Shift 2: sequel announced for EA’s top driving simulator
The London-based studio is committed, as always, to giving you the fastest and most visceral simulation experience around.
The first thing you may notice is that “Need for Speed” appears to be dropped from the title. It’s still being discussed as a Need for Speed game by EA, but there definitely appears to be a concentrated effort to develop a new franchise under the “Shift” name. Need for Speed may be reserved for EA’s more arcade-racer games, such as Criterion’s outstanding Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.
Shift is a pure driving simulator; there are no cops v. robbers. It’s all about driving at breakneck speeds, overtaking and feeling the bumps on the road. They want you to experience the adrenaline rush that true racing drivers get. You may also feel as nauseous as them if you trigger one of Shift’s devastating crash moments.
The in-car camera in Shift 1 was highly celebrated upon its release and Slightly Mad Studios are looking to build on that. The big new feature is helmet-cam, which puts you literally in the helmet of the driver. This should create a more authentic feel. Marcus Nilsson, executive producer on Shift 2, has revealed that the team are working closely with real drivers to ensure that Shift 2 has that authentic edge:
“Shift 2: Unleash is redefining immersive racing by blending the rush of tearing up the track at unbelievable speeds with the emotional experience of competitive battle. We are also working closely with real-world performance drivers to ensure that Shift 2 Unleashed captures their experience and becomes the benchmark in authentic racing action.”
Shift 2 features an all-new rendering engine so it promises to be a better looking game than Shift 1. It will also build on EA’s autolog system, which is used to good effect in Hot Pursuit.
Shift 2 will be launching in spring 2011. Stay tuned for more news.