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NFS World: Next Beta announced! Friday, 28.05.2010
NFS World OnlineIt's time to start you engines again - the next Closed Beta Event of Need for Speed World was announced! Beginning on Wednesday, June 2 at 9 a.m. (PDT) you'll be able to explore the world of NFS World again. The beta ends on Sunday, June 13 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT)

This beta event isn't only the longest beta so far, it's also the largest with 150,000 pariticpants. I guess the streets will be crowded this time.
If you participated in any previous betas, you'll be invited as well, so keep an eye on your inbox. If you already signed up, but didn't receive an invitation: don't worry, you will get to play Need for Speed World before the beta program ends.

If you didn't sign up, but now want to participate in the Closed Beta, go ahead and sign up now on the official NFS World website:

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NFS World: Releasedate on July 20 Thursday, 27.05.2010
NFS World OnlineNow it's offical: Need for Speed World is going to be released on July 20, 2010! The "massively multiplayer online action racing game" will be available as a free client download, offering gamers a taste of the action with access to all races, pursuits and career progression up to level 10.

Players looking for the ultimate experience can purchase the Need for Speed World Starter Pack which includes a credit for $20 worth of SpeedBoost, full access up to level 50, a bundle assortment of power-ups like Nitrous and Traffic Magnet to help you get started, and an exclusive limited edition vehicle – all for MSRP $20*. Owners of the Starter Pack also get the added benefit of being able to purchase items like power-ups, double XP periods and even rental cars starting at just a few cents.*

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. Pre-orders are available now at or at participating digital retailers nationwide.

More information about the preorder of the Starter Pack is available on the official website. Pricing for Europe is not known yet.

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NFS World: Starter Pack Preorder available Thursday, 27.05.2010
NFS World OnlineJust recently we talked about the Starter Pack for Need for Speed World, which allows you to progress in the game after a certain driver level.

Today the preorder-page went online, making the starter pack available for $19.99 USD. A price for Europe is not known yet.

Preorder Starter Pack

Depending on where you preorder the Starter Pack, you receive an exclusive car. On you get a Toyota Corolla AE86 from Speedhunters, at Gamestop a Special Edition of the Volkswagen Scirocco, Impulse and Best Buy packs contain the Mazda 3 Special Edition and Direct2Drive offers a Special Edition of the Nissan Silvia S15.

Along with the preorder you receive exclusive access to the closed beta, you get one-week head start (with increased XP rewards) and a VIP Driver Profile Status. You can get more information about that here:

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NFS World: Starter Pack Wednesday, 19.05.2010
NFS World OnlineNeed for Speed World is a free-to-play game, which means everybody will be able to download and play the game as long as you want, without having to spend any money.

However, money doesn't grow on trees, so not everything can be for free in this game. Once you reached a certain driver level, you won't be able to gain any additional Rep to progress. You can still play though, but in order to continue progressing in the game, you will need to purchase the Need for Speed World Starter Pack, containing the following items:

- Access to continue progressing your Driver level
- $20 USD worth of SpeedBoost
- Item Bundle of Power Ups (available to all newly created drivers in an account)
- One exclusive vehicle(available to all newly created drivers in an account)

The cost of this Starter Pack ist not determined yet, but be sure to check out the official website for further information once the game is being released this summer.

» Official Webseite of NFS World
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Need for Speed: Red Line? Wednesday, 19.05.2010
As » recently reported EA registered a pile of new domain names, of which one of them might be the name of the new Need for Speed game, scheduled for release at the end of 2010.

Criterion Games posted several mysterious cryptic twitter messages, as for example » this tweet:

Red Lining It.... (8:58 AM May 18th via web)

An hint to the name Need for Speed: Red Line? Or just a plain tweet without any real sense or background? The next tweet "All The Way And Making It Pay..." doesn't make things clearer...

What do you think? I guess we'll have to wait for the E3 in mid-June until we get more information.

Thanks to John for the heads up

» CriterionGames @ Twitter
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Possible Names for Criterion's new NFS Tuesday, 18.05.2010
As reported several times, Criterion Games is apparently working on a new Need for Speed title.
Recently the domain registrar "Corporate Service Company" registered a bunch of new domains, which might be a hint to the title of the next Need for Speed:
  • Need for Speed: Boost
  • Need for Speed: Drift Kings
  • Need for Speed: Eliminator
  • Need for Speed: Lightning
  • Need for Speed: No Limits
  • Need for Speed: Overdrive
  • Need for Speed: Proven
  • Need for Speed: Red Line
  • Need for Speed: Showdown
  • Need for Speed: Street Kings
  • Need for Speed: Takedown
  • Need for Speed: The Run
  • Need for Speed: Time Attack
  • Need for Speed: Underground East

Sounds quite of these names is possibly the name of the next Need for Speed. What's you opinion?

More information is expected at the E3 in Los Angeles in June. The new Need for Speed title is scheduled for release in autumn 2010.

» Domainlist @ superannuation (Source)
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NFS Carbon: ModTools v1.0 released! Thursday, 13.05.2010
NFS CarbonAs previously announced nfsu360 released his ModTools Package v1.0 for Need for Speed Carbon!

The NFS Carbon ModTools package is a toolkit for creating cars that are fully compatible with Need for Speed Carbon.
The toolkit contains the following programs:

- NFS:Carbon Geometry Compiler
- NFS:Carbon Texture Compiler
- NFS-CfgEd for NFS:Carbon
- NFS: Carbon Car Setup

So hopefully we can see many new cars for NFS Carbon! You can download the ModTools package on NFSCars.
Also, be sure to visit the website of nfsu360, to get more information about modding:

» NFS Carbon ModTools v1.0 @ NFSCars
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NFS World: Next Beta announced! Thursday, 13.05.2010
NFS World OnlineThis weekend Need for Speed World opens its gates to the next closed beta, starting on Friday, May 14th until Sunday, May 16th! Everyone who particiapted the previous betas is invited as well this time. Additionally EA extends the userbase and sends out invnitations to 20,000 new participants - so check your inbox!

This beta will feature the newest NFS World client that was tested during the Client Test at the end of April. We believe we have resolved the majority of the bugs that occurred during the Client Test and are now ready to use this client in a large beta. Please be aware that you will be required to remove / uninstall previous versions of Need for Speed World from your PC. Once uninstalled, please download the new setup.exe from and re-install.

Some of the new features in this release include new Power-Ups, new cars, improved police encounters, visual updates to the world, and performance / stability optimization. The most important addition will be the ability to purchase Power-Ups using the Need for Speed World in-game currency called » SpeedBoost . We’ll be posting the RELEASE NOTES & KNOWN BUGS LIST before the beta begins so stay tuned…

You can find more information on the official website:

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NFS C: Modding makes progress Tuesday, 11.05.2010
NFS CarbonAfter the release of the Bugatti Veyron by nfsu360 for NFS Carbon and the cracking of the 3d format of NFS Undercover the modding of Need for Speed makes even more progress.

Robin'7t4 created a Dodge Charger 1967 for NFS Carbon - more cars are likely to follow.

Dodge Charger

Additionally the ModTool package by nfsu360 will provide for more creations for NFS Carbon. The ModTools are being released on 12th May 2010 and contain everything necessary to import new cars into Need for Speed Carbon:

The ModTools Package contains:
- NFS:Carbon Geometry Compiler - tool that compiles geometry.bin file from .z3d and .obj files.
- NFS:Carbon/ProStreet Texture Compiler - create textures.bin from .dds files.
- NFS-CfgEd for NFS:Carbon - export .carbon files that contain car's configuration.
- NFS: Carbon Car Setup - this tool is created to make installation very easy. Automatically create backup files for uninstall process. Users can add this program to their own packages.

For more information about the works of nfsu360, please visit his website:

» Webseite of nfsu360
» Dodge Charger 1967 @ NFSCars
» NFSCars
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NFS Undercover 3D-Geometry cracked! Monday, 10.05.2010
NFS UndercoverAfter NFS Carbon and the older NFS games nfsu360 pitched into Need for Speed Undercover and managed to crack the 3d-geometry of the cars, saved in the game files:

NFS Undercover tank

Hopefully we can expect some new cars for Need for Speed Undercover soon. :)

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