Criterion and EA have announced that crossplay has hit Need for Speed Heat. Installing the latest update for the game will allow you to play with others on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The studio has also announced that a new Need for Speed title is in development.
If you want to enjoy crossplay, you'll have to install the latest update first. Once that's done, simply start up Need for Speed Heat and you'll be asked if you want to enable crossplay. If you say no by accident or want to enable this feature later, you'll find it within the Privacy settings menu. A small icon next to a player's name will show you which platform they're playing on, and you can use proximity voice chat to talk to other players on different platforms if they've got voice chat enabled. Naturally, they will also need to have crossplay enabled. The crossplay patch also makes a whole bunch of balance and gameplay changes, so check out the full changelog here.
EA and Criterion have also announced that Origin Access and EA Access subscribers will be getting the chance to play Need for Speed Heat as part of those services' Vault. If you're playing the Origin version of Heat, you will of course be able to play with users who are playing on Steam, as well as anyone who's playing the game on PS4 or Xbox One. PC players on either Steam or Origin don't need to have crossplay enabled in order to play with one another; Origin and Steam are storefronts, not disparate platforms.
What's this about a new Need for Speed game?
Criterion says it's also working on a new title in the Need for Speed franchise. As a result, the crossplay update will be the final one released for Need for Speed Heat. The developer says it's listening to "what you love about this experience, and what you all believe could be even better" in order to create the next title in the franchise. If you're hankering for more info about the new project, Criterion is teasing "more Need for Speed and Steam announcements" as part of the EA PLAY Live presentation on June 18th. We could well learn more about the new game then. Need for Speed Heat is available on PC via Origin or Steam as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
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