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How Far Cry 3 and UK racing veterans are helping bring Need for Speed to the next generation

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Need for Speed Rivals, Gothenberg-based developer Ghost Game's debut effort, is bringing together Far Cry 3's lead designer with veterans from Bizarre, Black Rock and Criterion for a new open world racer that's coming out later this year for the next generation of consoles.

Built on the Frostbite 3 engine, Need for Speed Rivals takes place in Redview County, an open word map that's host to scraps between cops and robbers. Both factions will be playable as Ghost reintroduces several features last seen in 2010's Hot Pursuit - including gadgets such as EMPs, shockwaves and the ability to call in roadblocks.

Criterion, developer of Hot Pursuit and last year's Most Wanted, is now steering the course of the Need for Speed series, and creative director of that pair Craig Sullivan has joined Ghost Games to oversee development of Rivals.

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