Developer Criterion Games has unveiled the first content update called Volume 2 of Need for Speed Unbound. The first of four free extensions brings, among other things, police pursuits to the online mode.
Since the beginning of December, the fictional town of Lakeshore can be made unsafe in Need for Speed Unbound. We recently reported that the current installment in the arcade racing series has fewer Steam players than its predecessor, Need for Speed Heat. The developer studio Criterion Games announced in December that there will be new functions and game modes in Lakeshore Online at the end of January 2023, but there is no sign of that. From March 21st it will finally be time, because then with will appear Volume 2 the first major free content update for Need for Speed Unbound’s multiplayer mode.
Need for Speed Unbound: Multiplayer Police Chase
In total, the developers have four content updates in production. Volume 2 includes 40 new challenges. To get new in-game rewards, there are the new Hot Laps tracks where you race against the clock. Long-distance races including police chases and rumble races are new. With Volume 2, the police finally make their way into the online mode Lakeshore Online. Two new vehicles are also included, one of which is the Lotus Emira Balmain Edition 2021. This is the last newly developed Lotus with a petrol engine. If you want, you can equip your car with new comic-like driving effects that can be seen when drifting, using nitro and jumping.
If you want to make quick money without having to drive around Lakeshore, there is a new paid DLC. With the expansion called Key to the Map, all locations on the game map are automatically unlocked for the 260 collectibles and the 160 activities. In addition, the Fury & Zen clothing pack is included in the DLC so that you can re-dress your character. Shortly after the release of Need for Speed Unboundthe development studio Criterion had to cope with the departure of five veterans. Matt Webster and Co. have now set up their own studio. Criterion, meanwhile, has had a new head of development in Geoff Smith since December. Smith was previously responsible for the arcade rally games Dirt and the simcade game Grid at Codemasters.
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Need for Speed Unbound Volume 2 Collection:
- The first content update for Need for Speed Unbound was originally supposed to be released in January, but nothing came of it. Now, on March 21st, Volume 2 will hit the streets.
- Long-distance races and rumble races are now available in online mode. There are also 40 new challenges.
- With Volume 2, the police finally make their way into the online mode Lakeshore Online.