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Need for Speed Shift Video Game - Web Exclusive

Jun 5, 2009
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Electronic Arts announced that Need for Speed Shift will feature 18 authentic race tracks and over 65 pixel-perfect cars, including the very latest BMW M3 GT2 from the American Le Mans Series that will grace the front cover.

The spectacular Shift cover car is one of the fastest, most powerful cars to be featured in a Need for Speed game. Designed to deliver a true drivers experience, Shift boasts legendary cars from the past 35 years, each modeled to deliver an incredible sense of speed and realism.

We had a chance to see the game in action at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. In addition to the M3, there are cars such as the 1972 Nissan Skyline 2000GT-R and exotic cars like the 2007 Lamborghini Reventn. The best way to show off these hot rides is to take them for a spin on the track. Need for Speed Shift features over 50 unique layouts across 18 tracks including real-world locations and fictional circuits. Players can race on world-renowned tracks like the grueling 20km Nordschleife or meticulously-designed fictional circuits found in Glendale with its steep grades, hairpin corners and blind crests.

One interesting aspect of the game is its slo-mo function as a car crashes. Using the in-cockpit view, it's also possible to look around your environment, down at your feet, etc.

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The Need for Speed Shift car roster includes the following European models:
2006 Aston Martin DBR9
2009 Audi R8 LMS
2008 Audi R8
2008 Audi RS4
2007 Audi S3
2007 Audi TT 3.2 quattro
2006 Audi S4
BMW M3 E36
BMW M3 E46
BMW M3 E92
2008 BMW 135i Coup
2009 BMW M3 GT2
2007 BMW Z4 M Coup
2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4
1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
2006 Koenigsegg CCX
2008 Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4
2007 Lamborghini Murcilago LP640
2007 Lamborghini Reventn
2006 Lotus Elise 111R
2007 Lotus Exige S
2005 Maserati MC12 GT1
1994 McLaren F1
2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition
2007 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG
2006 Pagani Zonda F
2010 Pagani Zonda R
2008 Porsche 911 GT2
2009 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
2006 Porsche 911 GT3 RS
2004 Porsche Carrera GT
2007 Porsche Cayman S
2008 Renault Mgane RS
2007 Seat Leon CUPRA
2008 Volkswagen Scirocco
2006 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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The Need for Speed Shift track list includes:
Alpental
Autopolis International Racing Course

Ambush Canyon
Brands Hatch, GB
Dakota
Ebisu Circuit
Glendale
Hazyview
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, USA
London
Miytomi
Nordschleife, DE
Road America, USA
Rustle Creek
Silverstone, GB
Circuit de Spa Francorchamps, BE
Tokyo
Willow Springs, USA

Need for Speed SHIFT is being developed by Slightly Mad Studios in collaboration with Black Box and Patrick Soderlund. Slightly Mad Studios includes developers and designers that worked on GT Legends and GTR 2. The PSP version is being developed by EA's Bright Light studio.

Need for Speed SHIFT is scheduled to ship in North America on September 22, 2009 on the PS3, Xbox 360, PC and PSP.

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