A big update is coming for EA’s Need for Speed game. The biggest news: hot rods! Classic bulbous racers from the 1930s will become yours to command, starting with the 1932 model. Each Hot Rod will come with four Bodykits which will let you alternate between the Soft Top, Coupe, Sedan and Pickup looks.
And there’s more….there’s MUCH more! Developer Ghost Games posted a lengthy rundown of everything else the update will contain, most of which is reproduced below.
New Feature: Manual Transmission
A few weeks ago we broke the news that Manual Transmission would be making its way into Need for Speed and we’re really pleased to be able to confirm that it’ll arrive as early as next week. We know that this is a feature that many of you have requested and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on it.
New Cars: Hot Rods
Arriving fresh into Need for Speed are two brand new Hot Rods. Starting with the 1932 Hot Rod which will come with four unique Bodykits. Each of these bodykits has the potential to transform your Hot Rod into a great new look; Soft Top, Coupe, Sedan and Pickup.
Each version of the Hot Rod also comes complete with a full set of customization, including Hood, Lights, Grille, Exhausts, Bumpers and more.
The second Hot Rod being added into Need for Speed is the Aaron Beck ‘BeckKustoms F132’. This is an absolute monster of a ride and defines the word ‘custom’. When you take the shell from a Ford 1932, gently massage it into a fierce Formula One style chassis and strap in a high performance NASCAR engine, this is what you get.
New Events: Drag Racing
Inspired by the Drag Events of previous NFS titles, these new events are the perfect place for you to get your speed fix.
Unleash a burnout on the starting line to prime your wheels, align in the start box and time your revs perfectly. Think wisely about the use of nitrous, as it may just influence the outcome of the event.
There will be five new Drag events for you to take part in; Neck to Neck, The Perfect Shifts, Drag the Town, Pedal to the Metal and Speed Tunnel.
New Feature: The Warehouse
You’ve read that we’re adding new cars but before you head over to Twitter or Reddit to proclaim you need more garage space we’ve got your back.
Starting next week your garage will receive an upgrade that will allow you to store an additional five cars, perfect for those eyeing up a new ride and no excuse now not to take a Hot Rod for a fun-filled spin around Ventura bay.
Wrap Editor Improvements
We’ve been constantly blow away by your Wrap Editor creations and we can’t wait to see what you do based on the improvements coming in the Hot Rods update.
One of the most common bits of feedback we’ve received about the Wrap Editor is that you would like a coordinates system allowing you to position decals with a lot more accuracy. This information will now be shown in a panel below the selected decal in the edit decal menu and will update in real time when the decal is transformed.
Writing on your car also becomes even easier as we introduce Text Decals 2.0 and selectable fonts. Simply select your desired font and a popup will appear where you’ll be prompted to input your desired text.
Animations within the Wrap Editor are also being improved including:
- Animation indicating when a decal has been added to a vehicle
- Improved animation to indicate more clearly the selected decal on a vehicle
- Speed up info text animation when showing an action happening
Achievements and Trophies
There are three new achievements and trophies for you to go and unlock:
- Drag Queen – Win five Drag Race events
- Wrap it up – Download a shared Wrap
- Kustom kar – Buy your first Hot Rod
Full Patch Notes
With this Living Game update there will be two new vehicles, a new game mode and Manual Transmission.
We are bringing Hot Rods to Need for Speed! Firstly the Ford 1932 Hot Rod, secondly the Aaron Beck BeckKustoms F132. Along with the Hot Rods players will now be able to play a Drag Race and use Manual transmission
- On top of these big features the update also includes:
- A Virtual Warehouse where you can keep an additional 5 cars in your garage
- Improved Snapshot overview screen in the Need for Speed Network menu so you can find out more about your snapshots
- Improvements Snapshot Pro mode
- Improvements to the wrap editor
- 3 new Trophies and Achievements
- More campaigns for Rep / Cash and Discounts
- A variety of tweaks and improvements including game play, World and audio
- Multiple stability fixes
Is that enough for you or do you need more? This update hits Need For Speed two days from now, on March 3.