New Need for Speed Reportedly Launching in November

A new Need for Speed may arrive later this year.
A new Need for Speed may arrive later this year. / Courtesy of EA

The next Criterion Games-developed Need for Speed game, delayed at the start of 2021, is now set to launch this November, GamesBeat journalist Jeff Grubb reports (H/T Eurogamer).

Grubb revealed the release window on the Thursday episode of his Giant Bomb show GrubbSnax. He also said the game would target current-gen consoles, leaving the past generation out of release plans.

"I suppose if you're a Need for Speed fan who has bought a next-gen console, here's some good news," Grubb said. "It's next-gen only. They are shifting to next-gen only for that."

Grubb also discussed the game's setting briefly, saying he'd "heard stuff like Miami, which makes me think maybe they'll go an Underground route," referring to the critically acclaimed Need for Speed: Underground reboot of the series released in 2003. He stressed that he could not confirm the setting, and that the similarity to Underground in particular could be "leaps of logic I'm making."

EA confirmed Criterion was working on a Need for Speed game at the end of 2020, when it said the game was slated to arrive between April 2021 and March 2022. EA delayed the game until its fiscal year 2023 when it reassigned Criterion to help DICE develop Battlefield 2042. Official info on the game has been sparse since then.