Racing games are awesome but lets face it after driving the same tracks over and over again it can get a bit stale. That’s why open world racing games like “Forza Horizon” and Test Drive were so refreshing. The trend Open World MMO racing games continued with the announcement of “Drive Club” for PS4 and “The Crew” by UbiSoft. Today Slightly Mad Studios (who created Need For Speed: SHIFT and SHIFT 2: Unlimited) announced that they would also be throwing their hat into the open world MMO racing game genre with their new IP World Of Speed.
World Of Speed promises to bring a “AAA” level open-world racing experience to PCs and it will also be free-to-play. Yes, FREE! Although that likely means there will be tons of micro transactions within the game. Perhaps players will have to pay real money to buy virtual upgrades for their cars? As of now I really don’t know too much but I do know that it will have real licensed cars, feature missions, and “club” gameplay. Hopefully I will be invited to its closed beta which starts this spring. In the meantime check out some of the game’s early screenshots by clicking any of the thumbnails in this post. You can also watch the announcement trailer and read the official press release below.
SLIGHTLY MAD STUDIOS REVEALS WORLD OF SPEED
MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE RACING GAME
Award-Winning Developer bring the ultimate AAA free-to-play online racing game to PCs in 2014
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif – February 10, 2014 – Slightly Mad Studios, the critically acclaimed developer known for their pedigree in racing video games, today unveiled World of Speed, a AAA massively multiplayer online arcade racing video game. World of Speed will be available in 2014 as a free-to-play experience on PCs.
In World of Speed, players will hop in the driver’s seat of an endless garage of cars ranging from everyday city runners to the fastest super cars on the planet to the most iconic cars from throughout the storied history of auto racing. Players will find themselves racing on true-to-life tracks spanning the globe and on tracks only a speed freak could dream up, carved from roadways across cities including London and San Francisco.
“At the heart of World of Speed lies a unique massive multiplayer online experience which incorporates a dynamic social elements and entirely new ways to compete in a racing video game – from an individual to a team level,” said Ian Bell, Chief Executive Officer of Slightly Mad Studios. “World of Speed is an online game and will be continuously supported with innovative and fresh content to keep the competition furious well after its launch.”
World of Speed introduces a new level of connected competition allowing players real-time interactive social gameplay through intense Club and team gameplay, the Airfield social hub, and unique missions and objectives in every race to make every players actions really matter. As an online experience, World of Speed will be supported with live events and player challenges, new gameplay modes, tracks and cars and much more.
World of Speed will be entering closed beta in Spring 2014. To learn more about World of Speed and for a chance to play the fast-paced action in the closed beta, visit and sign up at www.worldofspeed.com. The game will be published worldwide by My.com.
About Slightly Mad Studios Ltd
Slightly Mad Studios is an independent, award winning developer known most recently for its work on Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed franchise with the successful SHIFT series. The company has a core studio located near Tower Bridge, London but predominantly uses a unique distributed development system that allows the team to attract worldwide talent, be cost-effective and ultra-efficient.
For more information about Slightly Mad Studios, please visit: www.slightlymadstudios.com.