We see the releases of long-lasting Need for Speed series every year and 2019 is not an exception. Last year, we had the chance to play Need for Speed: Payback, while this year EA will publish another NFS game developed by Ghost Games studios.  The name of the latest title is Need for Speed: Heat. 

Throughout the years this franchise saw games made by different teams of developers as well as focus on different gameplay aspects. Some were remakes of the legendary classics like Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012), others were online-only titles such as Need for Speed (2015) or Need for Speed: World Online (2010).

What NFS 2019 will offer players with the newest NFS: Heat release? Whether you’re a veteran of Need for Speed series or a newcomer, you might have the following questions about the newest racing game and we’re here to provide you with the answers.

What is Need for Speed: Heat?

The latest installment in the long-running Need for Speed franchise is an open-world racing game, just like multiple other titles in the series. This time around, the game will not have a strict focus on either official sanctioned race (think of NFS: Shift or NFS: Pro Street games), or illegal street racing. The specific design of the game will encourage you to play both options. Therefore NFS: Heat release will also see the return of aggressive chases with cops.

When is Need for Speed: Heat coming out?

November 8th marks the day when Need for Speed: Heat launches for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. Are you excited? Because today is the day, and you can already purchase the title and take it out for a spin!

Where exactly does Need for Speed: Heat take place?

The open-world racing game is set in a fictional location called Palm City which is based on the real-world Miami, Florida. Players will be able to explore the city freely as well as engage in various side activities, complete challenges, even participate in side-quests given by different characters and of course – engage in pursuits with cops.

Is Need for Speed: Heat online-only?

Multiplayer mode will be available right on the time of NFS: Heat release, however, the game is not online-only. Need for Speed: Heat features an elaborated story in the single-player campaign along with a customizable protagonist. Not only that, the game doesn’t even require an internet connection in order to play full scale!

To what extent can you customize the main character?

The player will be able to choose from 12 premade avatars which encompass both male and female options. You’ll be able to modify the clothing, hairstyle as well as accessories of your character.

Does the game have monetization?

Aside from the original price of the game and DLC content such as additional cars, there will be no microtransactions or loot boxes present in the newest NFS: Heat release. It seems that EA has addressed the issues criticized by the fans regarding the abundance of in-game purchases in last year’s Need for Speed: Payback, and that’s definitely well-appreciated.

Will the new Need for Speed have a dynamic day and night cycle?

Need for Speed: Heat will not have a dynamic day and night cycle; however, this was a conscious choice of the developers and a part of the gameplay design. The player will be able to switch between two gameplay modes, that define the latest NFS: Heat release: sanctioned, legally organized races at day and dangerous, illegal street racing at night.

The first option will earn player in-game currency called Bank, which will be used to purchase cars and upgrades. While on the night shift, the player will be able to earn Rep, especially in chases with the cops. Rep allows the player to unlock new character customization options, special cars and new racing events to participate in. Just beware – cops are way more aggressive at night and if you get caught, you’ll lose your Rep!

How many police heat levels are there in NFS: Heat?

The streets of Miami-inspired Palm City are watched over by a police task force formed to combat street racing activities. NFS: Heat release will present the players with truly challenging police force. There are five heat levels in total. At the first level, the police is somewhat manageable but on level five you are truly on the highway to hell.

You’ll face roadblocks, road spikes, helicopters, rhino cars, police force driving Corvettes who can not only catch you but also bust your car. Each car has a strength meter that marks how much damage it can take. It’s pretty much like HP, just for your vehicle. If you take too much damage, your car will simply be destroyed.

Ways to evade the cops involve aggressive car crashing, outrunning them and hiding in secret locations all over Palm City. Don’t be surprised if the cops will make you sweat on NFS: Heat release. Especially when there are valuable Rep points constantly on the line.

Will the new Need for Speed have nitro?

Once again, the gameplay feature beloved by the veterans of the series returns to Need for Speed: Heat as well. It’s always fun to blast Nitrous Oxide when things are not going your way. It can be helpful when it comes to racing and cop chases. However, this time around the player will have to be tactical as N2O canisters are only usable once – use them wisely.

Will Need for Speed Heat have neons?

Indeed, it will! Not only that, but you’ll also have the ability to customize your car with a mobile app that was available even before the NFS: Heat release! It was really strange how neons were not a customization option in some of the NFS games that took place at night. But the newest 2019 title has addressed the concerns and neons shall glow once more!

The customization options from the legendary Need for Speed: Underground games were amazing, especially with glowing neon lights at night and this will once again be possible in Need for Speed: Heat! Other traditional modifications for suspension, transmission, engine, breaks, and tires also make the return and have a significant impact on gameplay.

How many cars are there in Need for Speed: Heat?

In total, there are 127 cars available on NFS: Heat release, among which are such rides like 2006 BMW M3 E46 GTR which represents Razer’s car from the classic Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Rachel’s 2003 Nissan 350Z from NFSU2 and Eddie’s 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R from the first NFS: Underground. Lots of early 2000s nostalgia!

Why is there no Toyota in Need for Speed: Heat?

Apparently, Toyota cars are absent from Need for Speed: Heat. So, for now, we won’t see the return of the classic Toyota Supra. This seems to be the case because of licensing issues. When asked by the fans, Toyota representatives have stated on twitter that they do not wish to appear in a game which “promotes street racing”.  Despite that, NFS: Heat release will see the return of Ferrari which was absent on NFS: Payback. Not a bad way to compensate for loses. Though, it’s always possible that we might see Toyota return in the form of DLC in the future.

Will Need for Speed: Heat be available on EA Access?

The game is available on EA Access ever since November 6th. However, EA had previously limited the playtime to 10 hours, possibly to avoid revealing too many spoilers before the game comes out officially. Those who played the game before the official NFS: Heat release through EA Access subscription will be able to seamlessly continue their progress from here on out.

Get your hands on the newest title in the Need for Speed series!

A lot of fans had missed the times of classic Need for Speed games with heavy and detailed car customization, illegal street racing, action-packed chases with cops and it seems like the latest NFS game will be an awesome throwback to the good old days! Don’t miss the chance to experience the creative joy of customizing your unique ride and then using it to explore the exotic open-world of Palm City! These attributes were always the elements that made Need for Speed conquer the hearts of gamers! So, visit our Eneba store, acquire your very own NFS: Heat release, and get into the modern take of the old-school arcade racing!