Need for Speed Rivals announced, coming to PS4 and more

Need for Speed Rivals has been officially announced by Electronic Arts for release this year, following a teaser image that leaked earlier this week.

The racer will be released for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, with the next-generation versions available at a later date than their current-gen counterparts, which are due in November.

Rivals features an open-world where gamers take control of a racer or a police officer, with each particular side offering its own unique set of challenges and rewards. In addition, Rivals also signals the return of the Ferrari to the Need for Speed series after a seven-year absence.

"The more cops players evade, the more Speedpoints they collect, enabling them to unlock new cars and items. Keep raising the stakes race after race, earning more and more Speedpoints along the way and becoming a more valuable target to the cops – but risk losing it all if busted,” EA’s press blurb says.

"As a cop, players work together as part of a team in pursuit of racers, earning prominence and rising in the ranks of the Police Force with every bust. Achieving higher ranks unlocks new police only cars and more powerful pursuit tech."

Here’s what you can expect from the latest entry in EA’s adrenaline-fuelled racing franchis:

AllDrive – An innovative new feature that allows gamers to seamlessly transition from playing alone, to playing with friends, destroying the line between single player and multiplayer. Players will have to keep one eye on their rearview mirror as friends will be able to enter and exit races on-the-fly, creating a world where no two events will ever be the same

Next-Gen Racing – Redview County is brought to life with stunning, next-generation detail

Need for Speed Network Powered by Autolog – Gamers can compare stats and challenge their friends anytime, anywhere and then easily share their accomplishments with both friends and rivals.

-Personalization – Drivers customize their ride with fresh paintjobs, custom license plates, liveries decals and rims, as well as performance upgrades.

Pursuit and Evasion Tech – White-knuckle racing explodes with 11 upgradeable gadgets including turbo boosts, jammers and EMPs for racers, and shockwaves, roadblocks and helicopters for cops.

Need for Speed Rivals is currently in development at Ghost Games. Stay tuned for more information as we get it.