Need for Speed The Run – Your Questions Answered

Posted on May 05, 2011


Questions about Need for Speed The Run have come flooding in and we’ve gotten some answers. While some of the more specific questions made the development team clam up faster than a threatened mafia witness, they were more than happy to chat about some of the exciting new features Need for Speed The Run is bringing to the table.

So thank you to everyone who sent in questions – including the question “Is it going to be awesome?” (YES!) – here’s what we have for you so far. We’ll be doing everything in our power to make the dev team keep talking, so keep sending your questions in and check back often for more updates.

Why use the Frostbite 2.0 engine?

One of our goals with Need for Speed The Run was to set the bar for visuals higher than any previous Need for Speed, and working with DICE’s revolutionary Frostbite 2.0 engine, we’re able to do that. The visual quality in Need for Speed The Run is unmatched among action racing games.

Three games in one year is a lot, what happened to the once-yearly Need for Speed?

Black Box was the company that put Need for Speed on the map, and has been developing Need for Speed The Run for more than two years already. Even though we’re more than six months away from release, we have some groundbreaking gameplay footage to show our fans at E3. Currently, there are three studios working on Need for Speed games, with Black Box and Criterion focusing on action racing experiences, and Slightly Mad Studios working on adrenalin-pumping simulations.

What can we expect from Autolog in Need for Speed The Run?

Autolog is back and better than ever. We’ve found plenty of new ways to encourage friendly – but heated – competition between you and your friends. Autolog is now a staple to the franchise and a feature we’ll continue to grow with each Need for Speed game.

Can you tell me anything about the story?

All we can say at this point about the story is that you’ll be drawn into an illicit, high-stakes race with no speed limits, no allies, and one goal: making it to New York first.

You said this year Need for Speed goes to the next level, what does that mean?

This year, we’re pushing the limits of everything you’ve expected from a Need for Speed game, with a gripping storyline, awe-inspiring visuals, and the most intense racing experience you’ll find anywhere.

How good are the car physics in Need for Speed The Run?

The development team is hard at work to create road-hugging physics that are in line with what you expect from an action racing Need for Speed game.

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Shift 2 Unleashed is Spooled and Ready to Launch

Posted on March 22, 2011


SHIFT 2 Unleashed races to North American gamers on March 29th (and the rest of the globe on on April 1st). To celebrate this authentic racing game sequel, Need For Speed World is bringing one of the SHIFT 2 Unleashed cars into its World.

The Toyota Supra (MKIV) is customized with a SHIFT 2 Unleashed livery and is outfitted with Race parts to make it extremely competitive. This custom car will be available March 22nd, and can be purchased for 2700 SpeedBoost through the in-game store. Get behind the wheel of this fast Twin Turbo and unleash your limits!

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Manufacturer Monday – A huge reveal

Posted on March 14, 2011


Quite possibly the largest reveal yet on today’s Manufacturer Monday, as we reveal 13 new cars and 9 manufacturers from the car list of SHIFT 2 Unleashed. Here’s a list of what we revealed today:

-Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
-Alfa Romeo Giuletta QV

-Bugatti Veyron 16.4

-Koenigsegg CCX

-Volkswagen Mk1 GTI
-Volkswagen Mk5 GTI
-Volkswagen Scirocco

-Caterham Superlight R500

-GUMPERT apollo

-Alpina B6 GT3

-Bentley Continental Supersports Coupe

-Mitsubishi Lancer EVOLUTION IX MR
-Mitsubishi Lancer EVOLUTION X

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Posted on March 10, 2011


We’re getting into the last couple weeks of the SHIFT 2 Unleashed Manufacturer Mondays and this week is a big one.  Today we revealed another five manufacturers with a total of thirteen new cars.  They are:

- Audi R8 Coupé 4.2 FSI quattro
- Audi TT Coupé 3.2 quattro


- Lexus IS-F
- Lexus LFA

- Lotus Elise 111R
- Lotus Exige S

- Maserati GranTurismo S
- Maserati MC12 GT1

Just click the links above to check out some of the new cars and read all about the manufacturers.



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Podcast #69 is LIVE!

Posted on March 06, 2011


Need for Speed Podcast #69 is now LIVE and ready to download on iTunes and our RSS feed, and can also be streamed in the player below.

NFSGreg takes the week off from the podcast, with Drew, Spenser and Kirk handling the major news of the week, which includes plenty of new SHIFT 2 Unleashed stuff, the release of Lamborghini Untamed for Need for Speed Hot Pursuit, a new photo mode contest (#HPDLCPhotos on Twitter), new cars and a new patch for World, as well as the off-topic topic and Team Need for Speed news.



