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July 14th, 2015

Purpose

Server shut down.

May 3rd, 2015

Purpose

The Need for Speed World client has been patched and you will no longer encounter SERVERERROR_FATAL_ERRORCODE_5 when you login to play the game.

April 7th, 2015

Purpose

The purpose of this maintenance window is to perform emergency maintenance on the Need for Speed World servers.

September 19th, 2013

Purpose

The purpose of this maintenance window is to perform EA wide maintenance on several back-end systems. No client patch will be deployed, however the game will be offline for the duration of the maintenance.

September 17th, 2013

Purpose

The purpose of this maintenance window is to perform EA wide maintenance on several back-end systems. No client patch will be deployed, however the game will be offline for the duration of the maintenance.

September 12th, 2013

Purpose

The purpose of this maintenance window is to perform maintenance on the Need for Speed World servers. No client patch will be deployed however the game will be offline for a short time.

August 22nd, 2013

Purpose

The purpose of this maintenance window is to perform maintenance on the Need for Speed World servers

August 13th, 2013

Purpose

The purpose of this maintenance window is to perform maintenance on the Need for Speed World servers

August 6th, 2013

Purpose

The purpose of this maintenance window is to deploy server / a game patch to Need for Speed World.

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Improved client stability
  • Backend server optimizations

July 23rd, 2013

Purpose

  • The purpose of this maintenance window is to update server hardware to support Need for Speed World.

July 17th, 2013

Purpose

  • The purpose of this maintenance window is to deploy a server/game patch hotfix to Need for Speed World.

July 10th, 2013

Added Content

  • Additional Rally and Drag events added to be activated at later date.

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Improvements have been made to the client’s stability
  • VOIP chat functionality has been disabled

June 18th, 2013

Added Content

  • 6 new Achievements have been added to the game: Crew Racer, Solo Racer, Explore Modder, Pursuit Modder, Race Modder, and Getaway Driver
  • Treasure Hunt Streak recovery available for free for the next 24 hours following maintenance window

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that prevented Social settings from saving upon exit
  • Fixed an issue that caused Cash to appear deducted from player’s balance after winning a Cash Card reward in Team Escape
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally displayed players in the pre-race lobby after they have left the event

June 14th, 2013

Purpose

  • The purpose of this maintenance window is to deploy a server/game patch hotfix to Need for Speed World.

May 21st, 2013

Purpose

  • The purpose of this maintenance window is to update server hardware to support Need for Speed World.

May 14th, 2013

Added Content

  • A new Cadillac CTS-V “Treasure Hunter” has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue which lowered the chance of winning a 2-star Race Performance Part from the “Powering Up” Rank 3 Reward
  • The North Bay & Harbour track map icon has been updated to reflect the correct track path
  • Fixed the Reset All Changes button functionality in the Vinyl Shop
  • Fixed a client crash issue when rapidly closing multiple Achievement progress pop-ups

May 2nd, 2013

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from receiving rewards in Team Escape
  • Fixed an issue that caused players to receive both 0 Rep and 0 Cash after completing an Event
  • Fixed an issue that allowed a selected Achievement badge to change when using the mouse scroll wheel
  • Fixed an issue that caused player’s microphones to mute in the Pre-race lobby after clicking Race Again
  • Optimized the way damage displays for a number of cars with body kits installed
  • Achievement rarity will now progressively update during a session
  • Client optimizations were made to help reduce server load
  • Some minor localization fixes were made
  • Fixed an issue that prevented vinyls from being placed on some locations of the Chevrolet El Camino SS “Vengeance”

April 24th, 2013

Purpose

  • The purpose of this outage is to perform maintenance to EA systems

April 23rd, 2013

Purpose

  • This maintenance window is to deploy server optimisations only

April 10th, 2013

Added Content

  • New Achievements system: Players can now obtain Achievements after completing specific milestones within Need for Speed World
  • Achievements badge set now appears in the pre-race, post-race and compare drivers screens - allowing players to show off specific Achievements they have completed
  • A new Achievements Log helps players track achievement progress, customize their Achievement badge set, and claim rewards
  • New Driver Score measures the number of Achievements each driver has obtained
  • The all new Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 has been added to the game and is available exclusively as an Achievement reward
  • 5 new “Achievement Edition” cars have been added the game and are available exclusively through Achievement rewards: Nissan Fairlady 240ZG, Ford Focus RS, BMW M3 E92, Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni, and Koenigsegg CCX

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Improvements were made to the client’s stability
  • Driver Profile screen was removed from the Safehouse
  • Rankings have been removed from the News Feed
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Powerup cross to display an incorrect event label

Special Notes

  • Please note that the Need for Speed World Leaderboards will be reset during the patch. This means that all leaderboard data will be removed.

April 2nd, 2013

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • No changes other than maintenance of the servers.

March 26th, 2013

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • No changes other than maintenance of the servers.

