speed Heat, the latest entry in EA’s long-running racing series, blazes onto PS4, Xbox One, and PC November 8, EA announced in a press release. We’ve known a new Need for Speed game was coming in 2019 for several months, but Need for Speed Heat was absent from E3. As the 16th mainline entry in the franchise, Need for Speed Heat will carry on the tradition of high octane street racing and the police officers who try to stop it.

The reveal trailer shows off the new open world setting of Palm City, which appears to be inspired by Miami. Need for Speed Heat has two different racing series. The Speedhunters Showdown is a sanctioned series taking place during the day. You’ll earn cash to customize and purchase your rides. When the sun sets, the less than legal racing begin. These underground races are all in the name of “Rep,” a system of currency that is presumably quite valuable in the racing world.

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The after dark races sound the most interesting because of the stakes. If the corrupt police officers circling the streets catch you, they take all of your precious cash.

Developed by Ghost Games, the studio responsible for the last three mainline Need for Speed games, Need for Speed Heat looks to move the franchise forward after the disappointing Need for Speed Payback.

“Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customization, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect,” Ghost Games creative director Riley Cooper said. “From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fueling everyone’s creativity with this new game.”

If you pre-order the standard edition, you’ll get the K.S. Edition Mitsubishi Evolution X. Pre-orders for the Deluxe Edition ($70) net you four K.S. Edition cars, including the BMW i8 Coupe, Mercedes C63 AMG Coupe, and Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, as well as exclusive character outfits, and Rep/Bank boosts.

EA will debut Need for Speed Heat gameplay at Gamescom 2019 next week.

Need for Speed Heat launches November 8 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. EA Access and Origin Access Basic subscribers can play a ten-hour trial starting November 5.

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Fe, a colorful adventure game set in a gorgeous Nordic forest, launches on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on February 16. The Zoink Games-developed title received its launch date during Nintendo's "Direct Mini" event showcasing new and upcoming games.
Originally announced at E3 2016, Fe will launch as the debut title from the EA Originals program, an initiative designed to give exciting indie titles a prominent platform to prosper.
From both gameplay footage and information from EA, it's clear that Fe looks to draw comparisons to other atmospheric and poignant independent titles such as Journey. The game asks players to experiment with the mechanics to create their own journey through the forest, rather than simply explaining each objective at hand.
Players control the eponymous fox-like creature in an interconnected forest heavily linked by sounds, with the ultimate objective of returning home. Both plants and animals can help guide you in the right direction and require players to learn their particular sounds to become allies. Learning new sounds and songs adds new abilities to Fe's arsenal. Free-flowing player movement in the 3D world allows players to glide quickly across the terrain, although stealth mechanics will also play a role.
Even though much of the forest's inhabitants will be friendly, an evil force called the Silent Ones seeks to chip away at the balance of the world. Little has been revealed about the nature of the Silent Ones, but perspective will be gleaned from "handcrafted short stories" scattered throughout the forest. Hidden clues will also lead up to revealing Fe's mysterious origin story.
While Fe serves as the maiden voyage for the EA Originals program, it will be followed closely by A Way Out, a co-operative prison escape game from Hazelight Studios on March 23 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Sea of Solitude, a third EA Originals title with an unannounced launch date, follows a young woman in an underwater city on a quest to discover why she has turned into a monster.
For all of the biggest reveals from the Nintendo Direct Mini, make sure to check out our roundup.

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Citing “community feedback,” the EA has recently made some tweaks to the progression system in Need for Speed Payback. In a post on the official Reddit forum, developer F8RGE acknowledged that the company has “been using Community feedback, along with our own in-game data and have come up with a number of changes, many of which are in the process of going live.”

While the complaints about the Star Wars Battlefront II loot box system were much louder, Payback players have also been critical about the game’s microtransactions and the difficulty inherent in unlocking new parts and upgrades.

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The Need for Speed series has spent the last two years in the garage, but Electronic Arts’ street-racing series looks like it’s about to hit the gas again. Developer Ghost Games is behind the wheel, and the next game, officially titled Need for Speed Payback, will get on the road this November.

There are a few details floating around for Need for Speed Payback, including the game's setting, characters, story, and some of its available vehicles. At EA's first E3 event (read up on everything happening at E3 2017), we got a sneak peek at the death-defying action featured in Payback, as well as a taste of just how cinematic and over-the-top some of those action sequences can get, and EA gave us more information on the game and its characters in the following months. Here's everything we know about Need for Speed Payback so far.
It won't require an internet connection
Probably the biggest and most important tidbit from Ghost Games' May announcement is that Payback won’t require an online connection to play. Both Need for Speed: Rivals and the 2015 Need for Speed reboot included an always-online requirement, which meant that, even playing alone, players had to connect the games to the internet. That’s not the case in Need for Speed Payback -- Ghost Games says the title will include a full single-player campaign, and you will be able to pause it while you play.
We'll drive around an open world as three different characters
As with the previous two games in the series, Need for Speed Payback will take players into an open world. This time around, it's the seedy criminal underbelly of Fortune Valley.

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