When Electronic Arts announced that the Need for Speed reboot would require an online connection, some gamers responded dubiously.

However, developer Ghost Games explained to Official Xbox Magazine (via GamesRadar ) that in fact, there are good reasons behind the idea.

The always-online concept allows the team to deliver a bunch of "exciting and innovative features" and as Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson said:

"We've been pretty big with Autolog throughout the years and, as we know, it's a really powerful feature. This time around we're going to give it more of a human voice. It will treat your friend's play as if it is part of the narrative experience."

Nilsson added that the new snapshot system benefits from the always-connected format, as the entire community can be a part of all the snapped photos. They can "Like" their favorite shots and those Likes are actually "pushed back into the game as currency." Therefore, you can progress faster by utilizing the snapshot sharing feature.

Hey, most of us have an always-online system when we're playing anyway, right? Need for Speed is set to release on November 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The recent Gamescom trailer showed off the great blend of live-action narrative and intense gameplay.

Related Game(s): Need for Speed

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FAREEZ
FAREEZ
7 years ago

Always online? Not going to buy it…

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
7 years ago

That makes two of us.

daus26
daus26
7 years ago

Well, I will buy it….

used.

vatoloco47
vatoloco47
7 years ago

Ben has a point. We are always online on our consoles or pc's anyway..Unless the servers are unstable on release then there shouldn't be any problems.

Kryten1029a
Kryten1029a
7 years ago

Most of us are online at all times, but that's not why they're doing it. This is DRM, plain and simple. As for unstable servers at launch? Can you think of a single game in the last five years where the online component didn't have issues day one? It'll be a circus and it'll take a couple of weeks before anyone can reliably connect and over a month before it's stable.

TrueAssassin86x
TrueAssassin86x
7 years ago

Day one for sure cant wait

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
7 years ago

Considering that "always online" only negatively affects a small percentage of people buying this game, I don't see the problem.

Draguss
Draguss
7 years ago

"Always online is needed for these awesome new features!" Wow, I haven't heard that before. EA keeps trying to pull this BS, and they always try to justify it the same way. If It's not an MMO, it doesn't need to be always online, period.

Crabba
Crabba
7 years ago

I don't care what weird new "features" they add, always online is still as stupid, and completely unnecessary. They could easily just disable those features when you play the game without internet connection…

And don't kid yourselves, this will be an issue for everyone who plays the game early on after release, and every time they need to do some server maintenance etc. Oh, and what happens when they decide it's been a year or two and they decide to shut down the servers because it's no longer popular enough for them to keep them running…

Rachet_JC_FTW
Rachet_JC_FTW
7 years ago

still don't like this always online crap why do we need it and yes i get that @vatoloco "We are always online on our consoles or pc's anyway" but its still for me always been the prinicipal what if theres a black out no power no games well you could play games anyway more apporpreiately if their were a fault at the isp servers/routers then what no games no thanks i like games having the online and single player seperate atleast for now to stay that way.

happy gaming

Bio
Bio
7 years ago

Those reasons are not good reasons, EA.

Bio
Bio
3 years ago

Those reasons are not good reasons, EA.

MRSUCCESS
MRSUCCESS
3 years ago

That makes two of us.

TrueAssassin86x
TrueAssassin86x
3 years ago

Day one for sure cant wait

Rachet_JC_FTW
Rachet_JC_FTW
3 years ago

still don&#39t like this always online crap why do we need it and yes i get that @vatoloco "We are always online on our consoles or pc&#39s anyway" but its still for me always been the prinicipal what if theres a black out no power no games well you could play games anyway more apporpreiately if their were a fault at the isp servers/routers then what no games no thanks i like games having the online and single player seperate atleast for now to stay that way.

happy gaming

daus26
daus26
3 years ago

Well, I will buy it….

used.

Draguss
Draguss
3 years ago

"Always online is needed for these awesome new features!" Wow, I haven&#39t heard that before. EA keeps trying to pull this BS, and they always try to justify it the same way. If It&#39s not an MMO, it doesn&#39t need to be always online, period.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
3 years ago

Considering that "always online" only negatively affects a small percentage of people buying this game, I don&#39t see the problem.

vatoloco47
vatoloco47
3 years ago

Ben has a point. We are always online on our consoles or pc&#39s anyway..Unless the servers are unstable on release then there shouldn&#39t be any problems.

Kryten1029a
Kryten1029a
3 years ago

Most of us are online at all times, but that&#39s not why they&#39re doing it. This is DRM, plain and simple. As for unstable servers at launch? Can you think of a single game in the last five years where the online component didn&#39t have issues day one? It&#39ll be a circus and it&#39ll take a couple of weeks before anyone can reliably connect and over a month before it&#39s stable.

Crabba
Crabba
3 years ago

I don&#39t care what weird new "features" they add, always online is still as stupid, and completely unnecessary. They could easily just disable those features when you play the game without internet connection…

And don&#39t kid yourselves, this will be an issue for everyone who plays the game early on after release, and every time they need to do some server maintenance etc. Oh, and what happens when they decide it&#39s been a year or two and they decide to shut down the servers because it&#39s no longer popular enough for them to keep them running…

FAREEZ
FAREEZ
3 years ago

Always online? Not going to buy it…