Bad news for PC Need for Speed fans. Instead of jumping in the fast lane on November 3, you will be waiting until “Spring 2016.” Why? Ghost Games needs more time to add typical PC features, mainly an unlocked frame rate.
The developer said in a blog post they are “united by one common passion… to deliver the best Need for Speed experience possible.” They go on to talk about how they are listening to you via social media, Reddit and YouTube. And Ghost Games really is listening.
“Part of the conversation includes hearing from our PC community that an unlocked frame rate in Need for Speed is a massive priority for you, and we fully agree. To deliver this, we’ve made the decision to move the PC release date to Spring 2016,” writes the developer.
There’s another reason besides your feedback that EA and Ghost Games is taking this step. The Batman: Arkham Knight PC debacle.
Rocksteady, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and PC developer Iron Galaxy screwed it up badly. Poor performance, glitches and a locked frame rate at 30 FPS led to a vicious backlash from PC gamers. Warner Bros. quickly suspended new sales of the title.
Steam’s newly instituted refund policy saw its first test as thousands of gamers demanded their money back.
Arkham Knight’s developers continue to work on patches to fix the PC version. No new release date has been given besides a vague “Fall 2015.”
Let Your Voice Be Heard
These changes are coming because of you. If there’s something you don’t like about a game, or a feature you want to make sure the developer is focusing on – let the developers know. Don’t be a douche, but there’s nothing wrong with telling developers how you feel about certain features.
Now, instead of getting a terrible Need for Speed release – PC gamers will at least have the graphics options they come to expect with every PC game. You would think these PC features would be common sense for developers.[divider][/divider]
Ghost Games also said that any content updates that come to consoles between November 3 and the PC release will be available to all PC players on day one.
As for console players? A closed beta is coming in the next few weeks to PS4 and Xbox One. Ghost Games wants to make sure their server infrastructure (dedicated servers) is good to go before the game’s launch in November.
Here’s some recent Need for Speed footage. It’s going to look damn good on PC with an unlocked frame rate.
What do you think about Ghost Games’ decision to delay the PC version of Need for Speed? Sound off in the comments.