Need For Speed: Heat : Due to its latest free weekend, Need For Speed: Heat has seen an impressive 5,500 percent increase in player numbers on Steam, setting the game’s new all-time peak. In addition, it has been reported that a new game called Unbound will be released in the near future, and this may play a role in the reveal.
In recent months, the number of simultaneous players in NFS: Heat has increased from 1,500-2,500 on average to over 86,000 this Sunday, according to SteamDB. As of this writing, there are more than 65,000 drivers in the game. The highest number of players Heat ever reached on Steam was 13,000 a year ago.
There is no doubt that the publisher’s recent free weekend promotion is to blame for such a surge in popularity. Adding a 95 percent discount for the Deluxe version of the game completes the picture. The limited-time offer will remain available until October 11, so you still have the opportunity to purchase the full game almost for free. Considering that new players seem to enjoy the title quite a bit (most recent reviews have been positive), it certainly appears to be a good value.
There is also a rumored reveal of the next chapter in the arcade racing series, allegedly entitled Need for Speed Unbound. According to sources, EA is planning to announce the project as soon as this week, with the intention of launching the game just two months later, on December 2. As a current-generation racing game, it is expected to feature photo-realistic visuals sprinkled with anime elements.
In recent years, Need for Speed has not really stood out since 2010’s Hot Pursuit. Both critics and players have considered the latter games to be among the most disappointing in the series’ history. In recent years, the series has been missing a game-changing element: anime. Could the addition of anime be the answer? Time will tell, but it certainly sounds intriguing. Since Heat is experiencing a renaissance at the moment, it would be a good time for EA to make an impression of what’s to come.