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Hot Pursuit Porsche Unleashed Arrives March 8th

Posted on March 06, 2011

Beginning next Tuesday you’ll be able to get your Porsche fix! The Porsche Unleashed DLC pack for Hot Pursuit will be available on the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store for $6.99 (560 Microsoft Points). You can take a look at the new cars and get more info right now:

- Porsche 911 Turbo (1982 Edition)
- Porsche 959
- 911 Speedster

Porsche Unleashed, continues to add to the already stellar lineup of Porsche cars in the game. Any car enthusiast will be delighted to see the Porsche 911 Turbo (1982 Edition) make its way into the game, along with the Porsche 959 and 911 Speedster. The Porsche 911 Turbo is a high performance tier one car, designed to enable players to go back and reignite their earliest rivalries and beat their friends’ times. Also included in this pack are 10 new events and four new trophies and achievements.

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‘Underground 2′ Edition Nissan 350Z (Z33) & Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34) on Sale Now!

Posted on March 04, 2011


The classic ‘Underground 2′ Edition Nissan 350Z is now available for purchase!  First introduced to Need for Speed World in February, this car has only been available as a rental until now.

Packed with performance upgrades and a very cool exclusive livery inspired by NFS Underground 2, this car is bound to take you back to the NFS roots. You can purchase this car for 3,000 SpeedBoost from either the in-game Store or from the Webstore here.

Need for Speed World Underground 2 Edition Nissan 350Z (Z33)

But that’s not all, we’ve also made the Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34) available to purchase with in-game cash.  The Skyline R34 is a classic among the tuner community, so much so that it was the cover car for the original Need for Speed Underground.  It is available for purchase from the in-game Car Dealer.


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Posted on March 04, 2011


FIA GT Champion of 2000, Jamie Campbell-Walter is your main rival in the FIA GT1 championship series in SHIFT 2 Unleashed.  He made his debut in the Formula Vauxhall Junior Winter Series in 1993, taking second place in the championship.  Since his debut Jamie has had a very impressive career in the TVR Tuscan Challenge, British GT Championship and the FIA GT Championship.

He will be driving the SUMO POWER Nissan GT-R GT1 and he will be driving it well.  He’s got a standing offer that if anyone can knock him into second place, they deserve to win the GT-R.


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Pre-order SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED Limited Edition, get $10 e-card

Posted on March 03, 2011


In case you didn’t know, pre-ordering the Limited Edition of SHIFT 2 Unleashed gives you exclusive access to three cars (Nissan Silvia spec.R Aero (S15), the Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV, and the Lamborghini Murciélago LP640), as well as 40 unique career events you won’t get anywhere else.

If you live in North America, both Amazon and Wal-Mart are offering $10 e-cards on future purchases if you pre-order the Limited Edition of SHIFT 2 Unleashed. Just thought we’d pass this along.

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Fredric Aasbo Wins Formula D Abu Dhabi!

Posted on February 27, 2011

Huge congratulations to Team Need for Speed’s Fredric Aasbo for capturing first place at the Formula D Abu Dhabi. He defeated Chris Forsberg in the finale while driving the Team Need for Speed Toyota Supra (pictured above).  Tanner Foust took third in his farewell run in the Rockstar tC while Mad Mike brought home fourth.

Team Need for Speed now has two victories in two races in 2011!  Congrats to Fredric on his first win of the year!

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Posted on February 27, 2011


This week we’ve got four new SHIFT 2 Unleashed tracks to reveal; some are old and some are new but they are all great tracks.  Today we revealed that Hockenheim, Irwindale Speedway, Riviera and Silverstone will be joining the ranks of SHIFT 2.

Most of these tracks have a lot of history on them and are very challenging each in their own way.  In 2002 Hockenheim redesigned their track and created a very tight turn called the Nordkurve.  Silverstone has 17 turns ready to be mastered.  Irwindale Speedway is a spot where drifters become champions.  Riviera is one of the most technical, had to master tracks that’s ever appeared in a racing game.

Whatever your racing preference is, SHIFT 2 Unleashed has a track for you!


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Posted on February 25, 2011

As some of you may know, I was very involved in the original Need For Speed SHIFT and this year I had the amazing opportunity to increase my involvement for the release of SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED.

I’m a frequent Sim player, and I truly believe that having a proper virtual driving experience translates to a shorter learning curve when the opportunity arrives to hit the track in real life.

When I first played a beta of the original SHIFT game, I had a few sheets of notes and changes that I felt needed to be made. The original SHIFT was a great game overall, but only some of my suggestions could be implemented into it.

