The next Need for Speed title is in development at Criterion Games, and the November 2019-released Need for Speed Heat will be updated on June 9 to add cross-play support across all available platforms, Electronic Arts announced.
While further information regarding the new title was not announced, Criterion Games general manager Matt Webster teased that Electronic Arts will have “more Need for Speed and Steam announcements” (the latter is in reference to Electronic Arts’ recent batch of Steam releases) at EA Play Live 2020, which will air on June 18 at 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET via EA.com.
In addition to the cross-play update for Need for Speed Heat, the full patch notes of which are available here, Need for Speed Heat will also be added to EA Access and the Origin Access Basic Vault on June 16.
Find the full message from Criterion Games general manager Matt Webster below.
To the Need for Speed community,
Hello, Matt Webster here, general manager of Criterion Games. First, I wanted to let you all know how excited our team here in Guildford is to be back in the driver’s seat of development for Need for Speed. As you’ll know we have real history with racing and with Need for Speed. We’re focused on bringing Criterion’s unique point of view, unparalleled game feel, and high quality innovations that will chart a new future for this wonderful series of games.
I also wanted to share with you a glimpse of the road ahead, with our first checkpoint approaching quickly. The team has been hard at work to deliver an exciting feature to Need for Speed Heat, which will be in players’ hands tomorrow!
At Criterion, we’ve always believed that games are better with friends. We don’t want your platform of choice to be a barrier for that experience. So we’re thrilled to let you all know that on June 9, Need for Speed Heat will be the first Electronic Arts title to offer cross-play, meaning that players—regardless of their platform—can jump into Palm City together as one, united community.
Once you’ve installed the update (see full update notes here, including some other fixes, too), you can opt in to race players across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You can search for your friends who are playing on any of the above systems, given they’ve opted in for cross-play as well, inside the Find Players menu. Then, go to the new EA Friends tab in the Party Menu to see who’s online to play with.
As we at Criterion shift gears into the future with full focus on developing the next Need for Speed game, this will be the final update for Need for Speed Heat. Since the launch of Need for Speed Heat and as players continue to tear it up in Palm City, we’re listening to what you love about this experience, and what you all believe could be even better. With these insights, we have a terrific foundation to create the most expressive, most socially connected, action-packed game yet for Need for Speed fans and beyond.
As more players join the global Need for Speed community, we also want to provide more options in how the series can be discovered. On June 16, Need for Speed Heat drops into the EA Access and Origin Access Basic Vault, giving all subscribers the opportunity to enter Palm City.
Another step to connect our players and games on more platforms is the recent release of Need for Speed Heat on Steam, alongside 2016’s Need for Speed and Need for Speed Rivals. Keep an eye out at EA Play Live on June 18 for more Need for Speed and Steam announcements. Cross-play will work across PC via Origin and Steam, PS4, Xbox One, and subscribers.
You’ll know from our past history that we want to bring players together however we can. With this announcement and what we’re working on for the future, we’re focused on uniting the wider Need for Speed community—so that you can play, race and compete with all of your friends.
We can’t wait to share more details about Need for Speed down the road. Until then, stay safe, and play together!