November 2011 - Origin
December 14, 2011 (AU, EU)
May 08, 2012 (NA)
May 29, 2012 (JP)
May 12, 2012 (EU, JP, NA)
|May 31, 2021 - PlayStation 3 (AU, EU, NA) Xbox 360, Origin
|EA Black Box
PlayStation 3 (JP) [NA, Full Game Trial only]
PC Download Codes (Origin, Steam)
|Need for Speed homepage
Max_Joker, Community Manager of the r/NeedForSpeed subreddit announced on May 31st, 2021 that five Need for Speed titles were set to be removed from digital storefronts starting that same day. Check individual delisting dates and availability at the top of each game page. The full announcement follows:
Starting May 31st 2021, Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed The Run will be removed from digital storefronts and you will no longer be able to purchase them. In-game stores will also be closed from May 31st. This is in preparation for the retirement of the online services for these titles which will happen on August 31st 2021. Until that date, you will be able to play and race your friends (and rivals) online. From September 1st 2021 onwards, you can still play the games and use the respective offline features of these titles.
Decisions to retire games are never made easy, but we are now shifting gears to focus on the future of Need for Speed. The development teams and operational staff have put a lot of time and passion into the development, creation, release and upkeep of the game over the years, and we love to see you play. But the number of players has come to a point where it’s no longer feasible to continue the work behind the scenes required to keep Need for Speed Carbon, Need for Speed Undercover, Need for Speed Shift, Need for Speed Shift 2: Unleashed and Need for Speed The Run up and running. We hope you have gotten many victories, satisfying drifts, moments of friendly rivalry, and hours of joy over the last few years out of these games. And we hope you’ll keep driving with us in one of our newer titles – Need for Speed Most Wanted (2012), Need for Speed Rivals, Need for Speed (2015), Need for Speed Payback, Need for Speed Heat and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered – many of which are available via our EA Play subscription. Pedal to the metal.
As of July 1st, 2021 each title remains available digitally in some capacity although all remaining versions are expected to be delisted through 2021.
About the Game
Need for Speed The Run lures players into an underground world of illicit, high-stakes racing. The heat is on – and it isn’t just the fuzz who are after you. Entering the race is just the beginning as you blow across borders, weave through dense urban traffic, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds.
Powered by DICE’s state-of-the-art Frostbite 2 engine, Need for Speed The Run takes the action racing genre to new heights with stunning visuals and car physics that hug the road even at top speeds all built around a gripping storyline. The cars are hot, the racing is intense and the story will have you at the edge of your seatï¿½ all the way from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Empire State building.