Via a post on the official Need for Speed blog, EA has released the first media for the handheld and mobile versions of this year’s title, including a first glimpse of how the game will transfer over to the Vita. It looks great.
The shot above is of the Vita version (click to embiggen!), developed in-house by Criterion. “The whole of Fairhaven City, all the events and modes and of course, all the cars will be squeezed onto Sony’s tiny box of tricks plus a sprinkling of exclusive events just for Vita players. Because we love you,” says the company.
“At Criterion Games, we’ve always taken pride in delivering a cutting edge experience that really pushes the hardware. On Vita we’re pushing the system as far as it goes with a large-scale, open-world driving game and incredible-looking cars. You can even swipe the back of the screen to switch songs with EA Trax.”
The other shots in the gallery below are from the mobile/tablet versions (presumably for iOS), which is a “completely different game inspired by the concept of becoming the Most Wanted but tailored specifically to give you the most from your touch-screen hardware”. It’s in development at regular NFS mobile team Fire Monkey. “It’s everything you’d expect from those guys – fun handling, amazing graphics and all your favorite Most Wanted cars,” says EA.
Dates for the handheld and mobile versions are yet to be confirmed, but Criterion are hoping to have them out roughly around the same time as the main console release at the end of October.