The Need for Speed Twitter is teasing something to do with the mega-popular Underground series. Could a remake be announced at EA Play today?
EA Play is happening later today and we’re sure to see several exciting, new announcements. One of those could be some type of remake or remaster of Need for Speed: Underground and its sequel. The Need for Speed Twitter account posted a new video today that’s just the Need for Speed: Heat logo with Lil’ John and The East Side Boyz’ “Get Low” playing over the top. Astute readers will remember that track featured as the theme song for NFS: Underground back in 2003. Will the team announce something in the Underground series today? Only time will tell. Check out the Tweet below.
— Need for Speed (@NeedforSpeed) June 18, 2020
Need for Speed: Underground remains one of the high watermarks of the long-running franchise. Personally, I’ve always preferred the sequel, but both games are excellent. And, while last year’s NFS: Heat was decent, it failed to stand out from better racers like Forza Horizon 4. Taking the series back to the streets of Underground might be exactly what this franchise needs.
So, if Criterion is going to do something related to Underground, the question becomes which direction will they go? A remake or remaster probably makes the most sense. As I mentioned above, those original two games are beloved by the community. EA could easily make bank just selling on nostalgia.
However, with a new console generation on the way, they could be looking at an Underground 3. Of course, that brings some big risks. You don’t just invoke the Underground name and put out another basic racer. They’d really have to go for it. Considering they haven’t been able to commit to a direction for a while, that sounds like a big ask.
We should know more after today’s EA Play event. It kicks off at 4 PM PST. We’ll be streaming our live reactions to the show, so be sure to check that out on our YouTube channel.