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Need for Speed Interviews Friday, 30.10.2009
This week a couple of interviews were released on NeedforSpeed.com. Celebrating the 100 Mio NFS copies three developers give a little bit insight of what it's like to work on the Need for Speed franchise. Andy Blackmore was interviewed in the 'Need for Speed Community Podcast - 100 Million Special'. He is the Vehicle Styling Director and one of the longest serving Need for Speed team members.

» Need for Speed Community Podcast - 100 Million Special

The following two video interviews are split into two parts each. The first one is Wes Potter, Technical Director for Need for Speed and he has been working on the NFS franchise since almost the beginning. The second one is Marc De Vellis, the NFS Producer for physics and a former professional race driver.

» Interview with NFS Technical Director Wes Potter - Part 1
» Interview with NFS Technical Director Wes Potter - Part 2

» Interview with NFS Producer Marc De Vellis - Part 1
» Interview with NFS Producer Marc De Vellis - Part 2

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NFS Nitro: New Screenshots Friday, 30.10.2009
NFS NitroNext week Need for Speed Nitro will hit the stores. The game is being developed for Wii and Nintendo DS. To give you a taste of what you can expect from the game, we uploaded a pack of new screenshots for both platforms:

» NFS Nitro: Screenshots
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NFS Nitro: Nintendo DS Videos & Cairo Trackguide Thursday, 29.10.2009
NFS NitroNeed for Speed Nitro is the next upcoming Need for Speed and will be available on Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS. To give you an impression of the DS-Version, we uploaded two new videos, showing a Porsche and a Pagani on the DS.

Additionally we have a new trackguide, which presents the track Cairo in NFS Nitro:

» NFS Nitro: Movies
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NFS Shift: New Wallpapers Wednesday, 28.10.2009
NFS ShiftFresh from EA in celebration of the » 100 mio NFS copies we have a bunch of wallpapers of Need for Speed Shift for you!
Beautiful high-res desktop backgrounds, with resolutions up to 1920x1200 pixels are waiting for you here:

» NFS Shift: Wallpapers
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NFS Shift: Camera Control Tool with TrackIR Support Friday, 23.10.2009
NFS ShiftRacer_S from ToCA EDIT released a handy tool for Need for Speed Shift, which allows you to change the camera position in realtime.

A real highlight of this tool is the unofficial support for » TrackIR, with which you can look around in your cockpit. You can see in this video a short demo of what is possible:



You can download the Camera Control Tool for Shift here:

» NFS Shift: Downloads

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NFS Community: Then and Now Friday, 23.10.2009
In the course of the celebration of » 100 Million NFS games, EA did some interviews with several webmasters of the NFS fansites on NeedforSpeed.com.

If you want to know more about the fansites, read the following article. In this round the webmasters of needforspeed.sk, NFS-Mania.com, racerplanet.com and NFS-Planet give you some insights in their construction of their websites and their whishes to Need for Speed.

» NFS Community: Then and Now
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NFS WO: New Screenshots Friday, 23.10.2009
NFS World OnlineWe have four new official screenshots of Need for Speed World Online for you. World Online follows the free to play business model which generates revenue through advertising and in-game item sales. The onlineracer offers an open world, where players can meet on the streets and challenge each other.

NFS World Online


This winter NFS World Online will begin the beta process in Taiwan and will open to players around the world in fall 2010.

You can find the screenshots here:

» NFS WO: Screenshots
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NFS Community-Podcast #3 Wednesday, 21.10.2009
The third Need for Speed Community-Podcast was released on NeedforSpeed.com, where Andrew and Drew talk about NFS breaking the » 100 million units barrier and the currently running » Youtube Challenge and a Formula D event.

At the end they talked about the upcoming patch for Need for Speed Shift, which is currently in the works by the Slightly Mad Studios. A vague estimate would be that the patch could be available in the mid of November, but don't take this for granted. Among some bugfixes (like the framerate issues on PS3) the patch will feature an improvement for the onlinemode: instead of 8 players it will be possible that up to 12 players can race against each other.

You can find the podcast here:

» NFS Community-Podcast #3
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100 million copies of Need for Speed! Wednesday, 21.10.2009
Electronic ArtsNeed for Speed is one of the most successful game franchises worldwide. EA announced today that from the first title in 1994 the series has surpassed 100 million units sold life to date. The latest title, Need for Speed Shift pushes the franchise over the 100M mark, making it the best-selling racing brand in the gaming world. With Need for Speed EA didn't focus on consistency, rather than on innovation. Just with the latest NFS Shift the series makes a turn to realistic racing, while in previous titles the NFS games were known for innovations like Autosculpt, street racing, customizations, tuning, vinyls and much more.

100 Mio Copies


Since the start of Need for Speed in the year 1994 15 blockbuster titles were launched on more than 14 platforms. Here are some more intersting facts:

  • Released in 22 languages in over 60 countries
  • Players have raced over 279 billion miles of roads & race tracks
  • Generated over 17 trillion user-generated vehicle customizations
  • Featured actors, models & musicians including: Brooke Burke (Wild On), Christina Milian (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Two and a Half Men), Josie Maran (Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and actress), Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible III), Kanye West, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Prodigy
  • Debuted exclusive remix from Snoop Dogg of The Door’s classic song Riders on the Storm
  • Sold more games than all new passenger cars sales in the U.S since 1994
  • If Need for Speed boxes were laid out end-to-end, it would span 173,609 football fields
  • 100M units represents nearly every household in the United States and is 3x the population of Canada



This just leaves us to hope that the NFS series is being conintued and deliver exciting entertainment also in the future. After NFS Shift the next upcoming Need for Speed title is Need for Speed Nitro for Nintendo Wii and DS, coming on November 3rd in North America and November 6th in Europe. In Taiwan Need for Speed World Online will begin the beta process this winter and will open to all players around the world in fall 2010. With World Online EA follows the free to play business model, which allows players to play the game for free and only pay for in-game items, they want to buy.

In order to celebrate the 100 million sold copies, EA is giving away EA Store discount codes for 25% off any Need for Speed title - including Shift and Nitro - on Facebook! You can find more information here:

» NFS Discount Codes @ Facebook
» NeedforSpeed.com
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NFS Nitro: Rio de Janeiro Trailer Wednesday, 21.10.2009
NFS NitroA new trailer of Need for Speed Nitro was released, showing the track Rio de Janeiro:



You can download the HD version of the video in our movies-section:

» NFS Nitro: Movies
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