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Need for Speed: The Run Is a Video Game, if This Leaked Trailer, Box Art and Release Date Are to Be Believed

Retailers be sliiippiiiiiin'!

If there is any greater bane of game publishers everywhere than that of enthusiast press, it's retailers. Get a marketing/sales executive good and drunk some night, and they will undoubtedly regale you with tempestuous tales of botched campaigns, miserable sales meetings, and precisely the kind of wanton disregard for confidentiality that reared its ugly head today, when UK retailer ShopTo.net decided to just up and post a bunch of info for the as-yet-unannounced EA racing game, Need for Speed: The Run.
Whoops.

 Pictured: Video game box art.
Merely letting slip the simple existence of such a title would typically be an amusing enough foible, but this time, ShopTo even posted the box art (which you can see immediately to the right of this sentence), a short cinematic trailer (which is embedded via grainy YouTube link below--be forewarned, it may get pulled at any moment), and a release date of November 18, 2011 in the UK. Hey, that's my birthday!

Just in case it gets pulled, the trailer offers a glimpse of a return to story-based driving for the series. It's got racing, cop chases, and a guy about to get killed by a speeding train, as well as the tag line "The Race of Your Life." Though we see no sign of him in the trailer, we can only hope and pray that The Run will mark the return of Razor Callahan, for whom we at Giant Bomb have left a candle burning lo these many absent years. Please, come home to us, Razor. We miss you terribly. == TEASER ==
  
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Posted by Alex

If there is any greater bane of game publishers everywhere than that of enthusiast press, it's retailers. Get a marketing/sales executive good and drunk some night, and they will undoubtedly regale you with tempestuous tales of botched campaigns, miserable sales meetings, and precisely the kind of wanton disregard for confidentiality that reared its ugly head today, when UK retailer ShopTo.net decided to just up and post a bunch of info for the as-yet-unannounced EA racing game, Need for Speed: The Run.
Whoops.

 Pictured: Video game box art.
Merely letting slip the simple existence of such a title would typically be an amusing enough foible, but this time, ShopTo even posted the box art (which you can see immediately to the right of this sentence), a short cinematic trailer (which is embedded via grainy YouTube link below--be forewarned, it may get pulled at any moment), and a release date of November 18, 2011 in the UK. Hey, that's my birthday!

Just in case it gets pulled, the trailer offers a glimpse of a return to story-based driving for the series. It's got racing, cop chases, and a guy about to get killed by a speeding train, as well as the tag line "The Race of Your Life." Though we see no sign of him in the trailer, we can only hope and pray that The Run will mark the return of Razor Callahan, for whom we at Giant Bomb have left a candle burning lo these many absent years. Please, come home to us, Razor. We miss you terribly. == TEASER ==
  
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Posted by lordofultima

So only segment races then, I take it? 

Edited by Chubbaluphigous

I demand Razor

Posted by ajamafalous

Razor Callahan is a ray of hope in the dark abyss that is the Need for Speed franchise as of late, barring Hot Pursuit.

Posted by Solh0und

Looks like Hot Pursuit meets Split Second.

Posted by KarlHungus

Hey guy! Watch out for the train.

Posted by FuzzYLemoN

Or a carefully orchestrated ruse.

Posted by Gav47

Five Grand!

Posted by Rhombus_Of_Terror

If it gives you the runs, I expect amazing skidmarks.

Posted by MisterMouse

that is a lot of stuff to be leaked simultaneously...

Posted by emem

Uh, nice little clip.

Posted by XenoNick

So are we going back to the knock-off style of fast and furious style of NFS games?

Posted by Funkydupe

What a weird place to park your car upside down. :D    

Posted by ChrisInCali

They expect me to buy a game the week after Skyrim comes out.

Posted by Portis

Not Criterion, therefore I do not care.


Also: it's another Need for Speed game with a story. It's guaranteed to be nothing more than average. Book it.
Posted by SlightConfuse

a narrative focused racing game

 

seems like EA is pushing the need for speed brand a lot, they need to take it back a little

Posted by endaround

Damn.  This looks like it will be a cross country race.  You know like Cannonball Run except you know without the humor and excitement.