March 19th, 2013

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Drag lobby times have been reduced by 10 seconds
  • Sprint, Circuit and Team Escape lobby times have been reduced by 5 seconds
  • Fixed an issue that caused the event countdown timer to be out of sync with other players

March 5th, 2013

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Private Race initiator from being able to join his/her created match after receiving a separate Private Race invite
  • Some vinyl distortion issues were fixed for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 “A-Spec”, Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640 “Vesper” Drag Edition, Shelby Daytona Coupe “World Vintage Edition” and Subaru Impreza WRX STI

February 28th, 2013

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that allowed banned players to be able to log into the game

February 20th, 2013

Added Content

  • A new Car Prize Pack has been added to the Card Pack store which gives players the chance to win new and exclusive cars
  • Optimizations have been made to help reduce the download size for future updates

Bug Fixes/Changes:

  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented the Traffic Magnet powerup from having any effect
  • A number of vinyl mirroring and distortion issues were fixed for multiple cars
  • Fixed a flickering license plate issue on the Mazda RX-8 (2009)

February 15th, 2013

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The purpose of the update was to apply a change to the game that should improve players experience in regards to the “Out of Memory” bug. Once players download the latest game client update, it should reduce the number of instances in which they experiences the “Out of Memory” bug.

February 5th, 2013

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Match-making has been adjusted so players will find better matches for their car when joining an event lobby
  • The Hood Camera has been adjusted on the Lexus IS300
  • Fixed an issue that caused the wheels to clip into the body of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray when equipped with Aftermarket Bodykits and a Tier 3 Lowering Kit
  • Some minor localization issues were fixed for Simplified Chinese

January 23rd, 2013

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that caused players to appear inside or on top of another car when beginning a race
  • Some stability improvements were made for the Most Wanted Team Escape event
  • The grid layout has been changed on Rosewood & Lyons to prevent players from clipping with a post
  • Fixed an issue that caused the driver side mirror to disappear from the McLaren F1 while Low Level of Detail
  • Fixed an issue that caused exhaust effects to disappear on the Lamborghini Reventón when equipped with Aftermarket Bodykits
  • Fixed some vinyl distortion issues on the Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI “C-Spec”
  • Fixed an issue that caused damage to appear incorrectly on the Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI “C-Spec”
  • Some minor localization fixes were made for Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese languages
  • The titles of each Event have been changed to English for many languages

January 8th, 2013

Added Content

  • A new Volkswagen Golf MK1 GTI “C-Spec” has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that caused the car emblems to disappear when installing visual packages onto the Nissan 240SX
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Durability icon to appear clipped in the post-race screen for Team Escape events
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Durability tool-tips to display inconsistent information between pre-race and post-race screens
  • Fixed an issue that caused a black rectangle to appear on the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster when installing spoilers
  • Fixed some vinyl distortion issues that occurred on the Bentley Continental Supersports and BMW 1 Series M Coupé

December 13th, 2012

Added Content

  • Two new open-class drag events have been added to the game and will be available for daily play (“Skirmish” and “Loop”)
  • A new feature called “Race Again” has been added to the Post-race flow. Players can now repeatedly race against the same group of opponents without returning to Free Roam by going through the post-race flow within a specified amount of time.
  • Players can now earn Rep and reach Level 60! One free car slot will be unlocked at Level 60 and added to the player’s garage
  • Extrapolation improvements have been made to give a more accurate representation of a player’s position and driving behavior during a race or in Free Roam
  • New 4-Star Skill Mods have been released! These Skill Mods have the highest range of skill effects in the game, and can be either won from the Lucky Draw or from purchasing various Skill Packs, including the existing Race Skill Pack
  • Winter is here! Festive decorations are now visible around the world, including a winter wonderland which can be found at the Forest Green Country Club at the upper right corner of the world
  • The Koenigsegg CCXR Edition car has been added to the game and will be available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • New bodykits and hoods have been added to the Aftermarket Shop for various cars

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Rep and Cash Rewards for Class restricted events have been increased by 20%
  • A number of square glyphs appearing throughout text in-game have been fixed
  • Fixed an issue where the game would lock when using the social gadget in the post-race screen

November 27th, 2012

Added Content

  • Visual Customization update: players are now able to install individual hoods, spoilers, and bodykits on their vehicle through the Aftermarket Shop;
  • A new set of spoilers, hoods, and bodykits have been added to the game;
  • A new Mitsubishi Eclipse "4G63" Drag Edition has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer.

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that caused player's cash balance to not update after selling a skill mod from the Card Pack in the Skill Workshop;
  • Online status indicator now only appears in the Friends List in the Social Window;
  • A number of square glyphs appearing throughout text in-game have been fixed;
  • Added top-speed to the post-race screen results for Drag.

November 13th, 2012

Added Content

  • A new Nissan 240SX “Zero-Yon” Drag Edition has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The Team Escape post-race screen will now display “Busted” if the player runs out of time in the event
  • Fixed an issue caused the damage bar to remain green after switching cars from a rental
  • Some minor localization fixes were made

October 30th, 2012

Added Content

  • Details for Top speed, Best Lap, and Powerup usage have been added to the post-race screen for Race events
  • Team Escape post-race screens have been updated to distinguish between “Team Escape”, “Escape”, and “Busted” results. As well, the number of arrests per player have been added
  • A Race Skill Pack purchase button has been added to the Skill Workshop
  • An Aftermarket Card Pack purchase button has been added to the Aftermarket Shop
  • A new Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor “Cruiser” Drag Edition has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue which caused the 3 star Gear Ratio Enhancement Skill Mod to display an incorrect modification value
  • SpeedBoost balance will now refresh when re-purchasing a Card Pack
  • The hood cameras have been adjusted on the Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible, Chrysler® HEMI® 300C SRT8, Lamborghini Reventón, and Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR Elite
  • Fixed an issue that caused the selected items in the Paint Shop and Vinyl Shop to not appear highlighted
  • Fixed some vinyl distortion issues on the Ford Shelby® GT500 Super Snake “Pro Stock” Drag Edition and Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

