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Need for Speed World

Need for Speed World was a free-to-play MMO racing game in the Need for Speed universe, sharing many gameplay features with Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Need for Speed: Carbon, focusing on illegal street racing and police chases.

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Type: MMO Racing
Release Date: July 27, 2010
Closure Date: July 14, 2015
Pros: +Fast-paced racing. +Great graphics. +Massive game world.
Cons: -Lacks MMO elements. -Pay-to-win. -Repetitive gameplay.


Need for Speed World Overview

Need for Speed World was an MMO racing game that mixed elements of MMO gaming with the tried-and-true Need for Speed formula found in two of the illegal racing games in the series: Most Wanted and Carbon. It took place in the world of Tri-City, giving players places to drive between two cities, and adding new graphics and locations featured in the original Tri-City of the Most Wanted and Carbon games. The game featured over 100 licensed vehicles, from over thirty manufacturers such as Volkswagen and Porsche, with customizable parts that affected car performance. Players could earn reputation and skill points to further customize their gameplay experience, which would cease accruing at level 10 without a “Starter Pack,” purchased with real money. Gameplay consisted of multiple game modes where players could run from police, free roam and search for treasure, drag race, circuit, and many more.

Need for Speed World Key Features:

  • Over 100 Licensed Vehicles – Collect vehicles from over 30 real world manufacturers, pimping them out with custom parts and paint jobs.
  • Multiple Race Types – Roam around the massive game map in Free Roam, or partake in racing events such as Pursuit Outrun, Drag, Meeting Place, or Team Escape.
  • Car Customization – Upgrade your favorite vehicle with performance parts, skill mods, vinyl, neons, and power-ups.
  • Massive Game World– Drive between two huge cities, earning reputation and items from participating in events found around the map.

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Need for Speed World - Official Trailer


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Additional Info

Need for Speed World Additional Information

Developer(s): Quickline Games, EA Singapore
Publisher(s): Electronic Arts
Game Engine: EAGL 3 (Modified)

Open Beta Date: July 2, 2010
Release Date: July 27, 2010
Closure Date: July 14, 2015

Need for Speed World was co-developed by EA Black Box (rebranded Quicklime Games before closing in 2013) and EA Singapore, with Quicklime based in Canada and the EA branch of Singapore.  The game was published by EA as the first freemium Need for Speed game, and was part of EA’s “Play 4 Free” model that included Battlefield Heroes and Battlefield Play4Free. The game’s testing began publicly in Taiwan in October 2009, eventually moving to a worldwide open beta in July 2010. The game officially released on July 27, 2010, although players who purchased its starter pack were allowed access to the game a week early.

The game was shut down in July 2015 along with the rest of the Play 4 Free games, with Need for Speed World in particular suffering from rampant cheating and mismanagement. Its developer shut down midway through the game’s life in 2013, being passed over to Easy Studios (developer of Battlefield Heroes) to moderate the game. Easy Studios then announced in 2014 that they would no longer work on the game, instead passing the game to a “Task Force” team made of the game’s old developers and new developers from EA Canada. Its rocky history contributed to its eventual close in July 14, 2015, as its declining userbase and low purchasing could no longer support it.