New Need for Speed still on track for 2022 release according to EA

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The next Need for Speed, reportedly called Need for Speed Unbounded, is expected to launch in just a few months - yet it still hasn’t been revealed by EA.

With no hints of when it will be announced, fans are worried the new NFS will be delayed. Despite the lack of news, EA has reaffirmed that the next NFS is still on track for a 2022 release.

Need for Speed 2022 coming in Q3FY

In EA’s latest financial earnings report, Need for Speed is listed with a Q3 financial year release window.

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This means the next NFS will be released sometime in the autumn or winter between 1 October and 31 December this year. If it's coming as early as October, when will EA reveal Need for Speed 2022?

When will EA reveal Need for Speed 2022?

Gamescom 2022 is returning to Cologne, Germany, on 24-28 August. Nacon has confirmed WRC Generations will be shown, but Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown won’t be making an appearance. EA has pulled out of Gamescom in favour of hosting its own live conferences, so we’re not expecting to see NFS at Gamescom.

According to reliable leaker Tom Henderson, it was originally supposed to be shown last month along with FIFA 23 and Skate 4, but the reveal has reportedly been pushed back.

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Nevertheless, it’s likely that NFS will be revealed this month, with a rumoured November release date. This would match the release strategy of NFS Heat, which was revealed in August 2019 and released a few months later in November.

Currently in development by Criterion Games and Codemasters Cheshire, the next NFS will reportedly have anime elements with fire and smoke effects coming off the car at high speed, combined with photorealistic graphics. Rumours also suggest it will be set in a new location called Lake Shore inspired by Chicago and release on current-gen consoles only.

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The prospect of seeing a new Need for Speed game in just a few weeks is hugely exciting – especially now that Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is delayed to 2023. EA’s continued silence is a stark contrast to TDU, which was announced back in 2020 and still doesn’t have a firm release date.