July 27, 2010
|Delisting:||July 14, 2015|
|Developer:||EA Black Box|
|Available On:||None (See Below)|
|Links:||Need for Speed World homepage [Archive]|
Electronic Arts announced on April 15th, 2015 that several of their free-to-play titles would be shut down by July 14th, 2015. Though specific details were not given, the announcement alludes to low player counts and operating costs as the reason for the shutdowns:
On the other hand, some of our other PC free-to-play games are not as popular as they once were. So we find ourselves announcing the tough decision today that we are stopping development and winding down support for four PC free-to-play titles: Battlefield Heroes™, Battlefield™ Play4Free, Need for Speed™ World and FIFA World. These games will be live for another 90 days, after which they will go offline.
In more than five years since most of these titles launched, how we play games has changed dramatically. These were pioneering experiences, and we’re humbled that, over the years, so many of you joined us to enjoy the games and the community. While we say farewell to these free-to-play titles in the next few months, we are always exploring new concepts and ways to bring great games to more players around the world.
Thanks to the fan projects like Night Riderz it is possible to play Need for Speed World through private servers.
About the Game
“Black Box announced that Need for Speed World, the massively multiplayer online action racing game, is available for digital download on July 27 for the PC. Need for Speed World combines the rush of illicit street racing, deep RPG style progression and vehicle customization into an immersive, socially-connected Need for Speed experience. Players can compete against any one of their friends, family or pick from thousands of top ranked players to challenge in intense online battles and police pursuits across 150 miles of sprawling open world.
Players can pre-order the Need for Speed World Starter Pack* today to gain early access to the game on July 20. Gamers will also unlock exclusive cars, earn double XP, reserve their driver names and have VIP status permanently displayed in their driver profile before the game officially launches.“