Electronic Arts will release the next game in its long-running Need For Speed racing series sometime in 2017. The game will be developed by Ghost Games, the same studio that made the 2015 Need For Speed reboot.
EA released a new Need for Speed game every year for over 20 years until it decided to skip 2014 in order to revamp the franchise. Ghost Games released the rebooted Need for Speed game in 2015 for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and in early 2016 for the PC.
In a blog post today, Ghost Games noted all of the stats that have been generated by Need for Speed players since the game launched:
Since Need for Speed made its return, you've spent a massive amount of time on the roads of Ventura Bay. You've collected over 9.8 billion REP points, taken over 35 million Snapshots, raced in over 10 million Drag Races, and beaten a total of 52 million Eddie's Challenge Events. You've spent a stunning 950 million minutes customizing cars, no doubt helped with the $2.5 trillion in-game cash earned. You've shared more than 700,000 wraps, resulting in more than 13 million downloads by your fellow NFS fans.
It also mentioned the many free content updates that have been made available since the game's release, including features like Speedlists, Manual Transmision and more. It then stated:
We are now building upon the foundations that have been laid with Need for Speed and delivering our next game in 2017. That's not to say that we're going quiet between now and then... far from it. We'll be working with our community and there will be multiple opportunities to bring many of you into the studio in the coming months to get your feedback on where we're headed.