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Free-to-play Need for Speed MMO hits open beta

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Christo [PCD]
Tue Apr 06 2010, 08:29pm
Christo [PCD] Main Admin Registered Member #1 Joined: Fri Feb 03 2006, 10:48am
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After 14 installments over the last 15 years, the most ambitious and innovative version of Need for Speed is on the horizon. EA is working on a free-to-play massively multiplayer online racer, exclusive to the PC. Joystiq notes that an MMO version of the game could be the last Need for Speed title EA will have to make, offering a potential platform for "limitless updates."

Called Need for Speed World, the title has only just reached beta but already boasts over 150 miles of open road. Joystiq says the game follows the arcade-inspired mechanics of previous NFS entries, and should be widely accessible with hardware requirements including a 2.0GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 512MB graphics card.

While Need for Speed World is free to play, dedicated racers can use real money to buy in-game goods, such as improved vehicles and skills. This is only speculation based on Joystiq's article, but it sounds like much of that content is open to anyone willing to grind for it. Regardless, you can't go wrong with a free game, even if you don't spend 30 hours a week playing.

EA will supposedly introduce new areas, driving abilities and more to the game every few months, but it sounds like there's already plenty to see. The game will debut this summer but it's officially in open beta, and you can take it for a spin by applying here. Watch a gameplay video after the break.
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Morgue[FLB]
Wed Apr 07 2010, 09:01am
Morgue[FLB] Admin Registered Member #59 Joined: Wed Mar 08 2006, 11:21am
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Oooo, thanks for the info!

I'll definitely be trying this game out
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SpEks
Wed Apr 07 2010, 11:14am
SpEks Registered Member #24 Joined: Sun Feb 12 2006, 05:13pm
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I was never really good at racing games... But free to play + Uncapped = Maybe worth a try.
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Dade_182
Wed Apr 07 2010, 11:23am
Dade_182 Admin Registered Member #308 Joined: Tue May 15 2007, 11:36am
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Absolutely. I would love to try it. Thing is, what if the world becomes too populated? Can anyone say traffic jam? or will the world be REALLY big or will there be a limit to the amount of people in at the same time?
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Morgue[FLB]
Wed Apr 07 2010, 11:24am
Morgue[FLB] Admin Registered Member #59 Joined: Wed Mar 08 2006, 11:21am
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SpEks wrote ...

I was never really good at racing games... But free to play + Uncapped = Maybe worth a try.
Not that gaming uses much data - they try to optimise the packets for quick transmission.

But a word of caution, these new 'uncapped' accounts are kinda fail, from my experience with them so far. The shaping on the lines during so-called "office hours" is draconian.

Still, this is not the thread for that discussion

Dade_182 wrote ...

Thing is, what if the world becomes too populated? Can anyone say traffic jam? or will the world be REALLY big or will there be a limit to the amount of people in at the same time?
LOL Dade! I don't they'll let the 'population' escalate to traffic jam proportions I think with a racing game, it's pretty easy to make the terrain really big with lots to explore and lots of challenges to take on (and they are calling it NFS World, after all).

But they may implement schemes to reduce the load on their servers, just as Blizzard has done with it's free servers (like "instances" that are limited to a certain number of users, etc).
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Dade_182
Wed Apr 07 2010, 12:23pm
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I know they will. Was merely sharing what popped into my mind. It's like dungeons in WoW that only allow a certain amount of people in at the same time. Also several groups can enter at the same time and each gets taken to their own instance.
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Synthetic_Darkness
Mon Apr 12 2010, 04:15pm
Synthetic_Darkness Registered Member #153 Joined: Sat Jun 03 2006, 10:14pm
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I'm gonna pply for it, but having no uncapped.....*sigh*....It's gonna suck downloading the client....Maybe make a plan and get a friend to download it...
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Dade_182
Tue Apr 13 2010, 11:23am
Dade_182 Admin Registered Member #308 Joined: Tue May 15 2007, 11:36am
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GL with that. I've still gotta wait at least 2 months before getting my uncapped.
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Morgue[FLB]
Wed Apr 14 2010, 12:48pm
Morgue[FLB] Admin Registered Member #59 Joined: Wed Mar 08 2006, 11:21am
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Dade: Uncapped is kinda horrible if you wanna download I'm afraid

Anyway, I've signed up for the NFS World Beta. Let's hope I get picked

BTW, their browser detection code is somewhat archaic:

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Dade_182
Thu Apr 15 2010, 08:37am
Dade_182 Admin Registered Member #308 Joined: Tue May 15 2007, 11:36am
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I never specified from who or which package i'll be getting.
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