I am very excited to announce that the team has implemented many of my suggestions and I’m hoping everyone is pumped on the new features.

I can finally share with you some of the things I’ve been keeping under my hat for the past year or so. As you can see from the screen grabs (and previous related posts), it is very hard to tell you are looking at a video game. The graphics are simply unbelievable. In this shot you can see how the smoke is much more realistic now.

The game’s engineers and artists have done an incredible job with replicating my Formula Drift Championship winning Monster Energy Falken Tire Ford Mustang into the game. Not only does it look the part, but it’s handling and throttle response are pretty much as crazy in-game as it is in real life. All players will have the opportunity to have my competition car in their garage and flog it, as it’s the “Boss” car for the drift element of the game.


There have been a lot of changes to Drifting in the game. We really focused on overall fun factor! With fun in mind, we swayed away from professional drifting competitions and tandem battles, instead concentrating on just going out and having the track to yourself to get crazy on. You can hotlap any track in the game as much as you want without the annoyance of being restarted just when you start getting in the groove. I expect everyone to be thrilled with the refined drift feel and how fun it is, even for the first time players.  As you can see from the image above, the Ebisu touge course returns. How can you have drifting in a game without Ebisu Touge?

There’s also an all new “drift park” called the Nevada Freight Depot. I really pushed hard for an area where players can get familiar with their cars and learn the dynamics of drifting with very little boundaries. This ended up being a perfect place to learn and once you get the hang of drifting, it is a great place to go and freestyle and just have some fun! Hopefully we will have a real-life drift park in the future here in the States!

Many of you will recognize this. That’s right, you can now tackle Irwindale Speedway. This track is such a special place for me personally and for drifting worldwide.

I was so pumped to see it in-game for the first time. Doesn’t it just look so crazy? If I didn’t know, I wouldn’t be sure if Iwas looking at a real picture or not.

Many of you have followed the build of the Team Need for Speed RTR-X from day one. To see it and play it in-game for me is simply surreal. The RTR-X is the “Boss” car in the Muscle component of the game and everyone will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel. Just please, don’t scratch the paint! ;)

Speaking of being behind the wheel, the team has put so much effort into giving a true driving experience. The addition of the helmet cam is really something special. You feel and see everything in a first-person view…

…Which is particularly important in drifting. With helmet-cam you’re looking out of the side window when you are at deep angle just like you would in a real car. And while racing, your point of view shifts to the apexes ahead. Under braking you really get a sense of the forces, with your head getting pulled forward. The sense of speed the team has been able to make a player feel truly is incredible.

SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED is a raw driving experience that sparks all of your senses. It is NOT just another sterile “driving simulator”. I guarantee in many occasions it will have you moving around in your seat – and flinching – like no other driving game has.

Aside from my cars being in-game and my personal contributions to physics and other elements of the game, my person has now been immortalized in-game. I am honored that the SHIFT 2 Unleashed team decided to make me one of the main characters in the game.

I am each player’s friend and coach in the game, so there was a lot going on behind the scenes over the past few months. I got to work with some very cool creative people during the process, some of which you know such as Rod Chong and Will Roegge.

I also spent a lot of time in recording studios, working with people like Charles Deenan. Thanks Charles for bringing out a talent in me that I did not know I had!

Not only am I in the player’s corner throughout the game, but I also work with players to teach them how to drift during the drift tutorial, another thing I really pushed hard to get in-game. All players go through the fun tutorial prior to their first drift challenges in-game.

We start out in the Nevada Freight depot in a special 240SX that we at Drift Alliance built for the player. I personally instruct the player just as I would in real life by starting out with large drift donuts, then moving into figure eights, then moving to high speed manjis.

Working on this game has been a true project of passion for me. I am very excited for the world to have to opportunity to get behind the wheel of my cars virtually. Who knows, it could turn into reality for someone one day!

I sincerely hope everyone enjoys SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED. The team has put a lot of blood, sweat and tears behind each element of the game!

- Vaughn Gittin Jr.


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Posted on February 24, 2011


Rod Chong has been really busy posting a lot of blogs on about SHIFT 2 Unleashed.  In his latest blog he talks about the BMW’s in SHIFT 2 and the improved customization system.  Here is a quick peek at the blog:

Hi guys. Well thanks for the hundreds of comments that you’ve been passing in my direction. The response to my SHIFT2 UNLEASHED blog posts have been so full of ideas, thoughts and questions that I’ve literally had to take a moment to figure out what to say. So for this blog post I’m going to try and dive in to explain some more detail first on the customization system which will hopefully answer some of your many questions.

