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EA Restructuring with massive Layoffs (Update) Friday, 26.04.2013
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts is restructuring, which resulted in massive layoffs yesterday. According to Kotaku EA is cutting jobs today with estimates of as much as 10% of the workforce. Wordwide EA employed more than 9,000 people.

EA even made an official statement on their website:

In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile. This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations. We are extremely grateful for the contributions made by each of our employees – those that are leaving EA will be missed by their colleagues and friends.

These are hard but essential changes as we focus on delivering great games and showing players around the world why to spend their time with us.

As it seems the studios PopCap Vancouver and Quicklime Studios are being closed. Quicklime Studios, which is a rebrand from EA Black Box was known for developing Need for Speed World, though it's not sure yet what this will mean for the future of NFS World.

Due to the concerns from the community the NFS World Team announced in an official statement, that Need for Speed World is not being shut down:

First and foremost, Need for Speed World IS NOT BEING SHUT DOWN. There is still a team dedicated to keeping the game up and running. Secondly, we’ve been keeping our eyes on our Facebook page, Twitter & Forums and have noticed that quite a few players have expressed concerns about their NFS World accounts. Allow us to confirm that nothing is happening to your accounts. They will be waiting for you in the game as they’ve always been.

We know that this isn’t a lot of information but we wanted to at least let everyone know that the game will carry on! In the coming weeks we will post more information about these changes as it comes available.

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NFS Merchandise Store Survey Thursday, 18.04.2013
Joystick Junkies wants to set up the official Need for Speed Merchandise Store and asks for feedback from the community! They already run the official DICE / Battlefield 3 Store and now want to turn to the NFS community with the following survey:

Everyone entering will get a 10% discount code and you could win $500 of free shopping in the store at launch. Help shape the future of the official Need For Speed Merchandise store!

» NFS Merchandise Store Survey
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NFS World: Free Car Pack Thursday, 18.04.2013
NFS World OnlineLast week the NFS World players were challenged to complete 5 million in-game events with a Japanese car. The community managed to even supersede the target and completed 5.2 million events! So the dev-team published the following code, which gives you a free car pack:


You can redeem the prize at einlösen and you receive a free Card Pack, which will be available at the Card Pack Shop in the game.

» NFSUnlimited
» Official NFS World Website
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Criterion's Alex Ward doesn't work on racing games Tuesday, 16.04.2013
CriterionThe headline might be weird, but isn't it funny how some innocent tweets can stir up the internet and evolve to a shocking news that Criterion Games might has stopped working on racing games? Many media sites picked up a story, based on tweets by Criterion's Creative Directory Alex Ward.

It all started with small rumours about an » unannounced racing game at Criterion Games, which could be a new Need for Speed or Burnout. Then » EGM publish a logo draft of a new » NFS Underground, which was pointed out as a fake by Criterion's developer Alex Ward. (see here and here)

Then Alex Ward went even further and announced not to be working on another racing game, as it is time for something new:

After over a decade of making racing games it's time to make something new. It is early days thus I have nothing to "announce" or talk about.

But if you are following me expecting some Megaton of a new Burnout game, or an Underground remake then I have to disappoint you.

I am proud of all of the Burnout games. When it feels right we will make another one. We are creative people.

Well, several media sites interpreted this as the Studio Criterion Games won't be making any more racing games, but this was demented today by Alex, indicating that HE was the one who isn't working on racing games anymore, not the whole team...

As entertaining Twitter can be, when you cram your messages in 140 characters it can easily lead to misunderstandings, as this example showed...

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NFS Underground the next NFS in 2013? (Rumour) Friday, 12.04.2013
The rumours won't stop. After the » news about an "unannounced racing game" at Criterion, now » EGM received a new logo, which could point to a relaunch off the successful Need for Speed Underground!

NFS Underground Logo

The logo came from an anonymous source and it doesn't look very finished, given the repeated elements. Since today everybody can photoshop such graphics quite easily, it looks very well like a fake.

EGM contacted Electronic Arts, but an EA rep stated that the company does not comment on rumors or speculation.

UPDATE: Criterion's Alex Ward demented on Twitter any plans on working on a relaunch of NFS Underground - see here and here.

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NFS Movie: McLaren P1 spotted on Set Monday, 08.04.2013
The upcoming Need for Speed Movie is currently shooting in Mendocino County, California, as actor Aaron Paul tweeted a few days ago.

This is where the first photos come from, which where released by the Mendocino County Film Office, spotting the all new McLaren P1! An exclusive supercar, starting at 1.1 Mio. Euro!

NFS Movie Photo #1

NFS Movie Photo #2

The second photo shows a black Porsche Cayenne and Ford Mustang - both painted matte black to prevent any reflections screwing up the shot. In the background you can see a Bugatti Veyron, and apparently according to Jalopnik a rare GTA Spano.

The Need for Speed Movie will be in theaters on February 7th, 2014. The director is Scott Waugh.

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Criterion working on "Unannounced Racing Title" for 2013 Sunday, 07.04.2013
CriterionThis is how rumours start: after you could read of an "Unannounced Racing Title" at Criterion, several onlinemagazines report about a possiblie upcoming Need for Speed for 2013, but also a successor for the Burnout Franchise isn't off the table.

To be concrete, Pete Panton, Lead Cinematic Artist posted on his » LinkedIn profile, to be working on an "Unannounced Racing Title" for EA Games 2013. He previously worked on Need for Speed Most Wanted in 2012.
His colleague, Lead Artist » Lee Sullivan is working on an "Unannounced project at Criterion Games" since 2011.

It's still open, whether this could be a new Need for Speed, Burnout or even something completely different. A new NFS is also possible to come from the new swedish development studio EA Gothenburg. (see » here and » here)

» Pete Panton @ LinkedIn
» Lee Sullivan @ LinkedIn
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NFS-Planet Easter Egg Search 2013: The Winners Saturday, 06.04.2013
OstereiThe NFS-Planet Easter Egg Search is over. Despite the short notice many users participated and found plenty easter eggs hidden everywhere on NFS-Planet.

Now the winners were drawn and the following users won a NFS Fan Package:

- Dino314
- Predator82
- speedy666
- Asphalt

The winners will be notified within the next few days by e-mail.

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NFS World introduces Achievements Thursday, 04.04.2013
NFS World OnlineNeed for Speed World introduces a new trophy-system, the so-callend "Achievements". Any player in NFS World can collect Achievements, which are rewards for completing specific milestonesm quite similar to the systems on Playstation 3 / Xbox 360.

NFS World Achievements

There are 4 different categories:

Competition Achievements
These achievements are earned by participating and playing in events. Race, outrun, hunt, escape, etc.

Collection Achievements
The more cars you collect, the more achievements you’ll earn!

Customization Achievements
Customize your ride! When you customize your cars’ look and performance you’ll be working towards unlocking more achievements!

Driver Achievements
Earn these achievements by leveling up your driver, earning cash and hitting various game milestones.

Every achievement has up to 5 ranks to earn, each more difficult to achieve than the last.

Additionally the game introduces Driver Score and Driver Points. With every achievement you receive Driver Points, which count towards your overall Driver Score. The Driver Score is shown with every interaction with other players in NFS World Spielern, so you can see if you have a newbie or veteran in front of you.

» Official NFS World Website
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