The 2022 Need for Speed game will reportedly have "anime elements" through the addition of cartoonish graphics, adding a dash of flair to this upcoming racing game.
The Need for Speed franchise has been kind of dead lately. Aside from a canceled TV show, a bunch of older games were pulled from digital storefronts last year. Now, some new claims from Jeff Grubb say that the next Need for Speed game is going to feature some stylish, anime-esque graphics to make it stand out with a unique visual style.
The 2022 Need for Speed Game Sounds Stylish
VGC reports (via ResetEra) that GiantBomb's Jeff Grubb has revealed some details about the 2022 Need for Speed game, highlighting an unusual visual style that will overlay anime-styled graphics over realistic cars.
"It’s going to be photo-realistic, but it’s going to have on top of that, anime elements," Grubb said in the latest Grubbsnax according to VGC.
"You know when you see a car commercial or something like that and the car’s driving around, but then cartoons flames and stuff are flying off it? That’s the kind of the aesthetic that they seem to be going for."
If you're wondering what that could look like, you can take a look at the above video which is claimed to be alpha footage from the next Need for Speed game. The aesthetics we see here certainly line up with what Grubb is talking about; that said, you should keep in mind that this is far from representative of a finished, polished game.
Visuals aside, there's also a nice surprise for gearheads: Grubb says that car customization will be making a return in this year's game. You'll be able to play the next Need For Speed game sometime later this year as far as we know, although you probably won't be able to play it on last-gen consoles.