Need for Speed Mobile could be on the way. The popular racing video game franchise is expected to launch a new title for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series S/X this year, and while Criterion Games is working on the upcoming title, it’s said to feature “some amazing visual jumps,” alleged footage of a new need for Speed mobile game was spotted online. The leaked video suggests that a new NFS racing title with maps similar to Need for Speed Heat could be developed by Tencent for Android and iOS smartphones. There’s no word from Electronic Arts or Tencent on plans for an upcoming mobile racing title.
Leaked footage purporting to be from an upcoming Need for Speed game for smartphones was shared by Reddit user u/Clxbsport on Wednesday. The post is titled Need for Speed Mobile 2022 (Tencent) Gameplay Leaked, suggesting the mobile game could be developed by the Chinese giant, which has been working on Call of Duty: Mobile, Honor of Kings, and Pokémon Unite Has.
The NFS Mobile video shared on Reddit shows 47 seconds of two-vehicle gameplay, giving players an idea of what the game could look like during the day and night. according to a comment by user u/NFSLYY in the post, there are currently three cars in the game – the McLaren F1, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJR and the Lamborghini Gallardo. Some of the game’s on-screen text appears to be in Chinese.
The Redditor also states that the upcoming Need for Speed smartphone game is built with the Unreal Engine 4 and will offer similar handling to the discontinued Need for Speed: Edge, with similar drift boost effects. Meanwhile, the map is said to be similar to that of Need for Speed Heat – this could change as the game develops. At the moment, according to the Reddit user, the game does not contain a story or cops.
As mentioned, neither EA Games nor Tencent have revealed any information about an upcoming title for smartphones. However, it has been confirmed that EA and Criterion are working on a new Need for Speed title for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, which was announced during a November 2020 earnings call. However, it should be released in late 2021, likely thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other internal challenges is the as yet untitled NFS game expected be available later this year.