Need for Speed update adds manual gears, garage space and more

need for speedEA’s Need for Speed is getting a hefty update this week, coming March 3rd to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The update will add more garage space, better decal placement tools, and add a new event to take part in. Below, you can find the full details, ‘borrowed’ straight from the official announcement post.

New Feature: Manual Transmission

A few weeks ago we broke the news that Manual Transmission would be making its way into Need for Speed and we’re really pleased to be able to confirm that it’ll arrive as early as next week. We know that this is a feature that many of you have requested and we can’t wait for you to get your hands on it.

New Cars: Hot Rods

Arriving fresh into Need for Speed are two brand new Hot Rods. Starting with the 1932 Hot Rod which will come with four unique Bodykits. Each of these bodykits has the potential to transform your Hot Rod into a great new look; Soft Top, Coupe, Sedan and Pickup.

Each version of the Hot Rod also comes complete with a full set of customization, including Hood, Lights, Grille, Exhausts, Bumpers and more.

The second Hot Rod being added into Need for Speed is the Aaron Beck ‘BeckKustoms F132’. This is an absolute monster of a ride and defines the word ‘custom’. When you take the shell from a Ford 1932, gently massage it into a fierce Formula One style chassis and strap in a high performance NASCAR engine, this is what you get.

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New Events: Drag Racing

Inspired by the Drag Events of previous NFS titles, these new events are the perfect place for you to get your speed fix.

Unleash a burnout on the starting line to prime your wheels, align in the start box and time your revs perfectly. Think wisely about the use of nitrous, as it may just influence the outcome of the event.

There will be five new Drag events for you to take part in; Neck to Neck, The Perfect Shifts, Drag the Town, Pedal to the Metal and Speed Tunnel.

New Feature: The Warehouse

Starting next week your garage will receive an upgrade that will allow you to store an additional five cars, perfect for those eyeing up a new ride and no excuse now not to take a Hot Rod for a fun-filled spin around Ventura bay.

Wrap Editor Improvements

One of the most common bits of feedback we’ve received about the Wrap Editor is that you would like a coordinates system allowing you to position decals with a lot more accuracy. This information will now be shown in a panel below the selected decal in the edit decal menu and will update in real time when the decal is transformed.

Writing on your car also becomes even easier as we introduce Text Decals 2.0 and selectable fonts. Simply select your desired font and a popup will appear where you’ll be prompted to input your desired text.

Animations within the Wrap Editor are also being improved including:

  • Animation indicating when a decal has been added to a vehicle
  • Improved animation to indicate more clearly the selected decal on a vehicle
  • Speed up info text animation when showing an action happening

Achievements and Trophies
There are three new achievements and trophies for you to go and unlock:

  • Drag Queen – Win five Drag Race events
  • Wrap it up – Download a shared Wrap
  • Kustom kar – Buy your first Hot Rod

There is also a list of general patch notes and fixes to the game, which you can see on the same blog post on the Need for Speed website here.

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