Need for Speed fans already have a new game to look forward to before the end of the year, but they might have another release headed to their phones at the same time. A Tencent-developed mobile entry in Electronic Arts’ racing franchise had already leaked via job listings months ago, and now there’s just under a minute of gameplay that further gives evidence of its existence.
The leak showcases racing that will look familiar to fans of the franchise, especially those that played Need for Speed Drift in 2019. That’s because, according to the Reddit leaker, the game utilizes a tweaked version of Drift‘s map. The gameplay takes its cues from Tencent’s own Need for Speed Edge, with the three currently available cars being able to drift and boost with added flair.
The probable developer behind the newest mobile entry in the Need for Speed series is TiMi Studio Group, a subsidiary within Tencent that has worked on games like Call of Duty Mobile and Pokémon Unite in the past. It is not the developer behind Need for Speed: No Limits, the current free-to-play mobile rendition of the franchise. Tencent’s Need for Speed games haven’t always translated to the West, meaning that this Drift follow-up could be locked to the Asian market.
Players can look forward to a new mainline entry for consoles and PC as developed by Criterion Games. The Burnout makers have a long history with the brand and something to prove following a streak of underwhelming entries. News about that game and this mobile port could come fast and furious as EA presents its holiday lineup in the coming months.