Need For Speed Developer Explains Why The Racer Will Require An Internet Connection

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Aug 10, 2015 10:15 AM
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If you weren’t a fan of Need For Speed: Rivals’ pesky online component, you might not be overjoyed to find out this year’s Need For Speed reboot will require an internet connection at all times. Need For Speed developer Ghost Games confirmed as much a little while ago, but now it’s given its reasons why.

Attempting to play Need For Speed offline means the game won’t start, but executive producer Marcus Nilsson reckons it’s all worthwhile to make use of the game’s Autolog feature, and in particular for sharing in-game Snapshots to boost player progress.

"We’ve been pretty big with Autolog throughout the years and, as we know, it’s a really powerful feature," said Nilsson during an interview "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."

The Snapshot system is central to this. Need For Speed will automatically take pictures of integral moments in the game, which can then be sent out to the wider Need for Speed network, where other racers can like them. The ‘likes’ are then converted into currency for your playthrough.

Sounds, erm, hideous. It’s Ghost Games and EA dipping its toes ever deeper into social media-like integration, with players rewarded for online activity. Here’s hoping the currency component isn’t integral to progression in Need For Speed.

Need For Speed is racing onto store shelves on November 3rd, for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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16:18 Aug-28-2015

I hate social media and I hate social media mandatory-integration even more... I'll pass on this, thanks for nothing...

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14:50 Aug-23-2015

This game can;t be craked ??? to play without pay ?? someon to answer me !!

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21:23 Aug-28-2015

Maybe they will make a cracked/pirated game with multiplayer? Who knows, There are a lot of cracked/pirated games with multiplayer working.

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11:22 Aug-13-2015

After reading the comments here, I hope people put their money where their mouth is and not buy this game. EA isn't very bright, but if no one buys this, even they will understand that forcing DRM isn't the way to go and they'll do better without it.
Not that I care what happens to EA!!

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12:31 Aug-13-2015

problem is that many people will just be too curious to skip the game so they may obtain it other way, and EA will then say "look at how many people installed this game, of which over half is pirated, we need to come up with more serious DRM" no matter fact half of those people delete the game within a month anyway

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11:19 Aug-14-2015

Good point. Well, at least the # of legit sales should send a message (if it's low enough). They might actually figure out that people want to pirate DRM games even more.

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12:38 Aug-13-2015

Personally i'm going to wait till i can get it used from Gamestop etc, so at least i'm not giving my money to EA :)
...or if it turns out to be only an average game, i wont buy it at all

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19:27 Aug-14-2015

I want to do this....but I've also been waiting for an Underground successor for years....

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23:29 Aug-12-2015

Nope; these so-called "features" don't justify.


"Always Online" is pure BS - for any game! Not everyone around the globe has a flawless internet connection that never dies.


Going to be simcity all over again !

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22:44 Aug-12-2015

I have a pretty decent internet connection, but I just don't like the thought of constantly being linked to the net. Not to mention, in certain countries internet is paid by the amount data usage. So anyways, I was thinking about buying this game, but like this I guess the cracked version will run even better.

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22:46 Aug-12-2015

These companies forcing their DRMs on to games in such sly ways are digging their own grave in the gaming industry, whereas companies like ProjektRed (Who made the Witcher) know exactly how to deliver their productions to gamers and they're not having financial problem and they basically stick to the simple protections

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17:31 Aug-11-2015

i'm sure SOMEONE will crack it...

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22:08 Aug-10-2015

there is a thing I don't understand, how can someone develop something if they know people will constantly complain about it, I couldn't do such thing, even if well-paid...

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00:48 Aug-11-2015

its going to be like simcity all over again

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16:34 Aug-20-2015

Ignorance

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21:21 Aug-10-2015

LOL delusional greedy bastards... get it through your thick heads most gamers want options and will mostly prefer to play SINGLE-PLAYER games OFFLINE so stop forcing online-only and pointless DRM cuz you will regret it !!! Good thing i stopped supporting EA years ago cuz they gone totally insane and ruin almost every single video-game franchise and developers they got their hands on, azzholes. Hope karma gets them in the end !!!


Whole damn gaming industry has gone mad wtf is going on ?! We just want to play games !!!

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12:20 Aug-11-2015

i stopped after battlefield hardline xD the online was ridiculous! even simcity, i said that was my last buy, but hardline seemed enjoyable. Obviously not!

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18:43 Aug-18-2015

Why don't they allow us to play even singleplayer offline? I mean this is absolutely ridiculous..

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18:12 Aug-10-2015

sigh

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14:50 Aug-11-2015

+1 dude

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17:42 Aug-10-2015

Eh I dunno, maybe this internet connection being required all the time is something we have to get used to. I'm not for it but as long as the game is still good I don't mind.