October 16th, 2012

Added Content

  • Drag, an all new race mode, has been added to the game. Challenge your friends or compete against others in a fast, adrenaline-filled race to the finish line!
  • Full Manual transmission can now be selected and used (Drag races only)
  • 4 new Drag tracks have been added across the World. These events are all Open and available every day for players.
  • 3 new Drag Skill Mods have been added to the Skill Mod Shop for purchase, and to the Lucky Draw and Race Skill Packs to be won
  • Pre-race lobby and post-race screens have been updated to feature an improved user interface, including a full 3D view of any car and its installed parts
  • A Recent Players list has been added to the Social Menu, which contains all your most recent opponents or teammates in any event
  • The SpeedBoost store has been fully replaced by the Safehouse. Players are now able to make purchases and see their SpeedBoost balance all within the Safehouse
  • A new Gifts filter has been added to the Car Dealer and Aftermarket Shop
  • Halloween decorations, along with the Halloween exclusive Sprint race “Ghostwood”, have made their return to Need for Speed World
  • A new Toyota Supra “Street Mod” Drag Edition has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • A new Ford Shelby® GT500 Super Snake “Pro Stock” Drag Edition has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that prevented some players from joining Groups
  • Fixed an issue that caused the license plate to disappear off of the BMW 3.0 CSL Gr.5
  • Fixed some see-through geometry on the Nissan Nismo R34GT-R Z-tune
  • The hood camera on the Nissan 200SX [S14] has been adjusted
  • Damage texture has been tweaked on the Marussia B2
  • A number of localization issues were fixed

October 2nd, 2012

Added Content

  • Simplified Chinese, Thai, and Turkish localization support have been added to both the game and website

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that caused the effect’s data for Skill Mods to not display in the proper format while in Portuguese
  • Fixed an issue that caused vinyls placed on the hood of the Nissan Nismo R34GT-R Z-Tune to flip horizontally
  • Fixed an issue that caused the hood ornament to float on the BMW M3 E30 “Brezln”
  • Fixed some clipping damage detail on the Chrysler HEMI 300C SRT8 when equipped with Rex or Optima visual packages
  • Added some missing detail to the Dodge Challenger R/T’s tires

September 18th, 2012

Added Content

  • Oktoberfest has made its return to Need for Speed World
  • An all new BMW M3 E30 “Brezeln” edition has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • Added icons to the World Map to help distinguish which events are compatible with the player’s car
  • A “Show Incompatible Events” filter has been added to the World Map Options drop-down
  • Traffic has been removed from Class Restricted events, and reduced for regular events

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Improved client stability for players with a large amount of cars
  • Added the remaining rental duration display for rental cars in the Change Cars and Sell Cars screens
  • Clarified an error when attempting to purchase an item with insufficient SpeedBoost
  • Fixed an issue which caused the player’s cash balance to not display accordingly in the Performance Shop after selling a part from Card Packs
  • Fixed an issue which caused the underside of the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento to appear black
  • Some minor localization issues were fixed

September 5th, 2012

Added Content

  • A new BMW CSL 3.0 Gr. 5 “Leicht” has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • Cash rewards have been increased by 50% across all events
  • All Team Escape events have been turned on and will now be available everyday

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The Pagani Zonda Cinque has been retuned and is now categorized in ‘S’ Class
  • Fixed an issue where players are unable to view and redeem car gifts in the Safehouse
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some players from accessing any races
  • Missing HAT performance values were added to the Post-Race screen
  • The starting position has been adjusted in Palmont Pursuit

August 22nd, 2012

Added Content

  • New Car Classes system: Cars are no longer bracketed by Tiers, and are instead bracketed by Classes (E, D, C, B, A and S)
  • Players can upgrade any of their cars to reach a higher Car Class based on the car’s Overall Rating
  • The Purchase Cars, Sell Cars and Change Cars screens have been updated to feature an improved user interface and functionality.
  • Cars are now sorted in a scrollable list with the option to filter by Class and Make. A new panel shows any Skill Mods, Performance Parts, and Aftermarket Parts that are installed on the car, even before purchase; Players can mouseover each icon to get more information (e.g. part values)
  • Events-of-the-Day: Events will dynamically change every day (about 12 to 15 events will be available per day.)
  • Parts no longer have Tiers, any part can now be installed on any car
  • All Street Performance Parts are now available for purchase with Cash in the Performance Shop
  • More Car Slots will be unlocked at different levels: level 12, level 20, level 30, level 40, and level 50 (Players will be awarded the car slots retroactively based on their current level)
  • A.I opponents now compete using a larger selection of cars

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The maximum number of players per Multiplayer Event has been reduced from 8 to 6
  • Events are no longer level restricted
  • Cars available for Cash are no longer locked by level
  • Visual Packages sold for Cash are no longer locked by level
  • Car repair prices have been adjusted
  • Cash prices have been adjusted across all cars
  • SpeedBoost prices for a number of cars have been adjusted
  • The starting Cash balance for new Drivers has been adjusted
  • The “Misc” category has been removed from the Performance Shop
  • Fixed an issue in the Skill Workshop that caused filters to appear blank after scrolling to the bottom of the Store
  • Fixed a vinyl mirroring issue on the BMW M6 Convertible
  • Some missing damage detail was added for the BMW 135i “Flexor”

August 8th, 2012

Added Content

  • A new shard titled “Chicane” is now accessible via the Game Launcher. For more information on server shards please read here.

