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Need for Speed (2019) is an upcoming game in the Need for Speed series, that will be "revitalising the street race versus cops fantasy at the core of the franchise."

It will mark the series' 25th anniversary following the first game's release in 1994 - Road & Track Presents: The Need for Speed - and the second game denoting the series' long history following the Black Edition of Need for Speed: Most Wanted; released in 2005 to mark the series' 10th anniversary.

Pre-Release

EA Play 2019

The 2019 EA Play event was announced on March 7, 2019, and will be held from June 7, 2019 to June 9, 2019 at the Hollywood Palladium on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

The three day event will forgo a press conference seen at the previous events in favour of multiple live streams of upcoming games and the teams developing them.

Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 will feature live streams from developers showcasing new games, with a fan festival being held all weekend on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 for players to experience multiple games during the EA Play event.

Various games will also be showcased live from the EA Play event by selected content creators at the Creator's Cave in the Hollywood Palladium.

No schedule, list of featured games, or appearances were included with the initial announcement, with the exception that tickets for the event would be made available for purchase in April.

Q4 FY19 Financial Results

On May 7, 2019, Electronic Arts released a report of their fourth fiscal quarter, which ended on March 31, 2019. The report highlighted the publisher being "overjoyed" with the performance of Apex Legends and negotiations to bring the game to China, as well as mobile devices.

We are in advanced negotiations to bring Apex Legends to China and to mobile, and we will update you on time frames when those negotiations are concluded. We're self-publishing Apex Legends in Korea.
— Blake J. Jorgensen, COO & CFO[1]

It was later outlined in the report that the 2019 release of Need for Speed will involve street racing, police, and the conflict between the two as has been a major element of the franchise.

It was also stated in the same report that Electronic Arts projects the 2019 release to sell around 4 million units, which was noted to be inline with previous releases in the series; Need for Speed: Payback, Need for Speed (2015), and Need for Speed: Rivals.

Need for Speed returns to consoles and PC this year, revitalizing the street race versus cops fantasy at the core of the franchise.
— Andrew Wilson, CEO & Director
The new Need for Speed title, we expect to sell around 4 million units, in line with the past performance of the franchise.
— Blake J. Jorgensen, COO & CFO

Q3 FY19 Financial Results

On February 5, 2019, Electronic Arts released a report of their third fiscal quarter, which ended on December 31, 2018. The report highlighted a disappointing quarter, but also a focus on research and development, as well as improvements to release executions for their games and a commitment to "games as a service".

Q3 was a difficult quarter for Electronic Arts and we did not perform to our expectations. We are now applying the strengths of our company to sharpen our execution and focus on delivering great new games and long-term live services for our players.
— Andrew Wilson, CEO[2]
Elsewhere in the business, we’re making adjustments to improve execution and we’re refocusing R&D.
— Blake Jorgensen, COO and CFO

The report later outlined franchises currently in development and a planned release window of Fall 2019 for various games including a new Need for Speed game.

Looking forward, we’re delighted to launch Anthem, our new IP, to grow Apex Legends and related Titanfall experiences, to deliver new Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed titles, and to add Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to our sports titles in the fall
— Blake Jorgensen, COO and CFO

References

  1. Article: Ir.ea.com (2019) Electronic Arts Reports Q4 FY19 Financial Results. Available at: https://s22.q4cdn.com/894350492/files/doc_financials/2019/q4/Q4-FY19-Transcript-Final.pdf
  2. Article: Ir.ea.com (2019) Electronic Arts Reports Q3 FY19 Financial Results. Available at: https://ir.ea.com/press-releases/press-release-details/2019/Electronic-Arts-Reports-Q3-FY19-Financial-Results/default.aspx