Electronic Arts and Criterion Games announced today that Need for Speed Heat will be updated on June 9 to add the much-awaited cross-play support across all available platforms.
Additionally, fans wanting more of Need for Speed games will have something to look forward to soon as Electronic Arts will have more news about it most likely later this year at EA Play Live 2020, which will air on June 18 at 4PM PT.
Here’s the statement from Criterion Games general manager, Matt Webster:
To theÂ Need for SpeedÂ community,
Hello, Matt Webster here, general manager of Criterion Games. First, I wanted to let you all know how excited our team here in Guildford is to be back in the driverâ€™s seat of development forÂ Need for Speed. As youâ€™ll know we have real history with racing and withÂ Need for Speed. Weâ€™re focused on bringing Criterionâ€™s unique point of view, unparalleled game feel, and high quality innovations that will chart a new future for this wonderful series of games.
I also wanted to share with you a glimpse of the road ahead, with our first checkpoint approaching quickly. The team has been hard at work to deliver an exciting feature toÂ Need for Speed Heat, which will be in playersâ€™ hands tomorrow!
At Criterion, weâ€™ve always believed that games are better with friends. We donâ€™t want your platform of choice to be a barrier for that experience. So weâ€™re thrilled to let you all know that on June 9,Â Need for Speed HeatÂ will be the first Electronic Arts title to offer cross-play, meaning that playersâ€”regardless of their platformâ€”can jump into Palm City together as one, united community.
Once youâ€™ve installed the update (see full update notesÂ here, including some other fixes, too), you can opt in to race players across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You can search for your friends who are playing on any of the above systems, given theyâ€™ve opted in for cross-play as well, inside the Find Players menu. Then, go to the new EA Friends tab in the Party Menu to see whoâ€™s online to play with.
As we at Criterion shift gears into the future with full focus on developing the nextÂ Need for SpeedÂ game, this will be the final update forÂ Need for Speed Heat. Since the launch ofÂ Need for Speed HeatÂ and as players continue to tear it up in Palm City, weâ€™re listening to what you love about this experience, and what you all believe could be even better. With these insights, we have a terrific foundation to create the most expressive, most socially connected, action-packed game yet forÂ Need for SpeedÂ fans and beyond.
As more players join the globalÂ Need for SpeedÂ community, we also want to provide more options in how the series can be discovered. On June 16,Â Need for Speed HeatÂ drops into the EA Access and Origin Access Basic Vault, giving all subscribers the opportunity to enter Palm City.
Another step to connect our players and games on more platforms is the recent release ofÂ Need for Speed HeatÂ on Steam, alongside 2016â€™sÂ Need for SpeedÂ andÂ Need for Speed Rivals. Keep an eye out atÂ EA Play LiveÂ on June 18 for moreÂ Need for SpeedÂ and Steam announcements. Cross-play will work across PC via Origin and Steam, PS4, Xbox One, and subscribers.
Youâ€™ll know from our past history that we want to bring players together however we can. With this announcement and what weâ€™re working on for the future, weâ€™re focused on uniting the widerÂ Need for SpeedÂ communityâ€”so that you can play, race and compete with all of your friends.
We canâ€™t wait to share more details aboutÂ Need for SpeedÂ down the road. Until then, stay safe, and play together!
Additionally, Need for Speed Heat will also be added to EA Access and the Origin Access Vault on June 16.
Need for Speed Heat is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.