As part of the racer's final update, with the team at Criterion Game
moving on to develop the next Need for Speed
game presumably for next-gen consoles the PlayStation 5
and Xbox Series X
. Released last year (our full review) Need For Speed Heat
presented the latest entry in the long-running series. One where the hook was race by day, get chased at night.
The June update which is rolling out to PC (via Origin and Steam), PS4, and Xbox One will allow players from all platforms to matchmake and race. Also via the EA Friends tab players on different system will be able to seek each other out too - very cool.
Although the response to head was mixed but still positive, Criterion have also been fine tuning and improving the game since launch. With the June update also bringing a suite of fixes and changes. Head here
for the full release notes.
In terms of next-gen Need For Speed, the team is hinting that it will also be open-world and multiplayer focused.
As we at Criterion shift gears into the future with full focus on developing the next Need for Speed game, this will be the final update for Need for Speed Heat. Since the launch of Need for Speed Heat and as players continue to tear it up in Palm City, we’re listening to what you love about this experience, and what you all believe could be even better. With these insights, we have a terrific foundation to create the most expressive, most socially connected, action-packed game yet for Need for Speed fans and beyond.
And with this update it sounds like cross-play will be there from day one.