Need For Speed 2022: Release Date, Latest News, Leaks & More

It's time for another entry into the Need for Speed franchise. So, let's start our engines and find out about Need for Speed 2022.

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EA announced that Criterion is returning to the Need for Speed franchise | © Electronic Arts

I’m sure most of us would agree that Need for Speed played a drastic influence on our growth as gamers. You’ll be hard-pressed to locate someone that can’t remember their favorite entry into the franchise. For me, NFS Carbon and NFS Heat were my favorites. I’d found the customization options and motorsport races to be interesting. There wasn’t anything better than winning the Portview Circuit Race with my McLaren P1 GTR.

I fondly remember my memories with NFS Heat, but those memories could be dethroned in 2022. Electronic Arts confirmed that Criterion is developing another entry into the Need for Speed franchise.

Aren’t you excited? I am. We haven’t seen Criterion develop another NFS game since 2013. That’s when Electronic Arts repositioned them to Battlefront and Battlefield. But everyone is starting to wonder what Criterion Games will do with Need for Speed. So, what do we know about this upcoming title?

When Is Need For Speed 2022 Coming Out?

EA Insider Tom Henderson has suggested that Electronic Arts is launching Need for Speed 2022 in September or October. His claims would follow previous reports that suggested this title would launch before March 31st, 2023. However, minimal information regarding NFS 2022 has been released by Electronic Arts. This has caused me to wonder if Criterion Games is experiencing delays after assisting with Battlefield 2042.

Is Codemasters Helping With The New Need For Speed?

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Race alleyways and open-roads in Need for Speed 2022 | © Electronic Arts

I’m happy to confirm that on February 10th, Tom Henderson announced that Codemasters Cheshire is assisting with the development of NFS 2022. This is a massive announcement because Electronic Arts acquired Codemasters in February 2021.

It’s unlikely that anyone anticipated Codemasters Cheshire would support the development of NFS 2022. But it makes perfect sense because this developer is known for creating motorsport games. Unfortunately, I’m unsure how Codemasters will be involved in the development cycle. Their involvement could be minor or massive. Only time will tell.

Is Need For Speed 2022 Getting Released Onto Xbox And PC?

EA hasn’t provided detailed information on which platforms will support NFS 2022. However, I’m expecting the next installment to be available on the Xbox Series X|S and PC. There should be additional support for the PS4 and PS5. But this is purely speculative on my behalf. Like I’ve said, no confirmations have been made yet. But that should change by E3 2022. I’d be shocked if NFS 2022 wasn’t announced at this event. If it isn’t, we can expect significant delays.

Is Need For Speed 2022 Part Of The Game Pass On Xbox?

I’m confident that Electronic Arts will allow Microsoft to release NFS 2022 on the game pass. Why, might you ask? Every recent entry into the franchise is available for download right now. I’d be shocked to see Electronic Arts and Microsoft avoid the addition of NFS 2022. However, I expect NFS 2022 won’t be launched onto the game pass for several months after its initial release date. So, I’ll have to pay the full price to experience NFS 2022 on its launch date. But that’s alright by me.

Everything We Know About Need For Speed 2022 So Far | Features & Story Mode

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Get ready to experience new sensations of speed in Need for Speed 2022 | © Electronic Arts

Unfortunately, information on Need for Speed 2022 is scarce. Electronic Arts, Criterion, and Codemasters have remained silent about their development cycle. It’s meant that players have limited information on the storyline, gameplay, and vehicles. But there are some guarantees you can expect. Criterion won’t divert from the single-player races that this franchise is known to offer. They’ll also introduce some form of multiplayer that everyone can experience. Personally, I’m excited to participate in a new version of Need for Speed's multiplayer. This game has struggled in recent years to perform with its multiplayer component. Even I'll admit that NFS Heat’s multiplayer was horrendous.

I hope that Need for Speed 2022 will incorporate a cross-play multiplayer mode like Call of Duty. It would allow everyone to compete against each other, regardless of their console. Plus, I’d be capable of racing against my PS4 and PS5 friends without any concerns of multiplayer limitations. But cross-play multiplayer for NFS 2022 is purely speculative. I haven’t received any confirmations to suggest Criterion is heading in this direction.

Don’t worry; I’ll update you when more information on Need for Speed 2022 is released. Even I’m starting to wonder if we’ll learn about the title for this upcoming game. But make sure to stick around, we’ll eventually receive more information about NFS 2022, and when we do, you’ll be the first to know.

Is Need For Speed 2022 Getting A Car Customization Tool?

Though I cannot say for sure, it’s almost guaranteed that Need for Speed 2022 will have customization options. When have we seen a recent entry into this franchise without that feature? I mean, it's become commonplace to incorporate customization tools with motorsport games; just look at Forza Horizon 5. It’d be unwise for Electronic Arts to compete against Gran Turismo 7 without a car customization tool. At that point, the game would be destined for failure. So I’m confident that Criterion and Codemasters will incorporate multiple forms of customization into NFS 2022.

Game Trailer And Demo

Electronic Arts haven’t revealed any gameplay footage for NFS 2022. But that shouldn’t surprise you, as we know there’s limited information available for this game. Luckily, E3 2022 is right around the corner. That’s when we’ll learn more about NFS 2022 and probably be greeted by our first trailer. So, come back to EarlyGame every now and then, and you'll be the first to know about a trailer

Game System Requirements

Here’s where things start getting tricky. Most players will need to upgrade their PCs to experience Need for Speed 2022. Even with my Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, I’ll be unable to operate this game at maximum settings. So, which graphic cards and processors are needed to use NFS 2022? I can only guess.

Minimum PC Requirements

CategorySystem Requirements
Operating SystemWindows 10 & Windows 11 (64-Bit or Later)
CPUIntel Core i5-8400 / AMD Ryzen 3 3300X
RAM12GB
Storage SpaceTBC
Hi-Rez Assets CacheTBC
Video Card (GPU)Nvidia GeForce GTX 2080 Super / AMD Radeon VII
Video Memory

DirectX 12

Graphics DriverTBC

Recommended PC Requirements

CategorySystem Requirements
Operating SystemWindows 10 & Windows 11 (64-Bit or Later)
CPUIntel Core i7-8700k / AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
RAM16GB
Storage SpaceTBC
Hi-Rez Assets CacheTBC
Video Card (GPU)Nvidia GeForce 3060 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT
Video MemoryDirectX 12
Graphics DriverTBC