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Freemium version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted borrows Real Racing 3's Time Shifted Multiplayer mode

Only available in China... for now

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Product: Need for Speed: Most Wanted Online | Developer: Firemonkeys | Publisher: Electronic Arts
For: iPhone   Also on: Android, iPad
 
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A free-to-play version of Need for Speed: Most Wanted has just appeared on the Chinese App Store, complete with Real Racing 3's innovative Time Shifted Multiplayer mode.

Entitled Need for Speed: Most Wanted Online, the game appears to be following in the tyre tracks of the newly released - and highly controversial - Real Racing 3 by offering a socially slanted freemium version of a traditionally premium experience.

In terms of what we can gather from the game's official site (which is written in Chinese), players can participate in a four-tier career mode and unlock up to 30 different luxury cars.



What we find particularly interesting is that this 'online' iteration of Need for Speed: Most Wanted incorporates Time Shifted Multiplayer (TSM), a feature which allows you to race against your friends even when said buddies are offline.

So, unless there's a huge negative reaction to TSM (we have voiced some concerns regarding the AI of Real Racing 3's TSM drivers), it looks like it could well become a staple of future EA racers.

Who knows: it could even represent the future of mobile racing. The only future, in fact.

We have contacted EA to find out whether Need for Speed: Most Wanted Online will be accelerating into the west (or onto Google Play) any time soon. When we get a reply, we'll update you.



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James Gilmour 5 March 2013
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chanandler | 12:48 - 5 March 2013
LOL, it appears that EA is trying to become the next Zynga! How many games have they cancelled recently and how many studios have been closed? Guess it is cheaper to make average mobile games and crank up the IAP options..... As everyone keeps reporting, F2P is the future! Funny then how a number of those games have also been cancelled recently....
 
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