A bunch of new material regarding Slightly Mad Studios’ Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed title has surfaced as Amazon.com now lists the title and reveals the cover art.
Amazon lists the release date as March 8 2011, giving us a rough idea on when the title will be available. Keep in mind though that online retailers are notoriously unreliable when it comes to release dates, the fact that EA has already announced a Spring release backs the Amazon date though.
Furthermore, Shift 2 was previewed in the most recent issue of the German PC Games magazine. Their article revealed some new info, stating that Shift 2 will include 140 cars, including the already announced FIA GT1 & GT3 cars as well as prototypes – It seems there will be no shortage of sports car material in the upcoming title.
The article also confirms that Shift 2 will include night racing as well as Suzuka as one of the new tracks. There’s some rather bad info too though as the article states that players can race against 15 opponents, meaning that a full simulation of the FIA GT1 & GT3 Championships would not be possible.
On a brighter note, the article mentions a new “Elite” physics mode that aims to please simulation gamers, a feature that seems to have been scrapped from the first Shift shortly before its release as revealed a few weeks ago.
Need for Speed Shift 2 Unleashed will include the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship & GT3 European Championship among lots of other racing content, the second Shift is due to be released in Spring 2011.