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Brake caliper positions have been adjusted on the Porsche 911 GT2
  • Missing damage detail was added for the Lexus IS300 (Treasure Hunter) and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Infiniti G35 model name to display incorrectly in Traditional Chinese

July 31st, 2012

Changes

  • The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is no longer free, however it is now available for purchase with Cash from the Car Dealer
  • Year 2 Vinyls, License Plate and Neon have been removed
  • 2x Rep and Cash earnings are being turned off

July 24th, 2012

Added Content

  • In celebration of our 2-year anniversary: A new stock Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has been added to the game and is completely free ($0 Cash) during the week of celebrations.
  • Players will earn 2 times Rep & Cash during the week of celebrations
  • Free Camera mode has been added to the game. By hitting ‘V’ on the keyboard, players now have the ability to control the camera’s angle and zoom while viewing their cars in Free Roam
  • 6 new music tracks have been added for Sprint and Circuit events, as well as Free Roam
  • A Commemorative Vinyl has been added in memory of community member STACECAKEX

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that caused a server disconnection while viewing a Driver Profile when the player sells a car from their garage
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some players from purchasing the Mystery Skill Pack
  • Fixed some vinyl mirroring issues on the BMW M6 Coupe, Ford Shelby® Terlingua Ford Mustang and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
  • Fixed an issue that prevented vinyls from being placed on the trunk of the Audi S5
  • Added some missing headlight flare to the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Porsche 911 GT2 to lose detail when viewed at a short distance from another player

July 18th, 2012

Release Notes

  • Server maintenance only

July 10th, 2012

Added Content

  • An all new Need for Speed Ford Shelby Terlingua has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Some minor bug fixes were made

June 27th, 2012

Added Content

  • An all new Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor has been added to the game and is available as free bonus with the purchase of SpeedBoost
  • In addition to cop lights, the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor comes equipped with the “Juggernaut” ability
  • A Mystery Skill Pack has been added to the Card Pack store in the Safehouse and can be purchased with Cash
  • Update to the Game Launcher: A shard/region selection dropdown appears. Options for download size and language selection are accessible on a separate page.

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The existing Mystery Pack has been renamed as the Mystery Performance Pack
  • Fixed an issue that caused the doors to disappear on the Mitsubishi Eclipse GT with certain visual packages installed
  • Fixed an issue that caused extra blank spaces to appear for the Car Make dropdown list in the Car Dealer
  • The driver height has been raised for the Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring w/Sport Pkg.
  • The quantity of Powerups rewarded will now display when purchasing any Card Pack
  • Some clipping icons in the left hand toolbar of the Paint Shop were fixed

June 12th, 2012

Added Content

  • Rewards have been improved in Treasure Hunt. Players are now able to earn Skill Mods by completing Treasure Hunts
  • Two new and exclusive Need for Speed World SUVs have been added to the game, sporting Battlefield Heroes inspired liveries
  • Both vehicles have been tuned with the “Juggernaut” ability specifically for Team Escape
  • Both vehicles’ hood cameras have been custom tuned with a fixed roof placement to give the player an advantage during Team Escape events

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The ability to bring up the context menu via right-clicking was restored in the Rankings
  • A missing race barrier was added to Boundary & Marine
  • A missing race barrier was added to Lyons & HWY 201
  • Fixed an issue which caused reverse lights to clip through the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
  • Fixed an issue that caused the player to loop back to the welcome screen when clicking on the (?) Help Icon in the Driver Creation screen
  • A number of instances of overlapping text were fixed for localized languages

May 30th, 2012

Added Content

  • New Driver Skills Customization system: Instead of skill points players will receive Skill Mods, similar to Performance and Aftermarket parts, which can be won from any event through the Lucky Draw or from purchasing Skill Packs
  • A Skill Workshop has been added so that players can install Skill Mods from their Inventory or purchase new Skill Mods from the Store
  • Traditional Chinese localization support has been added to both the game and website
  • A new Country Card Pack has been added to the game and includes new and exclusive Neons and License plates

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The Lamborghini Gallardo’s top speed has been significantly increased
  • The handling and acceleration have been improved on the Ford GT, Lamborghini Gallardo and Nissan GT-R [R35]
  • The bumper cameras have been tuned on the Ford GT, Lamborghini Gallardo and Nissan GT-R [R35]
  • The hood camera has been fixed on the Ford GT
  • Cop Lights no longer turn off when bringing focus to the chat window
  • Fixed an issue which caused tire skidding SFX to play at times when it shouldn’t
  • Report Driver functionality is now active in the Pre-Race lobby
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Mitsubishi Eclipse (Elite) to lose interior detail when viewed at a short distance
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Porsche Boxster Spyder’s windshield frame and seats to disappear when viewed at a distance
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Porsche 911 RSR 3.0 (Art Director)’s windshield to disappear when viewed at a distance
  • Fixed an issue which caused window tints to disappear on the BMW M3 GTS (Cop Edition), BMW Z4 GT3 (Easter Edition), Lamborghini Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster and 2009 Mazda RX-8 when viewed at a distance
  • Fixed an issue which caused window tints to not affect the Audi quattro 20V, Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302, Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake and Lamborghini Miura
  • Fixed an issue that prevented vinyl placement on the driver side of the Lamborghini Countach 5000 quattrovalvole’s hood
  • Missing headlight glare was fixed for the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and Lexus LF-A
  • Fixed an issue which caused the system clock to display 22:22 by default after completing any Event
  • Fixed an issue which caused reverse lights to clip through the car on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Ford Mustang Boss 302
  • A number of localization issues were fixed

Uncredited Changes

  • Added the Nissan 370Z Roadster Touring w/Sport Pkg.

