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Details of the canceled Need for Speed ​​TV show revealed

According to former producer Craig Lieberman, Need for Speed ​​may have made its film debut in 2014, but it almost hit TV screens in the mid-2000s.

On his YouTube channel, Lieberman detailed how, after serving as a consultant for Need For Speed: Underground at EA, he introduced the company to a reality TV series based on the popular racing game franchise. Lieberman’s idea was to pit multiple teams against each other in game-inspired challenges, with each competing team being responsible for assembling their own vehicles to be used in that competition.

One idea, Lieberman says, was for teams to compete in a lap time competition and then move on to a stage where a panel of judges voted on their cars and performance. To tie in with the release of Need for Speed: Underground, participants will fight head-to-head in in-game races each time.

So what prevented Need for Speed ​​from appearing on TV? The two main concerns were the budget, which Lieberman estimated at over $ 6 million, and there are already too many car TV shows on the market.

The project was ultimately scrapped and Need for Speed ​​ended up on the silver screen in a cinematic.

As for the game’s franchise, the last mainstream game in the series was 2019’s Need for Speed ​​Heat, and a remaster of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was released in 2020. Burnout developer Criterion Games took a hiatus from Need for Speed ​​this year to help DICE in Battlefield 2042, postponing the next racing game in the series until 2022.

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