The series released its first title, The Need for Speed in 1994. Initially, Need for Speed was exclusive to the fifth generation video game consoles, eventually featuring in all seventh generation consoles by 2008. The titles consist of racing with different cars on various tracks, with some titles including police pursuits in races. Since Need for Speed: Underground, the series has integrated car body customization into gameplay.
Need for Speed is the most successful racing video game series in the world, and one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. As of October 2009, over 140 million copies of games in the Need for Speed series have been sold.
In June 2012, British developer Criterion Games announced that it was in full control of the Need for Speed franchise, following Black Box's restructuring. However, in August 2013, Swedish and British developers Ghost Games and Ghost Games UK (Ghost Games UK being made up of 80% of Criterion Games staff) and Criterion Games joined forces for the foreseeable future of the Need for Speed franchise.
- Need for Speed: Underground (2000)
- Need for Speed: Underground 2 (2004)
- Need for Speed: Underground 3 (2008) - Singapore and Malaysia
- Need for Speed: Underground 4 (Cancelled)
- Need for Speed: Carbon (2006)
- Need for Speed: ProStreet (2007)
- Need for Speed: Undercover (2008)
- Need for Speed: Shift (2009)
- Need for Speed: Nitro (2009)
- Need for Speed: World (2010) - online world
- Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)
- Need for Speed: The Run (2011)
- Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)
- Need for Speed: Rivals (2013)
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