Will there be a new NFS game in 2022?

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NFS will get a new game in 2022, that's according to EA. We're now almost in September though and we don't have a trailer, nor a release date.

Need for Speed is one of our favourite racing game series. The arcade racer is almost three decades old now, and we're hyped for the next instalment. We've heard that this will be this year, but news has been hard to come by recently.

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So, what's the state of play when it comes to NFS 2022? We've got everything you need to know right here!

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A story of delays

Need for Speed had become a biannual series, meaning that it was due to be released in 2021. However, due to the pandemic, this was delayed until 2022.

This was also because of developers Criterion were shifted to help with Battlefield 6. Now that Battefield 2042 has been released, we can assume that development on NFS has been resumed.

AROUND THE WORLD: Where will NFS 2022 be set?
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AROUND THE WORLD: Where will NFS 2022 be set?

There have even been rumours that Codemasters have been supporting Criterion on this project. However, with Battlefield 6 now out, Criterion will able to solely focus on this going forward.

Will there be more delays?

Something that can't be ignored is the fact we haven't heard anything official from EA regarding NFS 2022 since it was delayed last year. We don't even have a title yet, hence why we're referring to it as "NFS 2022".

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ON THE WAY: NFS is on the way, but will it be this year?
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ON THE WAY: NFS is on the way, but will it be this year?

Will NFS 2022 become 2023, though? Well, sadly, it's certainly possible.

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In a reply to a Twitter post, VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb said NFS 2022 has been “delayed by about a month.”

However, it isn’t clear if Grubb means the reveal or the release date has been delayed by around a month. Grubb is known to be a reliable source and previously revealed details about NFS 2022’s location and anime-style visuals.

In a financial earnings earlier this month, EA reaffirmed the next NFS title will be released in FYQ3 between 1 October and 31 December 2022. If Grubb is right, NFS 2022 could be revealed in September and released in December, but we’ll have to wait for official clarification from EA to find out the release date.

There's still time yet, though, as Need for Speed Heat was revealed in August of 2019. So, there's still plenty of time to see a reveal trailer ahead of a November release.

However, some sources from inside EA are now claiming that a March 2023 release date looks more likely. We'll just have to wait and see whether a title for the game gets announced or another delay.