For the first time in 12 years, Need for Speed will be off the road this year. Then again, that's probably for the best considering the next couple of months will be completely clogged with new releases such as DriveClub, The Crew and Project CARS all vying for your wallet.
It's hoped that the extra development time will allow developer Ghost Games to "develop a highly innovative Need for Speed in 2015. An experience built on a foundation we know you’ll greatly look forward to,” in their words.
To compensate for the long-running series' absence, EA has announced that last year's Need for Speed Rivals will be getting the 'Complete Edition' treatment, with a re-release racing into retailers October 24th in Europe and October 21st in North America that bundles every previously released dollop of DLC onto disc.
n case you weren't up to speed (sorry) with Rivals' DLC collection, the Complete Edition will include all six packs as follows:
Ferrari Edition Special Compete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of these extreme machines – The Ferrari F40 and the Ferrari F50.
Simply Jaguar Complete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of the Jaguar C-X75, the most advanced Jaguar ever created, and the Jaguar XJ220 – the world’s first Hypercar.
Concept Lamborghini Complete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of the astonishing Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo and the stunning Lamborghini Miura Concept.
The Koenigsegg Agera One – The Koenigsegg One:1 is in a category of its own. It´s not a Supercar, not a Hypercar…It´s a One:1. The name refers to the almost impossible and highly sought-after ratio of one horsepower per kilogram.
Complete Movie Pack – Includes Cop and Racer versions of the GTA Spano; and Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Plus, the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR 722 Edition as a Cop and the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster 722 S as a Racer.
Loaded Garage Pack – Complete your vehicle collection with the Loaded Garage Pack which includes the Ultimate Cop Pack, Ultimate Racer Pack*, Premium Livery Pack, Classic Muscle Livery, Track Day Livery, VIP Matte Kit Livery and Digital Revolution Livery.
Interestingly, there's no mention of the 2015 Ford Mustang which debuted last year. It's no longer exclusive, however, as it was since added to Forza Motorsport 5. Still, Rivals can still claim to be the only game that lets you drive the lightning-fast Koenigsegg One:1.
Despite some shortcomings that made it fall short of its potential, we rather liked Need for Speed Rivals on release. Read our Need for Speed Rivals review here.