After a very brief tease in 2020, anticipation for the next Need For Speed (NFS) game is high. Fans anticipated the next entry in the series to release sometime in 2021, however, EA made the decision to delay the next NFS by a year.
The delay was a result of EA asking the Need For Speed development team to halt production so that they could help work on Battlefield 2042, which is EA’s marquee first-person shooter game.
Since then, Battlefield 2042 has been released (to mixed reception), so there is talk amongst fans and pundits that the new Need For Speed game could be revealed this year.
If that rumor turns out to be true, it would be logical to assume that the reveal would happen during the annual EA Play live stream which is an event that the publisher produces to reveal upcoming games.
However, according to a story from IGN, EA Play has been canceled for 2022.
Why was EA Play 2022 canceled?
In a statement to IGN, EA stated that it is canceling EA Play 2022 because “things aren’t lining up to show [you] everything on one date.”
Though, EA wanted to assure fans that new games are still coming this year and that “exciting things are happening at our World-Class studios and this year we’ll reveal much more about these projects when the time is right for each of them.”
Will Need For Speed 2022 get its own reveal event?
EA’s statement strongly suggests that rather than one big event to reveal all of its upcoming games, each game will have its own announcement event.
If that is the case, then it is likely that Need For Speed will have a dedicated reveal event that will probably happen this year.
This wouldn’t be the first time that a NFS game skipped E3. Some of you may remember that Need For Speed Heat was revealed in August 2019 just before the Gamescom event in Germany.
While E3 2022 is once again skipping a physical event, Gamescom is returning to an in-person format this year. Could EA show up to Gamescom with a playable demo of the new Need For Speed game? At this point, we wouldn’t rule it out.
Gamescom is scheduled for August 24th, 2022, so that may be a hint as to when EA would announce the new NFS game, assuming that our speculation is correct.
As usual, we’ll keep you updated as new information develops.
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