EA has announced the first game of theirs to ever feature cross-play is Need For Speed Heat even as they tease the next game of the franchise is well underway.
What’s better than racing with friends? Racing with friends regardless of the platform they’re playing on. Tomorrow, June 9th, a final update for Need For Speed Heat is arriving that will allow for crossplay between the Xbox, PCs, and PlayStation 4. From the team’s announcement:
To the Need for Speed Community –
Hello, Matt Webster here, General Manager of Criterion Games. First, I wanted to let you all know how excited our team here in Guildford is to be back in the driver’s seat of development for Need for Speed. As you’ll know we have real history with racing and with Need for Speed. We’re focused on bringing Criterion’s unique point of view, unparalleled game feel, and high quality innovations that will chart a new future for this wonderful series of games.
I also wanted to share with you a glimpse of the road ahead, with our first checkpoint approaching quickly. The team has been hard at work to deliver an exciting feature to Need for Speed Heat, which will be in players’ hands tomorrow!
At Criterion, we’ve always believed that games are better with friends. We don’t want your platform of choice to be a barrier for that experience. So we’re thrilled to let you all know that on June 9, Need for Speed Heat will be the first EA title to offer cross-play, meaning that players – regardless of their platform – can jump into Palm City together as one, united community.
You can read the full blog post HERE for a smidge more information, but it’s nice to see this feature gaining more and more traction. As mentioned, this will be Heat’s final update and that’s because the team at Criterion is already hard at work on the next NFS game, even teasing some potential details at this year’s EA Play….