May 17th, 2012

Added Content

  • The all new Scion tC has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

May 15th, 2012

Added Content

  • The Mazda RX-7 RZ has been re-released and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec (R34) has undergone retuning to increase the car’s top speed and enhance its handling
  • Fixed an issue that caused damage to appear black on the BMW M3 GTS (Cop Edition)
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 650-4 Roadster to lose a substantial amount of detail when viewed at a distance
  • A missing sound effect when winning a rare part from Card Packs was added
  • The brightness of the “Outlaw” license plate has been lowered
  • The edges of the “Diamonds” neons have been softened
  • A number of instances where text has cut off in localized languages have been fixed

May 1st, 2012

Added Content

  • Rep and Cash rewards have been increased by up to 100% across all game modes and all Driver Levels! Level up faster, and gain quicker access to new tracks and cars
  • Ultra performance parts have been released! Players can now earn these powerful customization items from the Lucky Draw by completing Race and Pursuit events
  • Platinum Card Packs are now available for purchase from the Card Packs store or from the SpeedBoost store
  • A new Car Styles Aftermarket Card Pack is available for purchase and includes new and exclusive Neons and License plates

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Bronze Card Packs have been removed from the game
  • The Nissan 350z (Z33) has undergone re-tuning to increase the car’s top speed and enhance its handling
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes allowed players to use the Slingshot or Traffic Magnet Powerup while in 1st place

April 17th, 2012

Added Content

  • An all new 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse (Elite) has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • Exclusive to the 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse (Elite), an aftermarket sound system can be activated by pressing the ‘K’ key

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that caused the client to crash when viewing certain Driver Profiles
  • Fixed an issue with the Porsche 911 GT2’s wheel geometry

April 3rd, 2012

Added Content

  • For a limited time only, an Easter Aftermarket Card Pack is available for purchase and includes exclusive Easter themed Neons and License Plates
  • A new BMW Z4 GT3 (Easter Edition) has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Improvements to the client’s stability have been made
  • The last active tab is now shown whenever the News Feed is opened during a session
  • The ability to click on a Driver name in the Rankings and bring up the context menu has been restored
  • Position numbers have been added to the Rankings
  • The Volkswagen Scirocco has undergone re-tuning to increase the car’s top speed and enhance its handling
  • The Toyota Supra has undergone re-tuning to increase the car’s top speed and enhance its handling
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Porsche 911 Turbo to disappear after a certain distance on other player’s screens when equipped with certain Visual Packages
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Lotus Evora (Cop Edition) to clip with objects in front of or behind the car
  • A missing license plate has been added to the Lamborghini Countach 5000 quattrovalvole
  • Fixed a vinyl wrapping issue on the Nissan Silvia when equipped with certain Visual Packages
  • Fixed a vinyl wrapping issue on the Lamborghini Murciélago (Cop Edition)
  • Fixed a vinyl mirroring issue on the Toyota MR2
  • Fixed an issue that caused damage to appear black on the BMW M3 GTS while in Minimum or Low level of detail when equipped with certain Visual Packages
  • Some missing exhaust effects were added to the BMW M3 Sport Evolution when equipped with dual exhaust Visual Packages

March 27th, 2012

Added Content

  • A new Mazda RX-8 (Renesis) has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

March 20th, 2012

Added Content

  • Added the ability to auto-decline all Private Match Invites as well as Group Invites in the Options menu
  • A new Lamborghini Countach 5000 quattrovalvole (Cop Edition) has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • The Nissan Fairlady 240ZG has been re-introduced to Need for Speed World and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue which prevented players from receiving Group or Private Match Invites after being sent an Invite while in the Options menu
  • Fixed an issue that caused damage to appear distorted on the Lotus Evora
  • Fixed a vinyl mirroring issue on the Volkswagen Scirocco equipped with certain Visual Packages
  • Fixed an issue that caused geometry to disappear from the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray when equipped with certain Visual Packages

March 6th, 2012

Added Content

  • The News Feed has been redesigned with an improved user interface
  • Players will now be able to see what new cars, features, or promotions have been added to the game when first logging in
  • An all new Toyota MR2 (Gymkhana) has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that caused geometry to disappear from the Mazda RX-8’s roof with specific visual packages installed
  • Fixed a vinyl mirroring issue on the Lexus IS350
  • Fixed a blown out polygon on the BMW M3 E92’s rear bumper with visual packages installed
  • The top speed of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition’s reverse gear has been increased
  • Brakes that were not visible on the Lamborghini Countach 5000 quattrovalvole have been added
  • Fixed some Cash and Rep calculation issues when purchasing Amplifiers at the Team Escape post-race screen

February 29th, 2012

Release Notes

  • Emergency Maintenance

February 28th, 2012

Added Content

  • The Ford GT-40 Mk.1 has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Some backend client-server optimizations were made