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17:52 Aug-10-2015

Well I mind. I don't always have a connection because I travel a lot. When I end up way out in the county I won't be able to play. Steam, Origin, & Uplay all have an offline mode so why can't this EA game be put into offline mode?

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20:39 Aug-10-2015

We will have to crack original games to play offline

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20:45 Aug-10-2015

at least CDPR know such thing is entirely wrong, praise GOG :)

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17:25 Aug-10-2015

Idk why people are so angry about this.I don't give a ****,i just want a good NFS game with customization with a good pc port.
I will translate what NFS dev said:We made NFS 2015 online only because we hate piracy and we want money...we worked hard to make this game and we want to be paid.

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17:28 Aug-10-2015

That's like putting camera into food and expecting the customer to eat it

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17:32 Aug-10-2015

we want to be paid...daily...for every single car part...for every single car.....as we did in NFS:World....let's hope people will get fooled and throw even more money into it before we shut servers down...again

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17:34 Aug-10-2015

people will buy the special editions of the game I expect then it will be played less

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17:36 Aug-10-2015

if I remember well Koenigsegg CCX "Elite" Edition cost 100$ in real money in NFS:World (yes, only ONE fckin car haha)

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17:13 Aug-10-2015

Not good! Now when I download my brazzers megapack I will have lagg! Not cool EA, not cool!

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21:45 Aug-10-2015

XDDD

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16:55 Aug-10-2015

No offline mode means a no buy for me. Why do these guys think that people want to be held hostage to an internet connection? That is just stupid. Someone like me that travels a lot can't always have a connection. So games like this with forced online are just a waste.

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21:07 Aug-10-2015

Agree!! Same for Ubisoft's The Crew

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16:41 Aug-10-2015

No wonder they got the Worst Company award previously :3

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16:21 Aug-10-2015

unless this game is hacked to be played offline i will not be touching it. i think need for speed peaked at most wantred 2012.

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17:01 Aug-10-2015

What?! NFS peaked at game that was more Burnout than NFS.
But i also agree that NFS peaked with Most Wanted...in 2005.

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15:07 Aug-10-2015

when no one will buy there games then they will understand, they can play there games within there developing teams.

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15:02 Aug-10-2015

Ahwell im not buying it then, they can stick there always online where the sun dont shine

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15:00 Aug-10-2015

Doesn't mattr that much as pirates will disable it.

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15:07 Aug-10-2015

understand it, it's an online game, you cannot disable anything lol

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15:25 Aug-10-2015

i dont quite agree with you there Tzzsmk. Sure it will take longer for them to crack, but look what happened to SimCity and the previous NFS: Rivals, they were all online based games!!!

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15:30 Aug-10-2015

those both games are featuring fully singleplayer mode,
but for ex. The Crew needs internet too ;)

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16:16 Aug-10-2015

@Tzzsmk, Simcity didn't have a singleplayer option for 8 or 9 months or so... The crack was there within a couple of months. It just requires you to setup a "private server".

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17:28 Aug-10-2015

yes I know ;))
but I sense this new NFS will be much more online-bound :/

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20:46 Aug-10-2015

Tzz, wanna bet that it will be just like Simcity ? Don't underestimate pirates ! :D

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20:47 Aug-10-2015

I bet the game won't be even worth playing xD

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20:50 Aug-10-2015

I honestly hope they make something in underground style, they said it has deep customization so I have hope for the game, although I heavily dislike Ghost Games :)

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20:51 Aug-10-2015

it will be more like NFS:World, paying for everything, not interested :P

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20:52 Aug-10-2015

seriously ? where did you read that ?

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21:49 Aug-10-2015

It depends how many things are calculated on EA servers. I believe SimCity was pirated because EA tottaly lied about server side calculation and everything was running from your PC. The Crew has not been pirated because the NPCs and races and the rest are calculated on Ubisoft's server so there would be no point for pirates...
I just hate the idea that you need more players to make your racing experience complete... why did this had to happens ;_;

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14:55 Aug-10-2015

Aaaand once again EA f*cked it up! Really getting tired of this!

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14:44 Aug-10-2015

Pathetic excuses, why don't they simply and honestly say "We put a lot of money in this game and always online is there just to prevent piracy, nothing else. We are greedy, there will be ton of DLCs, so not having piracy will allow us to get as much money out of your pockets as possible." There, that's the reason.

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14:46 Aug-10-2015

Instead of making the game DRM free and as good as possible, so people actually have a good reason to buy it, they are making it always online, so people with unstable internet connection won't be able to enjoy it and therefor they won't buy it. The Witcher 3 is DRM free and look how many people bought it and are having fun with it.

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