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Why Is Need For Speed Always Online? Ghost Games Explains

When Electronic Arts announced that the Need for Speed reboot would require an online connection, some gamers responded dubiously.

However, developer Ghost Games explained to Official Xbox Magazine (via GamesRadar) that in fact, there are good reasons behind the idea.

The always-online concept allows the team to deliver a bunch of "exciting and innovative features" and as Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson said:

"We've been pretty big with Autolog throughout the years and, as we know, it's a really powerful feature. This time around we're going to give it more of a human voice. It will treat your friend's play as if it is part of the narrative experience."

Nilsson added that the new snapshot system benefits from the always-connected format, as the entire community can be a part of all the snapped photos. They can "Like" their favorite shots and those Likes are actually "pushed back into the game as currency." Therefore, you can progress faster by utilizing the snapshot sharing feature.

Hey, most of us have an always-online system when we're playing anyway, right? Need for Speed is set to release on November 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The recent Gamescom trailer showed off the great blend of live-action narrative and intense gameplay.

Related Game(s): Need for Speed

Tags: need for speed, nfs reboot, need for speed ps4

8/9/2015 9:03:02 PM Ben Dutka

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Sunday, August 09, 2015 @ 10:44:14 PM

Always online? Not going to buy it...

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Sunday, August 09, 2015 @ 11:15:18 PM

That makes two of us.

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Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 12:44:44 AM

Well, I will buy it....


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Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 1:10:27 AM

Ben has a point. We are always online on our consoles or pc's anyway..Unless the servers are unstable on release then there shouldn't be any problems.

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Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 3:31:21 AM

Most of us are online at all times, but that's not why they're doing it. This is DRM, plain and simple. As for unstable servers at launch? Can you think of a single game in the last five years where the online component didn't have issues day one? It'll be a circus and it'll take a couple of weeks before anyone can reliably connect and over a month before it's stable.

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Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 6:53:41 AM

Day one for sure cant wait

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Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 10:50:30 AM

Considering that "always online" only negatively affects a small percentage of people buying this game, I don't see the problem.

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Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 12:49:07 PM

"Always online is needed for these awesome new features!" Wow, I haven't heard that before. EA keeps trying to pull this BS, and they always try to justify it the same way. If It's not an MMO, it doesn't need to be always online, period.

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Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 12:51:07 PM

I don't care what weird new "features" they add, always online is still as stupid, and completely unnecessary. They could easily just disable those features when you play the game without internet connection...

And don't kid yourselves, this will be an issue for everyone who plays the game early on after release, and every time they need to do some server maintenance etc. Oh, and what happens when they decide it's been a year or two and they decide to shut down the servers because it's no longer popular enough for them to keep them running...

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Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 8:17:00 PM

still don't like this always online crap why do we need it and yes i get that @vatoloco "We are always online on our consoles or pc's anyway" but its still for me always been the prinicipal what if theres a black out no power no games well you could play games anyway more apporpreiately if their were a fault at the isp servers/routers then what no games no thanks i like games having the online and single player seperate atleast for now to stay that way.

happy gaming

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Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 10:12:21 PM

Those reasons are not good reasons, EA.

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