February 7th, 2012

Added Content

  • Players are now able to chat while in the Safehouse
  • When sending a whisper to another Driver, a separate chat filter is created to allow the player to see a record of the conversation between two players
  • A notification icon will appear when receiving updates to specific chat filters
  • Two new Team Escape events have been added to the game: “High Stakes” and “Underground”
  • For a limited time only, A Valentine Aftermarket Card Pack is available for purchase and includes exclusive Valentine’s Day Neons and License Plates
  • The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 “2011 Beast” has been reintroduced to Need for Speed World and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • The Lexus IS F “2011 Beauty” has been reintroduced to Need for Speed World and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • An all new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition “2012 Beauty” has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • An all new Lexus LFA “2012 Beast” has been added to the game and is available for purchase form the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Existing Team Escape events have been adjusted for difficulty. Time limits are now shorter, while Rep and Cash rewards have increased
  • The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 has undergone retuning to increase the car’s top speed and enhance its handling
  • The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 bumper cam has been adjusted
  • The Lexus LFA’s engine sound has been changed to match the real-life acoustics of the LFA’s V10 4.8L engine and multi-stage exhaust system
  • The Lexus IS F has undergone retuning to increase the car’s top speed and enhance its handling
  • A 7th gear has been added to the Lexus IS F
  • The Lexus IS F’s bumper cam has been adjusted
  • The “/f” friends chat functionality has been fixed
  • Fixed an issue that caused exhaust tips to clip into the Lamborghini Countach 5000 QUATTROVALVOLE’s body when equipped with visual packages
  • Fixed an issue that caused 2 steering wheels to appear on the Nissan 200SX while in minimum level of detail
  • Some missing vinyl thumbnail images were added for the Koenigsegg CCX “Elite”
  • Some minor world/environment fixes were made
  • Some missing mouse-over SFX were added when highlighting elements in the Aftermarket Shop

January 31st, 2012

Maintenance Tasks

  • Server maintenance

January 24th, 2012

Added Content

  • The Pagani Zonda F has been re-released and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Improvements to the client’s stability have been made
  • Free Roam keyboard shortcuts are now disabled when navigating to the SpeedBoost store from the News Feed

January 10th, 2012

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Improvements to the client’s stability have been made
  • Players are no longer sent to the same chat channel upon entering Free Roam
  • Players will now receive the correct car when purchasing the Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake “The RUN edition” web deal

Uncredited Changes

  • Added a manual transmission gear change as Left Shift and Left CTRL keys.

December 20th, 2011

Added Content

  • Players can now earn Aftermarket parts from the Lucky Draw by completing Race and Pursuit events! Parts earned are added to the player’s Inventory in the Aftermarket Shop and can be installed onto any player car from there
  • Aftermarket Card Packs have been added to the game! Each pack contains a full set of Aftermarket Parts (Neon, Window Tint, Wheels, License Plate, Lowering Kit), including special items not found in the Store. You can access them from the same Card Pack store in your Safehouse or from the SpeedBoost store in game
  • For a limited time only, a Christmas Special Pack is available for purchase and includes exclusive Christmas Neons and License Plates!
  • Chat has been modified to allow players to select the language they wish to chat in. The chat interface has also been revamped with a cleaner, simpler look
  • The all new Porsche 911 Carrera S “Snowflake” edition has been added to the game, and is available as a free bonus with a wallet top-up

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Improvements were made to the client’s overall stability
  • An issue which caused damage to render incorrectly on the Audi TT RS has been fixed
  • Fixed the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon Limited Edition’s drivetrain and made it a pure RWD
  • Fixed an issue that caused a number of elements in the UI to appear fuzzy when viewing the game on a minimum level of detail
  • Fixed an issue that caused manufacturer logos to appear small in the Car Dealer when viewing the game on a minimum level of detail
  • Fixed a vinyl distortion issue on the Pontiac Firebird Formula
  • Some minor clipping issues were fixed for localized languages
  • Some minor world/environment fixes were made

November 29th, 2011

Added Content

  • A new Renault Sport Mégane R.S “Gendarmerie Edition” (Cop) has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer. The Ford Mustang BOSS 302 is now available for purchase from the Car Dealer, previously available exclusively with a wallet top-up

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that caused the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Valentino Balboni to sometimes snag on walls when driving at an angle
  • A missing black stripe was added to the BMW M3 Sport Evolution’s front bumper.

November 16th, 2011

Added Content

  • Treasure Hunt Streak Rewards has been added as an extra feature for Treasure Hunt. Players can now complete Treasure Hunts multiple days in a row to earn items based on their current Treasure Hunt Streak.
  • 4 new Pursuit Outrun events have been added to the game, and can be accessed from the World Map or by driving up to an Event icon. As a result, Cop cars have been removed from Free Roam. In addition, rewards have been adjusted so longer pursuits give better Lucky Draw cards
  • The all new Chevrolet Camaro SS has been added the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (Cross) has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • A crash issue that would sometimes occur during Pursuits was fixed
  • Fixed an issue that caused a duplicate of the player’s car to temporarily appear in the Safehouse after applying vinyls to the car
  • The engine badge for the Audi R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI quattro has been fixed to display a correct V10 engine badge
  • Fixed an issue that caused damage to appear distorted on the Audi R8 Coupe 5.2 FSI quattro
  • The Treasure Hunt HUD no longer appears during the Tutorial race for newly created drivers
  • Vinyl distortion issues were fixed for the Audi R8 4.2 FSI quattro
  • Vinyl distortion issues were fixed for the Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  • Vinyl distortion issues were fixed for the Nissan 370Z [Z34]
  • Vinyl distortion issues were fixed for the Porsche Cayman S equipped with either the Halon or Coil Visual Packages
  • The finish on the Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640 has been fixed to match the rest of the car
  • Some misplaced exhaust effects were fixed for the Dodge Viper SRT10, when equipped with Visual Packages
  • Fixed a duplicate exhaust effect for the Subaru Impreza WRX STI equipped with Visual Packages
  • The order of the Meridian category of vinyls in the Vinyl Shop has been fixed
  • Some missing vinyl thumbnails were added for the Nissan Silvia [S15] “Touge” Cop Edition
  • Localized text was fixed for the BMW M3 Sport Evolution

