Need for Speed World (previously known as Need for Speed: World Online) is the fifteenth installment in the long-running racing video game Need for Speed franchise published by Electronic Arts. This iteration has been co-developed by EA Black Box (now rebranded Quicklime Games) and EA Singapore. It is the first freemium MMORG in the Need for Speed series (though Motor City Online was originally conceived as a Need for Speed game) and is available exclusively for Windows-based PCs.
World was released worldwide on July 27, 2010. However, people who ordered the Need for Speed: World Starter Pack had an early "head-start" in the game, which started on July 20, 2010.
World takes on the gameplay style of Most Wanted and Carbon, focusing on illegal street racing, tuning and police chases, and adds classic MMO elements to the mix such as special abilities. World also features the cities of Rockport and Palmont, the cities of Most Wanted and Carbon, into its map design, with redesigned graphics and new locations on the map to make travel between the two cities easier. The game currently features 134 licensed cars consisting of tuners, muscle cars and exotics.
In Rockport, there are signs on the Downtown Rockport beltway that read "Tri-Cities", along with roads that lead to a bridge with tollbooths on the other side. However, the road past the tolls is locked to all drivers. Need for Speed fans assume that there are plans to add Tri-City from Undercover into the game. In Palmont, there are rumors about the canyons that are to the north of the city above Silverton and a San Juan somewhere around the area but closer to Rockport.
Although players can buy cars with money earned in the game, most cars require spending real money (known in the game as SpeedBoost) to purchase them. Some free cars may have a special edition that requires SpeedBoost to rent or buy. Juggernaut cars are specially heavy cars made for Team Escape and all of them require SpeedBoost to buy. Treasure Hunt Edition cars can detect the 15 gems on the main map making the Hunt easier; these also require SpeedBoost to buy. Cop cars have police livery inspired by different locations, and (in most cases) have working strobe lights that other players can see. Some cars may also be taken off the market temporarily and not available for buying anymore. As of August 21, 2012 car classes were introduced discarding the other 3 tier system. Cars can be upgraded into other classes by upgrading their over all H/A/T (Handling/Acceleration/Traction) score. SpeedBoost only cars often have a high performance advantage over In game cash cars.