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It seems that the racing video game genre is going to become rather crowded at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011, as not only will we finally get to see Gran Turismo 5, but also not one, but two Need For Speed titles.

We already saw Need For Speed Hot Pursuit at this year’s E3 conference in Los Angeles, and now, in a recent conference call, Electronic Arts has confirmed that another NFS title is set to arrive in the near future.

Need For Speed Shift 2, as its name suggests, is the sequel to the popular NFS Shift, which was launched in the fall of 2009. The game brought a more realistic approach to racing games, something a bit uncommon for regular NFS titles.

Not a lot was revealed about NFS Shift 2, but you can expect a huge array of licensed cars, plenty of real life tracks as well as some of the most detailed interiors this side of Gran Turismo 5. It will be available on consoles (Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, most likely) as well as on the PC.

The game is scheduled to appear in Q4 (fourth quarter) of the 2011 fiscal year, meaning somewhere between January 1 and March 31, 2011. Until then, rest assured that NFS Hot Pursuit will be more than able to satisfy your virtual racing urges.

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Renault has been doing a lot of things in order to promote its future electric vehicle lineup, including the reveal of the production-ready Fluence and Kangoo Z.E. (zero emission) models.

Now, its endeavors take a virtual route, as players will be able to drive the Twizy Z.E. concept electric vehicle in the virtual world of The Sims 3. For those of you not familiar with it, the game is part of an extremely popular franchise, published by Electronic Arts, the same company behind the Need For Speed series of video games.

Don’t go thinking you’ll race the Twizy in this title though, as it’s going to be a part of the ‘Electric Vehicle Pack’ which not only includes the concept car, but also things like solar panels and windmills, designed to decrease the weekly virtual household bills.

The downloadable content pack is going to be free for anyone with a Sims 3 video game, for a PC or a Mac, but will only be available in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America, so no US or Canadian Sims 3 fans will be able to enjoy making the virtual world of the Sims 3 a greener one.

Hit the jump to check out a video of a virtual Sim dressed up as Stephen Norman, SVP, Global Marketing for the Renault Group, talk about the new DLC pack in the Sim language (there are subtitles).
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Instead of limiting itself to racing in the various virtual worlds it has created over the years for the Need For Speed franchise of video games, Electronic Arts (EA) has decided to create its own real life racing team.

Don’t go thinking this is just some lame attempt at marketing, as EA is serious, entering its team into two competitions, one in the USA and one in Europe. For its US efforts, the company will enter the NFS team in the Formula D drifting championship, which will soon see its 2010 season start. Those in Europe will get a chance to check out the NFS team in the VLN (Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring) endurance racing series, which has basically the same rules as events like the 24 Hours of Nurburgring and also takes place on the famous track.

As you can see above, the cars are also pretty interesting, with a BMW Z4, presumably for the endurance racing series, and a Mazda RX8 and a Nissan Silvia for the drifting competitions. The drivers are also top notch, as EA wrangled Patrick Söderlund, Mad Mike Whiddett and Matt Powers to race these cars.

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Electronic Arts recently showcased its third quarter fiscal year 2010 earnings, during which it also presented the release plan for its future video games.

Among them were three new Need For Speed racing games, including the online multiplayer title NFS: World, but also included two new titles in the popular racing franchise.

NFS World is scheduled to be released between April and June, this year, exclusively on the PC, while a new NFS game will appear around October-December, 2010 for the PC, consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, as well as handheld devices, like the iPhone, Nintendo DS or PSP. Last but not least, another game in the NFS franchise will be released at the beginning of next year, between January and March, which will be coming only to the PC and consoles.

Judging by the speculations currently flying on the Internet, the October-December title might be developed by the regular NFS team at the EA Black Box studio, which also handled titles like NFS: ProStreet, Carbon or Most Wanted, seeing as how they are experienced on getting the same experience on multiple platforms. The other NFS title is most probably the project Criterion Games currently develops, a studio which was responsible for the acclaimed hit Burnout Paradise.

Overall, it seems the NFS franchise will continue to spawn sequels at least in the next time period. Hopefully they will continue to improve upon it, just like the recent NFS Shift did.

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It’s pretty hard to believe it, but it seems that in the 16 years Electronic Arts’ Need For Speed racing video game series existed, it has managed to sell over 100 million copies all over the world.

From the original game to the newest titles which have appeared or will appear this year, NFS Shift and NFS Nitro, respectively, the franchise has certainly made plenty of fans on this planet. Enjoy the video below which puts some of the hallmark things, like number of races, arrests and other such statistics, a bit into perspective. Enjoy!

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