October 19th, 2011

Added Content

  • Brazilian Portuguese (Português Brasileiro) localization support has been added to the game as well as the website
  • The all-new Nissan Fairlady 240ZG has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • The Renault Sport Mégane R.S. has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed a crash issue that would occur when viewing the Lotus Evora at certain distances
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from receiving cash after selling Performance Parts from their Inventory
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players with a full Inventory from receiving cash after winning a Performance Part from Lucky Draw
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused level 50 players to receive a Rep card from Lucky Draw
  • A crash issue was fixed that would occur when attempting to enter a race while colliding with a cop car
  • Fixed an issue that caused damage to appear distorted on the Shelby Cobra “Daytona” Coupe®
  • The Volkswagen GTI MK1’s drivetrain has been fixed to be true FWD
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec [R34] to appear invisible on other player’s screen after a certain distance
  • Improved mid-air extrapolation so that player’s cars appear more realistic on other player’s screens while in mid-air
  • Fixed an issue which prevented player’s true tuned HAT values from displaying when comparing drivers
  • Fixed an issue with suggested sales items clipping inside of the News Feed screen

September 21st, 2011

Added Content

  • The Chevrolet Chevelle SS has been added to the game, and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • A new Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition (Art Director) has been added to the game, and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • A number of Cop and traffic AI improvements were made
  • Fixed an issue that did not limit players from entering the Safehouse or initiating a pursuit before seeing the Results screen from a Treasure Hunt event
  • Fixed an issue that caused video settings to automatically set to Windowed mode after a hard disconnect
  • Fixed an issue with the Nissan 2000 GT-R that caused it’s wheels to appear pushed in after applying Visual Packages or Wheels to the car
  • Fixed a vinyl distortion issue when applying vinyls near the Nissan 2000 GT-R’s grill
  • Fixed an issue when placing vinyls on top of the antenna of the Audi TT RS Coupé which caused the vinyl to duplicate itself onto other areas of the car
  • Fixed an issue which caused the speedometer/tachometer and mini-map to remain on-screen while in a Meeting Place event
  • The grid layout was changed in Waterfront to prevent cars from starting beside a wall
  • The grid layout was changed in Financial District to prevent cars from starting behind a parking meter
  • A barrier which could be driven through in Seaside Interchange has been fixed

August 24th, 2011

Added Content

  • Sport level Performance Parts have been added to the Performance Shop for in-game Cash
  • Cash and Rep Amplifiers are now available as a 100% increase for 10 days. (Previously a 25% increase for 7 days.)
    • NOTE: This change will not affect drivers with existing 25% Amplifiers, however purchasing a new 100% Amplifier will override any existing 25% Amplifiers for its 10 day duration.
  • The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition has been added to the game, and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • The Audi RS 4 has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that caused an error to occur when attempting to unlock Vinyl categories
  • Traffic AI logic has been changed to reduce the amount of traffic swerving into players
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Audi TT RS to become RWD after installing Performance Parts on it
  • Some missing Nitrous exhaust effects were added for a number of visual packages on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  • A missing Vinyl thumbnail image was added for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Nitrous effect to render improperly on the Lotus Exige Cup 260s
  • Fixed an issue that caused the client to crash after joining an event with the Driver Profile open
  • Fixed an issue that caused driver input to become locked after closing the Report Driver window
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Cop radar from working as intended after completing a Treasure Hunt
  • Fixed an issue that caused the HUD to disappear after leaving a Meeting Place event
  • Missing reverse lights were added for the Audi A1 Clubsport quattro
  • Some visual packages on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS with see-through sections were fixed
  • Fixed a visible seam on the Porsche Cayman S “Treasure Hunter” while driving in the hood camera view
  • Fixed a visible seam on the Audi A1 Clubsport quattro while driving in the hood camera view
  • Fixed a visible seam on the Mazda MX5 while driving in the hood camera view
  • Fixed an issue in Eagle Drive that caused players to sometimes start with a garbage bin inside of their car

August 9th, 2011

Added Content

  • The Porsche 911 GT3 RS has been added to the game, and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Uncredited Changes

  • Added the Mazda MX-5 as a Speedboost purchase gift vehicle

July 26th, 2011

Added Content

  • In celebration of our 1-year anniversary: the all-new Porsche 959 has been added to the game and is available for purchase with Cash from the Car Dealer
  • A Porsche 959 “Year One” edition is available for purchase with SpeedBoost, and comes equipped with Performance Parts and an exclusive Art Director-designed livery
  • The Nissan 350z (Underground 2) is now available for purchase with Cash from the Car Dealer
  • The Volkswagen Scirocco (Zack) is now available for purchase with Cash from the Car Dealer
  • The Dodge Viper SRT10 is now available for purchase with Cash from the Car Dealer
  • A “Year One” license plate has been added, and is available for purchase with Cash from the Aftermarket Shop
  • A “Year One” vinyl is available for purchase with Cash from the Vinyl Shop
  • Three cars have been reduced in price as a limited time offer
  • 1000 SpeedBoost available for redemption

