EA has just confirmed that Need for Speed Shift 2 is in development, the title is due to be released in the fourth quater of 2011.
VirtualR has learned that the sequel is again being developed by Sligthly Mad Studios whose roots go back to the GTR simulation series for the PC. Released in September 2009, Need for Speed Shift aimed to bring the franchise back to a more simulation-oriented audience, selling almost five million copies for the PC and gaming consoles.
A month ago, a first rumor regarding a successor to Slightly Mad Studio’s highly-popular Need for Speed Shift title surfaced after a former SMS employee mentioned Need for Speed Shift 2 in his LinkedIn profile. Back then, the rumor had been denied as being caused by a mere typo and even now, Slightly Mad Studio’s won’t officially confirm their involvement.
When asked for confirmation, Slightly Mad Studio’s Ian Bell seemed surprised the game had been mentioned. While stating that he can’t discuss details of projects that haven’t been released by a publisher, Ian said there will be a project released by them soon that will raise the bar for racers in many areas.
Stay tuned for much more on Need for Speed Shift 2!