Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit comes out tomorrow in Australia, which is why we've found it so surprising that info on SHIFT 2 UNLEASHED has started leaking all over the web. But then it hit us, the 'Need for Speed' moniker is curiously absent from this sequel. It seems that, much like Modern Warfare before it, EA isnow concentrating on allowing SHIFT its own space and brand within a brand, which we think is a good thing.
This new trailer is also a good thing.
The original SHIFT was launched under the Need for Speed brand, which helped sales obviously, but SHIFT was also a very, very good racing sim. We're glad that EA is giving Slightly Mad Studios the chance to create something a little more independently and can't wait see what they come up with.
This trailer is light on gameplay, and heavy on hype, but we're relieved to see that the sequel is sticking close the roots of the original shift, focusing on a more physics driven, realistic race experience.