Racing fans rejoice: Need for Speed Unbound’s reveal trailer is finally out, along with details on the upcoming street racer.
Need for Speed Unbound launches December 2 for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S. While the trailer itself is quite light on details, one Press release (opens in new tab) from EA reveals plenty of details about what to expect from the latest entry in the Need for Speed series.
In line with its new, more stylized aesthetic, Need for Speed Unbound offers gamers the chance to make the world their own with a “high-energy sound and visual effects toolkit”. Along with the usual chance to evade the police in frantic chases, you’ll also be able to heavily customize your character and your ride.
The game also features a specially curated soundtrack headlined by A$AP Rocky. The rapper also appears in the new Takeover Scene, a “playable precision driving mode” that “brings the community together to take over parts of the city.”
I have to go fast
While it might not be to everyone’s taste, the bold new aesthetic adjacent to unbound’s anime is refreshing to look at. Given that the last few Need for Speed games have been a little underwhelming, it’s nice to see Criterion Games try a more innovative approach.
While the happy days of Need for Speed Underground are long gone, I’ve always been of the opinion that Need for Speed is more enjoyable when it lets you bend the rules a little. Need for Speed is best when it’s set in a slightly stylized version of our own reality, where free police chases and limitless street racing are fully and completely incorporated into the setting.
While it’s hard to say which elements of the trailer are embellishments and which will make it into the game, the trailer’s simple commitment to an over-the-top, unapologetic street racing vibe seems like a good sign. If cranking up the nitro on a sharp turn accompanied by stylized graffiti and neon smoke, all while pulsing music plays in the background is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
Perhaps, with Unbound, we will see a more unrepentant and lighthearted version of the Need for Speed formula, reminiscent of the fun of the much-loved Underground games. There has been a worrying trend, built into the new Saints Row, of newer titles undermining what makes them big in an effort to apologize for their own deviations from reality.
If Need for Speed Unbound chooses to revel in the absurdity of its street-racing-obsessed world instead, then we could be in for a real treat and a long-awaited return to the series.