Need for Speed Unbound has been leaked and rumored for some time now. The latest title in the long-running franchise is being led by Criterion Games, the studio behind legendary titles like Burnout 3: Takedown and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. 

Not too long ago, an announcement for Need for Speed Unbound was teased by the official Twitter account. Soon after, the date for the long-awaited trailer was also revealed. 

Need for Speed Unbound has received its first official trailer, and the game is set to release on December 2, 2022. 

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Need for Speed Unbound heads into a bold new direction for the franchise. Criterion Games has decided to go for a very stylized aesthetic, mixing elements of realism and animation for a unique look to the game.

With Criterion Games’ latest title, fans can expect all the bells and whistles they have come to expect from Need for Speed. The game will deliver fast-paced arcade racing, placing car customization at the heart of the game. Cops will also return, in classic Need for Speed fashion. 

Additionally, Need for Speed Unbound will be exclusive to next-generation consoles. This should allow the developers to push the limits of the franchise, leading to the most impressive visuals from Need for Speed yet. 

Criterion Games has not led development on a Need for Speed title since 2012. While Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2012 proved to be an unpopular release, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is still ranked among the finest games in the franchise. As such, fans have come to expect a high-quality release from the developer. 

Need for Speed Unbound

The latest entry in the franchise looks to be going for a fresh take on the franchise, while keeping elements that fans have come to love. The upcoming game has a lot of potential, but it remains to be seen if Criterion Games can capitalize on this opportunity to breath new life into the franchise.

Need for Speed Unbound is only two months away from release, and fans of the franchise will not be waiting too long to finally race through a brand new Need for Speed universe. Fans can also pre-order the game to play three days before the official release date.

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Avinash Jaisrani
[News Reporter] Avinash is currently pursuing a Business degree in Australia. For more than three years, he has been working as a gaming journalist, utilizing his writing skills and love for gaming to report on the latest updates in the industry. Avinash loves to play action games like Devil May Cry and has also been mentioned on highly regarded websites, such as IGN, GamesRadar, GameRant, Dualshockers, CBR, and Gamespot.