Even though EA announced in spring that a demo of Need for Speed Shift will be available this summer, it looks like that the demo version isn't exactly just around the corner.
EA has released the following statement, answering the many community requests for a playable Shift demo to accompany all the preview material:
"In the last few weeks we've received a lot of messages and forum posts about a demo so we're currently looking into the feasibility of releasing a demo for SHIFT. We are committed to releasing the best Need for Speed game so we kept the entire team working on the game to make sure we release a really great experience.
We're really proud of what the guys at SMS and Black Box have created and we can't wait to get the game in your hands."
Without reading too much into this message, it pretty much states that EA isn't even sure if they will ever release a demo and certainly not before Shift hits the shelves on September 15th/17th.