The next Need for Speed game will launch sometime before March 2018, Electronic Arts confirmed to investors. Still untitled, the game is the first new mainline entry in the racing series since 2015’s reboot, which was simply called Need for Speed.
CEO Andrew Wilson said that the “ambitious” game will have a competitive online focus, although he didn’t elaborate as to what that will look like or include. Other details, including a name, remain scant.
This is a different project than Need for Speed: Edge, which is currently in development at EA’s Korean studio, EA Spearhead. The free-to-play online game draws on Need for Speed Rivals, which launched on consoles in 2013. A release date has not been announced for Edge yet, but Wilson confirmed that it will “follow a similar path as that that we've taken with FIFA Online,” another free-to-play massively multiplayer online game which shut down in 2011.
The newly announced Need for Speed game will be the 23rd entry in the long-running racing game series.