Need for Speed Heat: gameplay trailer revealed at Gamescom

Published: 20 August 2019

► Out 8th November
► A return to the franchise's routes
► A new synthwave style

After announcing the game last week, EA has dropped a gameplay trailer for Need for Speed Heat (above), and it's very promising indeed. As we thought, the game will see a return to the basics, with customisation and street racing forming the bread and butter of the the latest NFS title.

As expected, the racing is split into two distinct flavours: in the day, you'll earn money racing, drifting and taking part in off-road events – but at night you'll earn a Rep in illegal street races. The stakes are higher once the sun goes down, with more aggressive police cars – but greater rewards if you can outrun them and beat your opponents. Night racing also looks to be a feast for the eyes, too. 

As for the cars? We're sure we've seen some classics such as an E30 M3, and new mid-engined Corvette but other rides such as a Volvo 242 DL and Polestar 1 are also interesting additions to the Need for Speed franchise. EA is branching out, and we're very much behind it. 

Whichever car you go for, you'll be able to customise it to the nth degree, in true Need for Speed tradition. We've seen different paint options, vinyl wraps and bodykits – but the addition of stance-like camber settings is new. Performance upgrades are of course on offer, and players will even be able to tweak the timbre of their exhaust note.

It seems Need for Speed is tapping into the car mod scene with renewed enthusiasm, and the results are looking good. 

What else? 

Take a look at the first trailer and you’ll find everything that’s made the franchise so popular. Silly cars, silly mods and ridiculous drifts are all here – as well as a heavily modified Polestar 1, which makes an interesting change from the usual supercars. The game also seems to run with a cool ‘80s synthwave style theme, and is set in the fictional location of Palm City. Very a e s t h e t i c. 

EA has also released an an app that shows just how you can customise some of the cars in the game, and we've already had a go at modding a classic Volvo 242DL. You can see what we came up a few paragraphs above. It's a dangerously addictive as it is, and EA has announced there'll be new cars added to it every week before the game is released.  

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‘We’re delivering more options than ever before for players to be unique and make themselves known,’ said Riley Cooper, creative director at Ghost Games. ‘Our fans have been clear that they want more cars, more customisation, and more challenges, and we’re tuning up on every aspect. From your character’s style to your car’s performance and your driving style, we’re fuelling everyone’s creativity with this new game.’ 

EA says Need For Speed Heat will be out 8th November across Xbox One, PS4 and PC. We'll update this article when we know more.

By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast