Need for Speed No Limits revealed by EA

Let’s start with the good news. Publisher Electronic Arts has announced a new entry in the Need for Speed series called Need for Speed No Limits. The bad news? It’s an iOS/iPad/Android exclusive. Need for Speed No Limits is currently in the works over at Real Racing 3 developer Firemonkeys, and it’s slated for a 2015 launch. You can get your first look at No Limits via the trailer below featuring rally driver Ken Block.

“We’ve built No Limits from the ground up to deliver the insanely-fast driving and incredible graphics that fans have come to expect from Need for Speed – all in the palm of your hand,” says Robert Huebner, Executive Producer at Firemonkeys. “The team at Firemonkeys has also been bringing Need for Speed to mobile gamers for years, and it’s an honor and a privilege to once again get behind the wheel of this incredible franchise and redefine street racing on mobile. We’re constantly amazed by the power and performance we’re able to get out of the latest phones and tablets and think you will be too.”

Need for Speed No Limits being a mobile title rather than a full-blown sequel – maybe yet another reboot – shouldn’t really come as a surprise, since EA had revealed earlier this year gamers wouldn’t get a new entry in 2014. Last year, developer Ghost Games had launched Need for Speed Rivals, which well received by critics at E3 2013, and was awarded with ‘Best Racing Game’ from Game Critics Awards. Reviewers praised its intense gameplay, soundtrack, graphics and high replay value, while criticizing its many bugs and glitches, in addition to being frustrated about the game’s lack of dedicated servers, which would trigger frequent host migrations. There were also many clashing game features which caused frustrations for players, such as cops chasing players for no reason at all and the inability to pause the game at any time.