Need for Speed: The Run – first trailer, details

Thursday, 28th April 2011 20:58 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Yesterday, a listing for Need for Speed: The Run popped up over on Shopto. Later, EA released the video for all to see. Today, the firm has confirmed the game’s details.

In The Run, players will participate in an “underground world of illicit, high-stakes racing,” in a race from San Francisco to New York.

The cops aren’t the only ones after you though, as you “blow across borders, weave through dense urban traffic, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds.”

“This is the year that Need for Speed goes to the next level,” said Jason DeLong, executive producer at EA. “We think that Need for Speed The Run is going to surprise people with its intense, thrilling story and big action feel. But the game would be nothing without hot cars and crazy-fast chases. So that is what we’re delivering — explosive racing that will have players flirting with disaster at 200-miles an hour.”

The Run is powered by DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine, which according to the press release, provides awesome visuals and car physics that “hug the road even at top speeds all built around a gripping storyline.” Autolog is also back so folks can track career progression and compare game stats.

Developed by Black Box, Need for Speed The Run will be available November 15 in North America, November 17 in Europe, and November 18 in the UK for 3DS, PC, PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360.

The PC packshot is posted below, and the art is the same for all formats.



  1. onlineatron

    A trailer as well, interesting.

    Looks like the old story-driven games. Those meandered between good and ‘so bad it’s good’.

    Still, Criterion or GTFO.

    EDIT: Nevermind, Steph is on top of the info :)

    #1 4 years ago
  2. HauntaVirus

    I’m done with NFS, I bought Shift 2 the other day and WOW.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Gama_888

    its gone

    e3 announcement imminent
    this will be on the m$ show i bet

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Stephany Nunneley

    I added the video in from YouTube.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. onlineatron


    It will be shown at the E3 presser. Typically Sony stumps up the cash for exclusives with EA games. Last E3, the majority of games shown at the EA presser were played on the PS3 (noted due to it’s oddity).

    #5 4 years ago
  6. SplatteredHouse

    Black Box. Now, weren’t they the ones behind Most Wanted! :) It’s a wait-and-see but I’m optimistic if it is actually from the Most Wanted team. Nice trailer.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    RIGHT. Now that the most boring conference call I have ever listened to in my entire existence has finished, I have properly updated the text in this. read it please. Cats had to go hungry for an extra hour just for you.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. nofear360

    Thanks for the extra info, much appreciated! :) At first, after only seeing the trailer, I thought this could be good, but then, after having read that description, my interest level dropped back to 0. Oh well…

    P.S. Say thanks to the cats

    #8 4 years ago
  9. AHA-Lambda

    christ of almighty november is PPPPAAAAAAACKED!!! D=

    Anything else of note from the conference call btw steph?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. themadjock

    @2 I know what you mean, the handling was shocking and the graphics seemed low res. Made me appreciate GT5 more

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Maximum Payne

    If they make pimping deep as Underground 2,cops from Most Wanted and big Areas like Hot Pursuit 2010 then it will be awesome.
    For those who said Shift just came,Shift its not NFS anymore its very different genre then classic NFS and its compete with GT5 and Forza….RUN is more sequel to Hot Pursuit and arcade style of driving.Also does anyone find RUN stupid name for DRIVING name ?

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Stephany Nunneley

    The press release landed in my inbox this morning. Dates, the game’s engine, and platforms have been added. :)

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Nozz

    November will be responsible for a LOT of light wallets!

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Maximum Payne

    ”he Run is powered by DICE’s Frostbite 2 engine” O.o
    Didn’t expect that !

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Stephany Nunneley

    Now, the packshot is in there.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. pukem0n

    this really sounds awesome.
    but where the hell am i gonny get all the money for all those games? :/

    #16 4 years ago
  17. el duderino

    wait,so who’s handling the wii(and more importantly) the 3DS versions?

    #17 4 years ago

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