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No New Need for Speed Game this Year and What that Might Mean for Yearly Franchises

8CN: Here's something I wasn't really aware of until recently: the Need for Speed franchise has released a new game every year since 1997. That's over 15 straight years of racing - a longer streak than Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed. This year, though, marks the first time since then that a new game in the racing franchise will not be coming out. What does that mean for video games franchises with yearly installments, though?

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pwnsause_returns874d ago

it means good things. More time for devs to craft a good NFS game instead of tiring it out and making it glitchy and crap.

thats not to say rivals was bad though, that game was good, im still playing it for the platinum.

showtimefolks874d ago

EA/NFS team want to know what we want yet they keep making the same trash every year. we want games like NFS under ground

we want actual street racing
we want more options when it comes to pimping our rides

make NFS:Under ground

Magicite874d ago

NFS have been going downhill for a while now. I kinda liked The Run and Hot Pursuit, but nothing afterwards.

AKissFromDaddy874d ago (Edited 874d ago )

"It's entirely possible that this is restricted solely to the Need for Speed games, that they simply aren't selling as well as they used to, to the point that releasing a new one every year isn't worth the monetary investement"

Too many racing games to compete with this holiday season. DriveClub and Project Cars. In addition, the Fall and Winter season is too overcrowded. NFS would lose money.

"Maybe it's a sign that consumers are no longer willing to fork over $60 a year for a new game when last year's installment satisfies their needs."

Agreed. Buying most games on a yearly basis feels like buying a sports game. However, I wrote most because Assassin's Creed is an exception. Nevertheless, COD feels like a sports game with very, very little changes: Splitting Perks Into More Perks or Adding More Obstacles In The Maps for examples. However, Extinction is a respectable effort, even though it's not as personally fun as zombies.

On the other spectrum, we could have companies like Valve releasing new sequels for each franchise every console generation. Half-Life 3. Just looking both ways.

Cernunnos874d ago

I disagree, I feel the quality of AC games are severely hampered by the short dev time. I still greatly enjoy the AC franchise, but oh my god how good those games could've been if they had received proper love, polish and 3 year dev cycles.

AKissFromDaddy874d ago (Edited 874d ago )

Work on Assassin's Creed III began in January 2010 (almost immediately after the release of Assassin's Creed II) by a senior team of Ubisoft developers. It released in 2013.
Source: http://www.gameinformer.com...

"That team aimed high, with plans to examine and rethink every element of the franchise from the ground up, build something new, and take a full three year development cycle to do it."

Black Flag developement began in mid-2011 at Ubisoft Montreal by a separate team from the one on Assassin's Creed III, with additional work done by Ubisoft studios in Annecy, Bucharest, Kyiv, Montpellier, Singapore and Sofia. It release last year, 2014.
Source: http://kotaku.com/5988249/b...

"Assassin's Creed IV is not a one-year rush job. None of them are. This one began development in the summer of 2011."

Assassin fatigue may feel hampering to some people but each true sequel of Assassin's Creed has at least 3 years to develop. Am I wrong?

PS Activision is already mimicking Ubisoft and EA will follow suit where most games release annually on a three year development cycle. I don't mind it, as long as it's good and I've bought every Assassin's Creed because they're good. If Call of Duty or Battlefield were good every year, I'd buy them too, but that's for another post.

avengers1978874d ago

Yearly games shouldn't mean every franchise has to do it, besides that driveclub, the crew, project cars, possible forza horizon 2, there are a ton of racing games hitting the market this year. Take the time make a really killer NFS, and release next year, no harm in that

Skate-AK874d ago

Hoping they are taking this time to finally make an Underground 3.

lemoncake874d ago

I am hoping the same, underground 3! Do it.

Ghost_Nappa874d ago

I dont have a gaming pc, but it was pretty lazy of them to lock rivals at 60fps

Ghost_Nappa874d ago

Yeah and to lock the speed of the game to the framerate I'd be pissed

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