Need For Speed Heat Gets Crossplay in Final Update

Need For Speed Heat Gets Crossplay in Final Update

As Criterion gears up for a new NFS, it adds one more thing to Heat.

Need For Speed's latest is getting one last feature update, and it's a pretty notable one. Electronic Arts and Criterion Games announced today that a final update for Need For Speed Heat is coming tomorrow, adding crossplay.

Tomorrow's update will allow console and PC players to race each other regardless of platform. In a blog post from today, Criterion says this is the first EA title to receive crossplay. Though games like Apex Legends have brushed with the idea of crossplay, a cursory glance at EA's catalogue indicates this truly is the first full step into console and PC cross-platform play.

This will be the last update for Need For Speed Heat, as Criterion Games gears up for the next game in the racing franchise. The studio took over the Need For Speed franchise earlier this year, following the launch of 2019's Heat by Ghost Games, which is now EA Gothenburg. Though Heat fared somewhat well, Reviews Editor Mike Williams found it still lagged behind its genre competitors.

With the studio behind the acclaimed Burnout series now at the wheel, Need For Speed could have some interesting times ahead of it. We'll find out more about what Criterion is up to soon, as the studio notes that fans should keep an eye out for the upcoming EA Play Live broadcast. Though the stream was originally set for this week, Electronic Arts announced last week that it would be moving the stream back a week due to ongoing protests around the world over police brutality and racial injustice.

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