Now the whole customization system in SHIFT2 UNLEASHED is entirely geared towards building up your showroom model into a full-on race car. Although you can build grass roots drift cars, I should stress that the pathway we’ve laid out for the customization is not based around cosmetic street styling. Rather, it’s all about performance and racing.

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Posted on February 22, 2011

We’re about halfway through revealing the SHIFT 2 Unleashed manufacturers and their cars.  Today we revealed two new manufacturers which made up ten cars on the car list.  Today’s manufacturers are:

- NISSAN 200SX (S14)
– NISSAN 240SX (S13)
– NISSAN 350Z (Z33)
– NISSAN 370Z (Z34)

- INFINITI G35 (V35)

We don’t have any sneak peeks for you this week so just click the manufacturer above to read more about them and their cars.


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Posted on February 20, 2011

No, it not Monday but with the Pagani Huayra being announced today we thought it was only appropriate to reveal Pagani’s full roster of cars featured in SHIFT 2 Unleashed.

Not only is the Huayra in SHIFT 2 but so are the formidable Zonda R & Zonda F.  If ever you’ve played the original SHIFT or know anything about supercars you’d know that these are some of the fastest in the game.

Here is a couple teaser shots of the newly revealed Pagani’s; just click the picture to see more:

SHIFT 2 Unleashed Pagani Zonda F

SHIFT 2 Unleashed Pagani Zonda R


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Need for Speed Visits the Nürburgring

Posted on February 19, 2011

Back in August 2010 MCU, Bojan ( Founder), Torque (NFS Forum Senior Moderator) and I (NFSDrew) took a tour of the Nürburgring while driving some very nice Lotus Exiges.  Sadly, we didn’t get the chance to drive on that very famous track because of a 24 hour bicycle race…or so the website said.  After making arrangements to rent a couple Lotus’s, we picked them up and took a tour of the Nürburgring.  When we arrived at the track we discovered that the bicycle race was just ending and that the track was going to be opened to the public in a matter of minutes.

We weren’t too happy about that but we can’t complain much.  We did get to drive the Lotus’s around the village of Nürburg, Germany for the day and did get on the track…on foot.  Visiting the Nürburgring was something high up on my bucket list and I got to cross it off.  We’ll go back one day and get some laps in.  Until then we have this video to re-live a great day and are very happy to share it will the community.

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Introducing the Limited Edition BMW Z4M Coupe

Posted on February 17, 2011

We are very happy announce the Limited Edition BMW Z4 M Coupe, the latest limited edition car to grace the Need for Speed World free to play racing game.

Under the hood of the BMW Z4 M Coupe are some very impressive race parts just begging to be set free on any unsuspecting blacktop.  Not only is it very fast but it also corners like a dynamo.  Also included is a unique livery only available on this limited edition Z4.

This car can be yours with the purchase of the 17,500 SpeedBoost top up.  This very exclusive edition will only be available for a short period of time so purchase now to add it to your garage. Once you’ve bought the SpeedBoost visit to redeem your free car.


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Rendering of Fredric Aasbo’s Team NFS Scion tC

Posted on February 16, 2011

Automotive artist Jon Sibal took the original livery design of Fredric Aasbo’s Scion tC and turned it into the work of art seen above. WIth its matte black on rocket red finish, this car is sure to be a stunner when Team Need for Speed’s Formula Drift season kicks off on April 8 in Long Beach. For more on this, hop over to Speedhunters.


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The Winner of the Create a Track Contest is…

Posted on February 15, 2011

It took a bit longer than expected but Azlan and Marc have finally picked the winner of the Need for Speed World Create a Track contest.  Congratulations to Joshdw who submitted a track called ‘TWIST ROAD':

Azlan and Marc felt that this circuit track is a good length, has lots of difficult corners and a nice section to get up your car to its max speed.  As soon as we release the upcoming Team Escape mode Azlan is going to build the track and get it into the game for everyone to race on!

Here are some honorable mentions for tracks that Azlan and Marc liked but not enough to be the winner:

“BCR Interchange 3.1”  by WodanBCR-Crew

“Around the World” by Name Withheld

“Roundabout” by HazewinDog

Thank you to everyone who participated in this contest. We were absolutely amazed at the number of entries we received! So much so that I think that we should run this contest again some time…

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Posted on February 14, 2011

Another Monday another manufacturer. In this case another three manufacturers in SHIFT 2 have been revealed! They are:

Within the three manufacturers are seven cars:

- Acura NSX

- Dodge Challenger Concept
– Dodge Challenger R/T
– Dodge Charger R/T
– Dodge Viper SRT10

- Honda Civic SI
– Honda S2000

Below is a quick taste of some of the cars revealed today:


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