The PC version of Need for Speed was postponed a year ago to the spring of this year, and we haven’t heard a whole lot about it since. But today Ghost Games reported that it will arrive on Origin on March 15, sporting upgrades and new features including unlocked frame rates, support for 4K resolution, and manual transmissions.

That last piece, about the manual gearboxes, is interesting because the console versions of the game did not include them when they were released last November. (They’re getting manual transmissions as well, by the way, in a future update.) The exclusion makes sense in a way, since technology has far surpassed human ability when it comes to shifting gears, however players obviously wanted it, thus now they’re getting it.

(A interesting and kind of-important aside: Porsche recently committed to offering manual transmissions in its 911 series for ““as long as possible,” despite the fact that the cars will suffer a performance hit over having them. “It’s a discussion of lap times, as well as of feeling, of being fun to drive,” Erhard Mössle, Porsche’s head of engineering, told Car and Driver. “Obviously the PDK is faster, however a considerable measure of clients want to change gear by themselves. In this way I think we should keep it, for the next generation also.”)

The PC version of the game will support “a selection of wheels from Logitech, Thrustmaster, and Fanatec,” and of course will join every one of the different fixes and tweaks that have been made since the console versions came out. The Icons and Legends updates will also be built in, while the Showcase update, which released for consoles on February 3rd, will go to the PC version shortly after it goes live. The one thing it’s missing, unfortunately, is an proper cockpit view, which to my brain is an even more glaring omission than manual gearboxes. I understand that you can’t see your sleek machine from in the driver’s seat, yet if the goal is to offer something approaching a sensible driving experience, then you truly need to let people actually get inside the car.

Finally, Need for Speed on the PC will be available five days early—that is March 10—to members of Origin Access, which offers subscription-based access to various EA games for $5/£4 per month. Discover more from Origin.


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