EA: SHIFT 2 On Par With GT5, But "Far Ahead" Of Forza 3?
We told you in our recent preview that EA has been quite bullish in regards to hyping SHIFT 2: Unleashed. So this shouldn't come as any surprise.
But before saying the upcoming sequel to Need for Speed: SHIFT will be the best thing since sliced bread, EA executive producer Marcus Nilssen stirred the pot a bit by saying Gran Turismo 5 - which he labels as their primary competition - has "too many cars." Yeah, that's right. Boy, we remember a time when the first question out of a gamer's mouth in regards to a racing game was, "how many cars are in it?" Back in those days, if the answer had been "over 1000," the car lovers would've dropped dead from a mega heart attack.
But that doesn't stop Nilssen from saying to VideoGamer:
"I think it's ridiculous, I do. How many of the millions of people who will buy GT5 are going experience all those cars? None!
I don't think people are interested in driving a Polo 1.4, 1.6, 1.8 - if that would be in such a game, I don't know. I think that people want to drive the original cars that are out there, and those are the cars that we're building: everything from the car-porn cars that you see in the street - the Porsches, the Maseratis - to the race monsters that race around Spa or Monza. It basically caters to all those consumers."
But that's hardly the part that will set the forums and communities ablaze with your standard adolescent hissy fits. Nilssen went on to - seemingly - make a distinction between Gran Turismo 5 and Forza 3; here's the intriguing quote in question:
"We're competing on the same turf. I would be foolish not to be concerned about GT5. GT5 is a beast. It's hard to understand what you should be worried about - it's so big and they have so many features.
I fundamentally think that if you look at Forza 3 and you look at Shift 2, they're not in the same division. Shift 2 is just so far ahead."
Okay, so SHIFT 2 is "competing on the same turf" with GT5 but in regards to Forza 3, it's "just so far ahead." At least, that's how we interpret the wording; he may have phrased it in a different way when speaking, or he simply didn't intend to differentiate between the two. But either way, you can see he does give GT5 plenty of respect after saying it has "too many cars," so don't get too upset.
For the record, Unleashed will boast around 130 cars. Do with that what you will; we have no comment.
12/3/2010 10:17:15 AM Ben Dutka