The existence of a remake of Need for Speed: Most Wanted set to launch next year may have been accidentally outed ahead of time by one of the voice actors from the original version of the game.
Simone Bailly, who played Officer Turf in the game, said in a now-deleted post on social media [via VGC], “Need for Speed: Most Wanted Remake is being released in 2024, LIKE & comment if you want to see Cross (Dean McKenzie) & his partner (Simone Bailly) hunt down the most wanted.”
Bailly also tagged both EA and Need for Speed in the post, as well as developer Criterion Games, suggesting that if a remake is indeed happening it’s potentially being produced by the studio that developed the other Need for Speed: Most Wanted in 2012. The voice actor’s suggestions would instead imply that they’re specifically talking about the 2005 Need for Speed: Most Wanted from EA Black Box, and also not the series actual “most wanted remake”, which is obviously Need for Speed: Underground 2.
Of course, the post could also be from an actor hearing rumours among the industry of a remake, wondering why they weren’t asked to make a return and putting the call out to the wider internet, so we’ll have to wait and see if this eventuates into anything substantial.
We gave the most recent game in the series, Need for Speed Unbound, a respectable 7.5/10 in our review, saying “There’s a lot I liked about NFS Unbound. I love that the game doesn’t expect you to come first to progress, and often I wasn’t even close. Higher places are in most cases just a slightly bigger payday so continuing on a 4th place still gets you some cash to upgrade and hopefully do better next time. I loved the commitment to modern car culture aesthetics, events like the takeover are a great addition along with the distinct visual and musical style choices. While I found the cops mostly tedious rather than exhilarating, once I lost them and got back to the racing I had a great time climbing the ladder, upgrading my cars, learning the city and eventually nailing the corners in races.”