Posted by Kyreo

Great... I love racing games.  :|

Posted by robbob88

IDK about this. I think this series should go on hiatus for a super long time so they can think of something new to do for this series. 

Posted by prestonhedges

hmmm, i don't know, i think i need more than a trailer, box art and release date...

Posted by abdo
@RhombusOfTerror: The runs? No wonder this was leaked.
Posted by brokenpilot

If they drop the "the" in the title I would like it alot more.

Posted by Googly

5 grand says Razor won't return, but it would be amazing if he did.

Posted by Vexxan

This is not Need for Speed.

Posted by Jimbo

Looks like Jack didn't TRAIN hard enough.  Eh eh eh.

Posted by Enigma777
@Portis said:
" Not Criterion, therefore I do not care."
This
Posted by OneManFreakShow

I was severely disappointed in the repetitive and boring mess that was Hot Pursuit, so I do hope this one is better.

Or that EA tells Criterion to make a new Burnout Paradise so I can end my three-year-long addiction with that game.

Posted by brokenpilot
@OneManFreakShow said:
" I was severely disappointed in the repetitive and boring mess that was Hot Pursuit, so I do hope this one is better.Or that EA tells Criterion to make a new Burnout Paradise so I can end my three-year-long addiction with that game. "
You found Hot pursuit to be a repetitive and boring mess but have an addiction to burnout paradise?
Posted by ShaneDev

Cross country by the looks of the trailer but  I have no idea what its about seemed to have cops and avalanches. I can only hope though that it is some how tied to the film Midnight Run, that was a good film.

Posted by EgoCheck616

Need for Speed: Fast Five

Posted by Vexed

I like the idea of a story driven racing game, but the NFS ones have all been pretty terrible.

Posted by Aphex666

Need more Hot Pursuit.  


Though this could be interesting if they make it The Chase of videogames with Charlie Sheen doing the voice of the protagonist.
Posted by Jellybones

Three Need For Speed games in 12 months?

Posted by Jamsque
Posted by Delta_Ass

An 18th month? That's weird.

Posted by Eribuster

Explosions! Avalanches! Helicopters! Trains! All these things and more are after your racing car. Sounds like it might be really fun. I wonder who's developing it. Black Box, Criterion, DICE, Slightly Mad Studios, some other EA house, a new developer, or a combination of the above?

Posted by Sanryd
@Portis said:
" Not Criterion, therefore I do not care.

Also: it's another Need for Speed game with a story. It's guaranteed to be nothing more than average. Book it.
"
That about sums it up.
Posted by fillmoejoe

I no longer have the need for speed.

Posted by MrXD

Hot Pursuit, Spit/Second and Burnout all in one?

Posted by Duder_Me

Alex it won't get pulled because the official NFS channel posted it as well.

Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials

The douchey goatee gives me hope that this story will be just bad enough to be fun. Intriguing!

Posted by SharkMan

man, i hope this doesn't suck complete ass.

Posted by aurahack

God dammit, EA. You build all this good will with Hot Pursuit and then throw it all away with this Michael Bay-like bullshit.

Posted by Napalm

EA is sure interested in flooding the market with Need For Speed titles. I mean, goddamn.

Posted by Bloodgraiv3
@solh0und said:
"Looks like Hot Pursuit meets Split Second. "

Which could be awesome!
Posted by ColinWright

I am probably the only person waiting for NSFU3. : /

Posted by WalkerTR77
@Portis said:
" Not Criterion, therefore I do not care.

Also: it's another Need for Speed game with a story. It's guaranteed to be nothing more than average. Book it.
"
My sentiments entirely.
Posted by Godzilla_Sushi

I like Most Wanted. My favorite Need for Speed game of that era.....


Maybe it will be like that, but a little sharper....

@brokenpilot said:
" @OneManFreakShow said:
" I was severely disappointed in the repetitive and boring mess that was Hot Pursuit, so I do hope this one is better.Or that EA tells Criterion to make a new Burnout Paradise so I can end my three-year-long addiction with that game. "
You found Hot pursuit to be a repetitive and boring mess but have an addiction to burnout paradise? "
Tell me about it....
Posted by wickedsc3

Oh EA do what you do.

Posted by Kyle

NO RAZOR CALLAHAN, NO SALE.

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