Monday, May 20, 2024
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Ok, not really, but at least I got your attention! The real news is that EA has announced the development of the latest game in the Need for Speed series, titled NFS: Carbon

The game is being developed by EA’s ‘Black Box’ department in Vancouver, British Columbia. That’s in Canada, for those of you who failed Geography in high school. As is usual for games still in the development stage, the press release is pretty tight-lipped about exactly what the new game will include. What we do know is that it will follow a similar thread to that started in NFS Underground 2, only this time it will include police!! Think NFS Underground 2 combined with NFS Most Wanted. For those that enjoyed both games as much as I did (i.e. a WHOLE LOT) this game should be a dream come true.

If you’re anything like me, there are hundreds, if not thousands of mods that you would do to your car if only you had the cash, or, there are dozens of cars you would love to be driving but simply can’t afford. The Underground series and Most Wanted have always satisfied this desire of mine quite comprehensively, and Carbon looks set to do the same: The Black Box team has developed a new technology called “Autosculpt”, which EA is calling “Ground Breaking”. They’re being annoyingly secretive about what that means for the game, only revealing that it will allow the player more power than ever to tweak the heck out of your car and your crew’s cars.

“Wait just a second there, Random!”, I hear you say, “You just said “crew’s cars”

Yes, reader, you heard correctly: CREW’S cars! For the first time in the NFS series, it looks like we’ll have some degree of control over several “crew” cars, instead of just our own. So, rather than the whole game being focussed on your own individual progress through the game, it would appear that you will be part of a street racing team whose performance in the various races in which you participate, will ultimately affect your overall and individual progress in various ways.

There are a couple of small screenshots and a teaser video on the game’s home page (see below), and from those come several more clues as to the game’s content-to-be:

– Muscle cars seem to be part of the action (should appeal to those die-hard mustang fans out there!)

– The game environment will be free-roam and thus similar to Underground 2 and Most Wanted, except if the trailer is anything to go by, the racing will once again take place at night.

– Don’t hold me to it, but it would appear that the top marques from Most Wanted, like Porsche and Lamborghini, will be included in the final release of NFS Carbon.

– The player, it seems, will have more control over a wider variety of modifications to their vehicle. I personally would love to have more control over the engine modifications to my car in game, but we’ll have to wait and see.

You can be sure that I’ll keep you all updated as and when EA releases more details. The game is scheduled for release towards the end of the year, probably around the same time that the Playstation 3 is released, and it will be available for every conceivable gaming platform out there, so you will have no excuse for not playing it!