The new Need for Speed is coming... except not to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It seems, the new Need for Speed will have such demanding graphics, that the old systems won't be able to handle it. Now, we learned more about these graphics, which do sound like they're going to be pretty unique.
Photo-Realistic Graphics Mixed with Anime
The news was first reported by VGC, who in turn got it from Jeff Grubb's podcast. In his podcast, Grubb can be quoted saying:
It’s going to be photo-realistic, but it’s going to have on top of that, anime elements. 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.
Sounds like nothing I ever heard of, but it also does sound like it poses the risk of becoming extremely annoying. Still, as an Initial D fan, I always felt like we're long overdue an anime racing game, and it sounds like the new Need for Speed will at least partially fill that hole. Who knows, if the anime aesthetics are already halfway implemented, maybe we can toggle them on entirely... it would certainly make the game stand out even more.
Grubb also has some news on the game's multiplayer, which, according to him, will feature autolog. Autolog is an in-game social network, and, if you ask me, any in-game social network has always been super annoying, so that's not a feature I'm necessarily looking forward to.
But that's not even all there is to it: Grubb also claims to know the setting of the new Need for Speed: A fictional version of Chicago, by the name of Lake Shore City. Is he on point with all of this? We will find out soon, when the new Need for Speed is released.