Electronic Arts’ Need for Speed series is taking the year off, and Sweden-based developer Ghost Games is planning to bring the franchise back with a new entry in 2017, the studio announced today.
“We are now building upon the foundations that have been laid with Need for Speed and delivering our next game in 2017,” Ghost Games said in a blog post today.
EA appears to have turned Need for Speed into a biennial series; the publisher also gave the franchise a rest in 2014 after Need for Speed Rivals, which was a launch title for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in November 2013. Need for Speed, a reboot of the franchise, debuted in November 2015 on PS4 and Xbox One and was released on Windows PC in mid-March 2016.
Ghost Games has delivered new content to Need for Speed players in a number of free updates since release, culminating with a patch last month that introduced a multiplayer feature called SpeedLists. That is the game’s final content update, although Ghost Games said it is not “going quiet” between now and the announcement of next year’s Need for Speed title. The studio plans to bring in members of the player community “in the coming months” to get their feedback on the new project. Collecting community feedback was also a focus for Ghost Games in developing Need for Speed.