Back in September, a Need for Speed FAQ mentioned that “there will be no micro transactions” and there will be a series of free content updates, with developer Ghost Games adding, “We currently have no plans for any paid DLC.”
While some people thought Ghost Games would eventually charge for content in the always online Need for Speed (read our review), Creative Director Craig Sullivan revealed to Vice that they have absolutely zero plans for paid DLC – because people aren’t asking for it:
You can never say never, as if we ended up doing DLC for this game for 10 years, I can’t know what’s happening in 10 years’ time. All I can say is, honestly, hand on heart, is there are absolutely no plans to charge for content in this game. We’re going to give you everything for free. I’ve seen the plans for what’s going to happen over the next few weeks and months – there’s nothing in there, by which I mean, we don’t even have the ability to charge you in the game. There’s no store to speak of.
Everything we’re doing is focusing on listening to what the fans are asking for. They’re certainly not saying to us, ‘Can you build a load of stuff and charge us for it?’ They’re not saying that, so we’re not doing that. I know some people when we do press like this, they say, ‘Yeah, but I’m sure it’ll all change in a week or two, or six months.’ It’s not going to. The plan is that there are no transactions in this game. All of the content that we’re going to give you – a pretty substantial amount in the future, starting pretty soon – is going to be free. That’s what players deserve.
We don’t know if the Need for Speed franchise will go back to its annual release schedule after skipping a year, but Sullivan was able to tease the future, saying, “From now on, every Need for Speed game is going to have those core components in it – and that’s why we think this is the definitive Need for Speed, certainly for this generation. It’s redefining what it is.”
Later, Sullivan added that, “When the next game comes out, you should expect the same elements – they’ll change, of course, but there’ll be narrative and customization. And cars, obviously.”
Already available in North America on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Need for Speed comes to Europe tomorrow, November 5.