Want for Velocity has been round because the PlayStation 1 days, however the long-running racing series has been on shaky floor recently. After using the road between extra lifelike sims and outlandish arcade racers for years, current installments like 2019’s Want for Velocity Warmth lastly picked a lane — solely to fulfill with middling reviews. Now up towards powerful competitors like Forza Horizon 5 and Gran Turismo 7, the collection is switching issues up for Want for Velocity Unbound, and its first trailer suggests even individuals who don’t sometimes play racing games would possibly need to concentrate.
As a result of it’s a online game announcement, particulars about Want for Velocity Unbound leaked the day earlier than the official reveal on October 6, confirming a number of, even earlier leaks. Even considerably spoiled, the trailer for Want for Velocity Unbound is a pleasing shock. The collection has leaned onerous into avenue racing and its signature police chases for 20 years. The subsequent installment takes those self same parts and manages to show them into one thing that appears unique and thrilling.
Early reviews and on-line reactions to Want for Velocity Unbound known as the sport’s aesthetic “anime-inspired.” It’s simple to see why that’s — and let’s be actual, anime is a available reference for plenty of players — but it surely’s clear from the trailer the look is supposed to evoke avenue artwork greater than anime. Its mixture of photorealism with a number of distinct animation kinds additionally calls to thoughts Into the Spider-Verse.
Whereas we will get tons of favor from the Want for Velocity Unbound reveal trailer, we don’t get many concrete particulars. A press launch from writer EA fills in a couple of of the gaps. The sport incorporates a marketing campaign mode centered round recovering your stolen automotive, A$AP Rocky is outstanding on the soundtrack and in-game, and as traditional, you’ll have to dodge cops whereas collaborating in avenue races. It’s not even solely clear how a lot of the trailer’s arresting aesthetic will make its manner into gameplay, although EA does promise “a brand-new toolkit of high-energy visible and sound results,” so the extraordinarily cool graffiti impact we see when a automotive hits the nitrous within the trailer at the very least appears to be intact.
Even with particulars this skinny, there’s loads of cause to be enthusiastic about Want for Velocity Unbound. A lot of arcade racers use avenue racing as a backdrop, however the aesthetic appears extra basic to Want for Velocity. However doing a greater model of what you’ve at all times performed wasn’t going to be sufficient this time.
Forza Horizon 4 was a smash hit, aided little question by it being a fixture on Xbox Game Pass. The open-world driving recreation instantly set itself other than the competitors with its large explorable map and numerous completely different occasions to participate in. Its recent sequel solely doubled down on every thing that made it nice, and Gran Turismo 7 gave followers of extra driving sims one more racer to sink tons of of hours into. All of these video games characteristic way more lifelike mechanics and extra precise vehicles than we’re prone to see in a Want for Velocity recreation. Developer Criterion Video games may have tried to imitate their type, however made the extra fascinating resolution to make Want for Velocity Unbound one thing solely completely different.
I’ve by no means been an enormous fan of racing video games, on account of typically not liking issues I’m horrible at. Forza Horizon 4 broke that barrier for me. I used to be nonetheless horrible at it, however I felt good about how unhealthy I used to be. It’s onerous to care about how a lot you’re shedding a race once you’re doing it sporting a hen swimsuit and hauling ass throughout the English countryside, leaving the scattered remnants of roadside fences in your wake. The sheer degree of selection in customization, occasion varieties, and terrain stored me coming again day after day.
I don’t suppose I may do it once more. Going through down one other racing recreation that large, figuring out I’d need to sink dozens of hours in to get the complete impact, simply doesn’t sound that interesting a second time. What does sound interesting is driving round Want for Velocity Unbound’s fictional model of Chicago, outrunning cops whereas listening to a superb soundtrack, the place my automotive sprouts cartoon wings each time I hit the increase.
There’s clearly no manner of figuring out if the sport will truly be any good but, however this wild new aesthetic makes this the primary Want for Velocity recreation I’m genuinely excited for. If it finally ends up wherever close to as fascinating as its reveal trailer, Want for Velocity Unbound may find yourself giving people who’ve averted racing video games a cause to discover a complete new style.
Want for Velocity Unbound launches on December 2, 2022 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Sequence X/S, and PC.