Need for Speed will be updated for free on Thursday, introducing a host of new content and the player requested Manual Transmission option, EA has announced.

The free update will also include two new Hot Rods and Drag Racing - made possible by the new Manual Transmission.

Manual Transmission

Experience a totally new side of your car as you make the switch over to Manual, giving you all the control you could ever need.

Hot Rods

Arriving fresh into Need for Speed are two brand new Hot Rods. Starting with the 1932 Hot Rod which will come with four unique Bodykits. Each of these bodykits has the potential to transform your Hot Rod into a great new look; Soft Top, Coupe, Sedan and Pickup.

The second Hot Rod being added into Need for Speed is the Aaron Beck 'BeckKustoms F132'. This is an absolute monster of a ride and defines the word 'custom'. When you take the shell from a Ford 1932, gently massage it into a fierce Formula One style chassis and strap in a high performance NASCAR engine, this is what you get.

Drag Racing

If you mix up Hot Rods and Manual Transmission what do you get? Drag Racing! Inspired by the Drag Events of previous NFS titles, these new events are the perfect place for you to get your speed fix.

Unleash a burnout on the starting line to prime your wheels, align in the start box and time your revs perfectly. Think wisely about the use of nitrous, as it may just influence the outcome of the event.

The Warehouse

If you've been running out of garage space then fear not. Within the Hot Rods update comes the Virtual Warehouse, a new extension to your already existing garage taking your combined garage space up to ten cars in total.

Wrap Editor Improvements

The first of which is a coordinates system which will allow you to position decals with a lot more accuracy. This information will now be shown in a panel below the selected decal in the edit decal menu and will update in real time when the decal is transformed.

Writing on your car also becomes even easier as we introduce Text Decals 2.0 and selectable fonts. Simply select your desired font and a popup will appear where you'll be prompted to input your desired text.

New Trophies

  • Drag Queen - Win five Drag Race events
  • Wrap it up - Download a shared Wrap
  • Kustom kar - Buy your first Hot Rod

Hot Rods update will be free to all Need for Speed players on Thursday.

Source: PS Blog

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