The Need for Speed Unbound release date is coming, and it’s coming fast. The game was announced in October and is scheduled for release in December. This is one of the fastest release time announcements we’ve seen from a Need for Speed game.
The release date of Need for Speed Unbound is December 2nd, 2022. The game is exclusive to next-gen and will not be available on last-gen consoles. It will also be available on Steam.
Need for Speed is a long-running series that’s always trying something new. This time around, EA is taking the series back to its street racing roots with Need for Speed Unbound. NFS Underground and Most Wanted 2005 are considered the best games in the series, and the return of the popular franchise to the days of high-stakes racing and pink slips is an exciting prospect for fans.
Need for Speed Unbound release date
The Need for Speed Unbound release date is set for December 2nd, 2022. This was a quick announcement, followed by a quick release in a couple of months. This type of announcement and release schedule is usually done by Bethesda, and fans appreciate that.
A game that’s announced close to completion, without a long wait or extensive marketing campaigns that border on the obnoxious, is generally disliked.
If you’re a fan of the series and want to get your hands on the game a little sooner, EA Play members can try the game for 10 hours starting November 29, 2022.
Need for Speed Unbound Platforms
Need for Speed Unbound is coming only to next-gen consoles. It will be released for PS5, Xbox One X/S and PC. Players on older consoles will be banned from the release this time. So if you were hoping to cruise the streets of Need for Speed Unbound with your PS4 or Xbox One, you’re out of luck.
We knew this was going to happen, and after two years of next-gen console release, it’s finally here. There’s also no mention of a Need for Speed Unbound Nintendo Switch port or a streaming solution. We already have the PC system requirements for the new Need for Speed game.
Need for Speed Unbound developer
Criterion Games develops Need for Speed Unbound and is published by EA. They have worked on several Need for Speed games such as Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2012 and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010.
Old school gamers would remember Criterion Games as the developers of another epic racing series, Burnout. They did the crazy physics-based arcade racer back then, and the last Burnout outing was in 2008 with Burnout Paradise. A lot of fans would love to see them make burnout games again, but we get what we get.
Need for Speed Unbound setting
Need for Speed Unbound is set in a fictional town called Lakeshore City and appears to have a lot of streets (well, yeah). The entire map of the city with points of interest can be seen on the Need for Speed Unbound website. From what we’ve seen, there are quite a few different settings across the city.
There’s the mountain road, Kennedy Drive, which seems to wind down a mountain, perfect for long chains of drifts. The city can also be seen in the background. It looks like a scenic route that we’re sure would look just as good at night with the city lights in the distance.
The map also shows a quarry area, a car factory with a test track, a city pier and a gully. We also see some safehouses where you can stash won cash, repair your cars and wait for the heat to subside.
Overall, the map seems fun, and the roads are twisty enough to offer smooth turns. We can’t wait to explore Lakeshore City.
Need for Speed Unbound gameplay
The Need for Speed Unbound release date brings the same arcade gameplay that NFS fans love. Criterion takes everything we love about the Need for Speed series and makes it better and more tailored to our personal tastes. The game allows you to drive a fast car in a beautiful city. This time, however, your self-expression goes beyond the way you drive.
Customization is at the core of the experience and is evident right in the announcement trailer. The game allows you to customize your cars to the maximum and even outfit your character with clothes you like. That’s not all; You can change the effects of your car as you like.
The Grand is considered the ultimate racing challenge in Lakeshore City. You run towards it. You can challenge competing racers and place side bets to win even more money. The bets involve risk, but the more you risk, the more money you make.
There are cops in Need for Speed Unbound too. We hope they’re as aggressive as the cops in Need for Speed Heat; They start out mild but quickly ramp up their antics as you gain more heat. There are new escape mechanics here too, with underground locations to hide in and reduce the heat on you. Using new escape mechanisms earns you even more cash bonuses and encourages you to take on the police.
Earn enough money to enter the Weekly Qualifiers and make your way to The Grand.
