Become the ultimate icon in new Need For Speed

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Ghost Games announced the car icons which inspired their reboot of the Need for Speed franchise, and revealed how technology is blurring the lines between life action film and in-game gameplay.

Playing as yourself, players will witness the action from their own point of view, as their entourage of friends, and the icons of of racing entice them into the Five Ways to Play. These choices will determine the player’s path through their journey to becoming the ultimate icon, building reputation through the different styles of driving.

The 5 real world icons are the stars of the urban car culture as it is today, and have inspired the stories behind gameplay, and how they express themselves on the streets. These are:

Speed Icon – Magnus Walker collects and restores classic Porsche 911s. He is known for his high speed driving and will push you to enhance your reputation through adrenaline-fuelled driving.

Style Icon – Ken Block is notorious for his style of aggressive driving, as he showcases in his phenomenal YouTube GYMKHANA series. Earn his recognition by mastering the art of precision sliding and jumping through corners and on the streets.

Build Icon – Nakai-san is the founder of RAUH-Welt BEGRIFF (RWB), a world renowned tuning and customising company. Focus on creating that perfect customised ride as you look to impress him.

Crew Icon – Risky Devil are an infamous drift crew. These guys are the kings of close proximity driving and control. Ride in packs, inches away from wiping each other out as you get to grips with precise control and wild drift trains.

Outlaw Icon – Morohoshi-san doesn’t care how people categorise him, he just does what he wants. He’s often seen on the night streets rolling around in his customised ride. Risk it all as you mess with and escape from the cops to grab his attention.

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“We’re honoured to be working with these icons – they live and breathe the lifestyle we’re looking to recreate and have been such an inspiration to the team as we return Need for Speed back to greatness,” said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games. “We wanted to create a powerful story that’s emotional but also pushes the boundaries of technology by adding real-time compositing to the power of Frostbite. This allows us, for the first time ever, to blend live action film seamlessly with your in-game car and garage.”

Taking inspiration from the film industry, adding real time compositing allows Need for Speed to offer a unique narrative for each play. With customised cars appearing in live action sequences, showcasing the player’s personal choice within the game, and blurring the line between in-game and live action.

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Need for Speed is due for release on November 3 in North America, and November 5 in the UK, on Xbox One, Playstation 4, and through the Origin store on PC.

Visit the Need for Speed website for more details.

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