Need for Speed: Shift like Gran Turismo? Nope: we want our game to be fun

Monday, 27th April 2009 09:31 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Need for Speed: Shift is obviously gunning for realism. You’d kind of expect the Slightly Mad title, then, to have Gran Turismo in its sights. Apparently not. Shift is going to be about “fun,” not “driving in a straight line,” producer Jesse Abney told VG247 in London last week.

“We don’t pretend to compete with Gran Turismo for technological achievement as well as what I would call a ‘driving simulator’,” said the developer. “That’s not the fun angle we’re going after.”

“We’re going after… what it means to be in a race, in a grid of hard competitors who will battle for position, and who will make the organic nature of the race more about performing at that level and less about the challenge of driving in a straight line.”

Despite wanting to offer something different to GT, however, Abney said Shift is paying close attention to Polyphony’s work.

“For us we look at games like GT, Forza 2 and GRiD as the high water mark,” he added.

Shift ships this autumn for PS3, 360, PC and PSP.



  1. Blerk

    Handbags at dawn! :-D

    #1 6 years ago

    Unrealistic but fun gameplay > Realistic gameplay.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    Claws out. lol

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Johnny Cullen

    If they can make the graphics great (which so far, it does), but have a great and fun gameplay mechanic in there, this will be a winner for sure.

    Anyways, is this the Need for Speed game been done by DICE’s Patrick Soderland? Or is that the “secret” NFS game?

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Harry

    It’s starting to sound a lot like GRID but with decent handling.

    Which is a very good thing.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    It looked wicked, tbh.

    Yeah, Soderland’s working on it.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Michael O'Connor

    Nice sensationalist and entirely out of context headline you got going for this article.

    #7 6 years ago

    Shatner has mind melded with Mike.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    That was quick. I haven’t even had my second cup of coffee yet.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. lelik

    i’ll take GT thanks. you fools clearly don’t know your racing games. FUCK FUN.

    and o’connor is totally right. mad props fatty.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Michael O'Connor


    #11 6 years ago
  12. mykem

    EA needs to hire someone with better knowedge of the racing genre. Ultimately, the same people that enjoy GT are the same one that would probably end up buying SHIFT. If I were EA, I would tread carefully so as to not alienate these GT fans.

    #12 6 years ago

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