The release date of Need for Speed 2022 has been a mystery ever since the game has been rumoured.
NFS is a racing series that's approaching 30 years in the business. It's one of the oldest around and we've missed it over the past three years. This year will end that wait though, as Criterion Games is preparing to unleash a new NFS game this year
But when is the Need for Speed 2022 release date? We've got everything you need to know right here!
Latest news - Need for Speed 2022 could be revealed next week
Need for Speed Heat will be a free PlayStation Plus game in September. This could suggest that NFS 2022 will be revealed next week, possibly on 6 September to coincide with NFS Heat coming to PS Plus Essential.
Need for Speed 2022 release date reportedly delayed
In a recent earnings call, EA reaffirmed that Need for Speed 2022 will be released between 1 October and 31 December.
Originally, the next NFS was supposed to be revealed in late July, according to reliable leaker Tom Henderson, but the reveal has been pushed back.
With no official updates at Gamescom, a new rumour suggests NFS 2022 has been delayed by around one month. Speaking on a GiantBomb podcast, VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb says NFS 2022 has been delayed until December at an unspecified date.
EA confirms 2022 release window
We still don't have an official release date for Need for Speed 2022. However, we now have official confirmation from EA that it's coming later this year.
During a Q4 Earnings Call, EA confirmed the next Need for Speed game will release in Financial Year 23 Q3. This places the release date somewhere between 1 October and 31 December 2022.
Codemasters Cheshire working on Need for Speed 2022
We've known for a while that Need for Speed 2022 is in development by Criterion Games, the studio behind Burnout Paradise and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2010.
Codemasters Cheshire, the developer of DiRT 5, is also working with Criterion on Need for Speed 2022 and beyond. A Linkedin post shared by EA Senior Recruiter Pete Johnson confirms that Codemasters Cheshire is hiring a Producer to “embark on an extraordinary journey to deliver the future of Need for Speed.”
Need for Speed 2022 map reportedly revealed in leaked screenshots
As for the location, Need for Speed 2022 will reportedly be set in a fictionalised version of Chicago known as Lake Shore City. Leaked screenshots reportedly show the in-game map, and it looks massive with a variety of environments.
Photorealistic graphics mixed with anime elements
In a surprise revelation, VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb claims Need for Speed 2022 will combine photorealistic graphics with "anime elements."
“It’s going to be photo-realistic, but it’s going to have on top of that, anime elements,” Grubb said. “You know when you see a car commercial or something like that and the car’s driving around, but then cartoons flames and stuff are flying off it? That’s the kind of the aesthetic that they seem to be going for.”
Criterion brought onto Battlefield
Despite multiple developers working on NFS over the decades, EA have always been the publishers of the series. Love them or loathe them, EA are videogaming juggernauts and dozens of huge series are in their portfolio. As big as NFS is, it isn’t EA’s largest series.
Because of this, first-person shooter Battlefield took precedent over NFS last year. EA had brought back Criterion to make the next NFS, but when Battlefield 2042 required more resources to avoid a delay, the British developers shifted focus to the FPS.
With Battlefield 2042 now released though, Criterion are free and able to work on NFS again. This is something we’re very hyped about as well, because of Criterion’s great history in NFS.
Need for Speed 2022 release date
There is no Need for Speed 2022 release date yet. However, EA has officially confirmed it's coming later this year.
During a Q4 Earnings Call, EA revealed that the next Need for Speed game will release in Financial Year 23 Q3. This means it will launch between 1 October and 31 December 2022.
Traditionally, NFS games are relased in November. This is a peak time for video game releasesed just before Christmas and in the heart of the Black Friday sales.
Reliable leaker Tom Henderson claimed the next NFS will launch on 4 November, but this hasn't been confirmed by EA. However, VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb is now claiming NFS 2022 has been delayed by "about a month" and will release in December. The exact Need for Speed 2022 release date has yet to be confirmed by EA.
The previous game in the series, NFS Heat, was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. A lot has changed since 2019 though, as new consoles have entered the fray. The PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have been available since 2020.
Of course, NFS will be out on PC as well, but a Switch release is doubtful. Nintendo's home consoles are usually omitted from the NFS release schedule.
The big question marks surround the PS4 and One, though. At the moment, top games, including those for EA, are still being released on old-gen. However, Autumn 2022 will mark two years since the next-gen consoles' launch. Add the fact that these systems are becoming more accessible, and their days could be numbered.
We don't have anything official confirmed nor denied when it comes to NFS 2022's features. Going off recent games though, we'd expect it to be in full 4K and at 60 fps for PS5, Series X and high-end gaming PCs. The PS5 will also allow for haptic feedback on the DualSense, as well as 3D sound on the Pulse 3D headset.
If the game is released on One and PS4 as well, it'll be downscaled but still run in 1080p.
We could well see features like ray tracing during non-racing scenes. Finally, crossplay should be enabled for NFS 22, as it was for Heat.