Racing Game Hype: Need For Speed 2015 Reveals Identity Of In Game “Icons” And Surprises No One. (Video)

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Ever since the new Need For Speed reboot was announced, EA games has teased that players will interact with certain “Icons” that represent different aspects of the car culture represented in the game.  EA has been tight-lipped as to the identity of these icons, however they pretty clearly teased them in game art featuring the silhouettes of these individuals as well as featuring particular brands in the customization mode of the game.  Based on that we speculated that Ken Block of Hoonigan, Akira Nakai of RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB), famous Porsche collector and driver Magnus Walker are more than likely in the game.  However, there were a few figures we didn’t quite recognize.

Well today EA is finally officially revealed the identities of the Icons featured in the game.  And guess what? Its Ken Block, Akira Nakai, and Magnus Walker.  How ’bout that?  By now you’re probably asking “What about the other figures you guys didn’t recognize?”  Well, it turns out that Chicago-based drifting club Risky Devil and infamous Japanese street racer (and rumored Yakuza member) Morohoshi-san round out the group.

These Icons will motivate the player as they take on the different areas of the car culture: Speed, Style, Build, Crew, and Outlaw.  Players looking to make a name for themselves with speed will need to impress Magnus Walker.  Those looking to build the most unique cars will look to Nakai-san for approval.  Ken Block serves as the authority on Style while Risky Devil and Morohoshi serve as the icons of clubs and outlaw driving respectively.

It really looks like EA is taking the extra step to infuse Need For Speed with authentic car culture (thanks to our friends at SpeedHunters.com) and I am interested to see how it all pays off.  I have already had a chance to play the new Need For Speed at E3 about a month ago.  For my gameplay impressions scroll below.  You can also check out a brand new Need For Speed trailer!

What do you think about Need For Speed’s “Icons”?  Does including these personalities make you more excited for Need For Speed, or are  you not impressed?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

New Need For Speed trailer:

E3 2015 game play impressions:

Official press release:

CARVE YOUR OWN PATH THROUGH NEED FOR SPEED ON YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOME THE ULTIMATE ICON

An Immersive Narrative Inspired by the Heroes of Today’s Car Culture Brings an Emotional and Authentic Experience to Need for Speed

GOTHENBURG, Sweden – August 5, 2015 – Ghost Games™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, announced today the car culture icons who have inspired the narrative behind the reboot of Need for Speed™, and revealed how technology is blurring the lines between live action film and in-game.

Play as yourself in Need for Speed and witness the action from your own point of view as your entourage of friends and the icons entice you into the Five Ways to Play. Make choices that will determine your path through Ventura Bay as you build your reputation through the different styles of driving and progress on your journey to become the ultimate icon.

The real world automotive icons are the stars of today’s urban car culture and have inspired the stories behind the gameplay by how they express themselves on the streets every day.

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 customizing company. Focus on creating that perfect customized 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 categorize him, he just does what he wants. He’s often seen on the night streets rolling around in his customized ride. Risk it all as you mess with and escape from the cops to grab his attention.

“We’re honored 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, the addition of real time compositing has allowed Need for Speed to offer a unique narrative for every player. Your customized car will feature in the live action sequences, showcasing personal choice within the game and blurring the lines between live action and in-game.

See the Need for Speed Gamescom trailer by visiting www.needforspeed.com for more information on the game and the icons.
Need for Speed launches November 3 in North America, and November 5 worldwide on Origin™ for PC , PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Join the Need for Speed conversation on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter®. Press assets for Need for Speed are available at http://info.ea.com.

This title is rated PEGI PROVISIONAL 12.  For more information please see www.pegi.info.

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