Need for Speed Unbound new features
There is also drifting in the game. No modern Need for Speed game is complete without it. Also, the simple controls are back, you can use the handbrake to initiate the drift, but that’s the old way. The new “one-tap” brake or throttle controls are also here. Customization of the controls ensures you use the best drift method you love.
Grip turning is also available if you don’t want to go sideways. Combine that with a Nitrous burst, and you’ll be shooting around corners in no time.
There’s a new takeover mode that can get you a nice cash injection or even a new car if you’re brave and clever. You will be alone on the track but compete with the results of other racers. The new events are all about style and chaos. Drift through corners, dash through barricades and barrels, and multiply your score by maintaining the combo. A$AP Rocky is an in-game character and his music is also included in the soundtrack.
There are new gigs that you can use to make money. From car delivery jobs to personal delivery jobs. There are drift zones, speed traps, speed runs, jumps, challenges and collectibles to keep you busy.
Need for Speed Unbound Multiplayer
There will be multiplayer in Need for Speed Unbound. However, we don’t have many details about the multiplayer aspect of the game just yet. We hope we can still freely roam the city with our friends and engage in unsavory activities frowned upon by the authorities. We’ll update the article as Criterion Games releases new details.
There are many cars at your disposal in single player mode. We hope the entire list carries over seamlessly into multiplayer.
Need for Speed Unbound visuals
The new effects are called “Tags” and are activated when you use your boosting powers. Actions like drifting, near misses, and jumping allow you to charge up your boosting powers and activate them in a visual explosion. The effects paint the surrounding world in your customizable art. This is certainly a unique take on street racing and we’re excited to work on it.
That’s not all. If you don’t like the tag effects, you can disable them entirely. This is a welcome addition for those who just want a pure NFS racing experience. We reserve judgment if we can actually play the game ourselves. The Need for Speed Unbound release date is fast approaching and we can’t wait to see you paint the world.
Inspired by street art and other media, we creatively subvert the characters and visual effects, turning them into expressionistic illustrations of “you” and “your actions”. It’s literally graffiti coming to life.
The graphics look great overall and the city seems beautifully designed. The art design sets Need for Speed 2022 apart from the other racing games in the series. The comic-style cel-shaded characters and effects are interesting to look at.
The team is aiming for 4K action at 60fps on consoles, which is certainly a welcome change from what other games are doing. We’ll report back once we actually see the game on consoles.
Need for Speed Unbound Editions
There are only two editions of the new Need for Speed game. The Standard and the Palace Edition. There are also pre-order bonuses associated with both editions.
- Bonuses for pre-orders – Driving Effect, License Plate, Banner Art & Decals, $150,000 Bank (Multiplayer Only)
- default edition – Contains only the game.
- palace edition – Includes the game, 4 custom cars, Palace driving effects, Palace decal and license plate, Palace character poses and banner art, and a 20-item Palace clothing pack.
- palace edition cars – Mercedes-AMG GT Black Series 2020, VW Mk1 Golf Gti 1976, BMW E30 M3 1988, Mercedes-AMG G 63 2017.
Need for Speed 2022 trailer
There were some short trailers for the new Need for Speed game. Here are some of them.
The Need for Speed 2022 reveal trailer has some gameplay mixed in with cars and characters. The trailer also features a real artist, A$AP Rocky. The trailer shows races, the story, the setting and the customization.
Risk and reward game
Then we got a trailer showing police car chases in the new Need for Speed game.
Takeover event gameplay
The Takeover Event gameplay trailer shows the new mode in full. It also shows some of the effects you can apply to your vehicle in the game.
The new Need for Speed is just around the corner and from what we’ve seen it’s shaping up nicely. Of course, we’ll also have to see how much support this game gets post-release, EA summarily dropped support for the last Need for Speed game, Heat. The last game had a thriving community eagerly awaiting more content just to stay dry.
Check out the ranking of the 26 best Need for Speed games while you wait for Need for Speed 2022.
Will you use the new fancy effects in Need for Speed Unbound? Or will you disable them as soon as you have the opportunity? Let us know your preference in the comments. See you on the streets of Lakeshore when Need for Speed Unbound releases on December 2nd, 2022.