Despite the fact that E3 isn’t happening this week, we are still getting a ton of gaming news coming in. Today EA announced that Need For Speed: Heat will be getting an update tomorrow (June 9th, 2020) which will enable cross-play support.
If you’re unfamiliar, cross-play means that during online multiplayer sessions, someone playing a Xbox One version of Need For Speed Heat (NFS Heat) can play with someone on a completely different gaming platform such as PC or PlayStation 4 (PS4).
NFS Heat is the first ever EA game to get cross-play support. This comes as part of a good news – bad news – good news sandwich.
Cross-play is obviously good news, especially for avid online players. However, it was also announced that this would be the last update for NFS Heat which is kind of a bummer.
However, the reason why it is the last update is because EA has officially shifted resources to begin work on the next Need For Speed game and they have enlisted the Criterion studio to develop it.
Criterion is the team behind popular NFS games like Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, and Need For Speed: Rivals respectively.
EA’s announcement very strongly suggests that they will announce details of the next Need For Speed game at their “EA Play” event. EA Play was originally schedule to take place on June 11th but out of sensitivity to the current Black Lives Matter protests, the event was pushed back a week and will now happen on June 18th at 4pm pacific time.
I have no idea what to expect in regards to what direction Criterion will take on their next NFS game. In fact, I can barely bring myself to speculate on it; Which I find refreshing to be honest.
The only confident guess I have is that the next game will likely be targeting the next gen systems like Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. Beyond that I’m at a loss.
Will they completely shake things up and change the NFS formula? Or will they play it safe? Who knows?! I guess we’ll find out in 10 days.
In the meantime, are you excited about cross-play coming to Need For Speed: Heat? Or is it too little, too late? Let me know in the comments or tweet to me at @MotorworldHype
[Source: EA Need For Speed blog]