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The starting grid formation has been staggered to optimize race starts
  • The steering ratio has been tweaked for all cars to allow all cars to perform at 100% steering capability
  • Fixed the Toyota Supra’s drivetrain and made it a pure RWD
  • Fixed a body roll issue across all cars. Cars will now have less body roll
  • Fixed an issue with the reverse gear in all cars. Cars can now reverse more efficiently
  • Equalized the NOS values that gave some cars unfair advantages
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cop radar to disappear from the mini-map after triggering a Pursuit
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Cops from appearing when leveling up to level 2 from a Treasure Hunt
  • Fixed an issue that caused Cash Rewards to drop to 0 when activating a Cash Amplifier at level 50
  • An open barrier in the Team Escape event “Most Wanted“ has been fixed
  • A wall in Rosewood Stadium that was able to be driven through has been fixed
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Rewards screen from displaying after all players are Busted past 50% completion in Team Escape events
  • Fixed an issue in the Vinyl Shop that caused the colour thumbnail to always appear black after changing colours
  • A number of missing tool-tip images in the Aftermarket Shop were added
  • Fixed an issue that caused Power-ups to render white when used during the night cycle
  • Some Visual Packages with see-through sections were fixed for the Lotus Elise
  • Fixed an issue that prevented auto-complete from functioning in the Group Invite field
  • A number of localization fixes were made

Uncredited Changes

  • Added the Lotus Exige Cup 260 to the game.

July 5th, 2011

Maintenance Tasks

  • Server maintenance

June 28th, 2011

Added Content

  • A new game mode, Treasure Hunt, has been added to the game. Once a day, 15 Treasure Icons will be hidden in different parts of your world. Use your map and mini-map radar to find and collect all Icons within the day to receive Rep and Cash Rewards!
  • The all new Team Need for Speed BMW Z4 GT3 has been added to the game, and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The Transmission on the Nissan GT-R (R35) has been reconfigured to free up the top gear which was limiting its top speed
  • The Differential on the Nissan GT-R (R35) has been reconfigured to distribute power evenly which affects its overall responsiveness
  • A 6th gear was added for the Lexus ISF
  • Some improvements were made to shorten queue times during periods of high game activity
  • Matchmaking has been tuned to improve quality of matches found during high game activity
  • Fixed an issue which caused bird sprites to appear behind a player’s car after activating the Slingshot Powerup
  • Fixed an issue that caused vinyls to appear distorted on the Audi TT RS Coupé equipped with INNOVA or OFFROAD visual packages
  • Fixed an issue that caused sections of the hood to appear transparent on the Chevrolet Corvette equipped with the OPTIMA visual package
  • A number of visual packages for the Toyota Corolla GT-S [AE86] that were missing Nitrous VFX were fixed
  • A number of environment/world fixes were made

June 21st, 2011

Added Content

  • The new “Speed Edition” Audi A1 clubsport quattro has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

June 14th, 2011

Added Content

  • An all new Lamborghini Murciélago (Cop Edition) has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Uncredited Changes

  • Added traffic vehicles to the Rockport Turnpike Highway.

June 7th, 2011

Added Content

  • A Pontiac GTO ‘65 (Red Team Escape Edition) is now available as a free bonus with the purchase of SpeedBoost

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue that caused Visual Packages with carbon fibre hoods to render incorrectly
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Lamborghini Murciélago to appear to have a missing roof for players with classic Visual Packages installed

May 31st, 2011

Added Content

  • All new Visual Packages have been added to the game and are available for purchase from the Aftermarket Shop
  • Unlock levels and prices have been lowered for Visual Packages that can be purchased with Cash
  • Carbon fibre hoods have been introduced to Need For Speed World. These can be found on the new Visual Packages
  • The exclusive Audi A1 clubsport quattro has been added to the game and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • New dialog boxes have been added when attempting to purchase any SpeedBoost items with insufficient SpeedBoost

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Improvements were made to the client’s overall stability
  • Fixed an issue that caused the game to freeze for players running NVIDIA 7300 series GPUs
  • Fixed an issue that caused the player’s full car list to temporarily disappear when changing drivers in the Safehouse
  • Fixed an issue in Pursuit mode that prevented disabled cops from being counted when knocking down a pursuit breaker
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented players from receiving a Reward card after completing a Pursuit
  • A number of Police chatter audio issues were resolved
  • The starting grid has been re-arranged for Team Escape events
  • The ‘/’ key will now open the chat input box
  • Fixed an issue in Team Escape that caused Rhinos to spin around when in close proximity with another player
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Pursuits to have roadblocks without any cop cars present
  • Fixed an issue that caused player’s to see their placement jump up and down randomly during a Multiplayer race
  • Fixed an issue that prevented notifications from appearing on a Friend’s News Feed when winning a Pro Performance Part
  • Fixed an issue that prevented cop cars from appearing in Free Roam after completing a Pursuit longer than 10 minutes
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the player to enter a pursuit without any cop cars chasing them
  • Fixed an issue with VOIP that caused all players to become muted when adjusting the Microphone sensitivity slider
  • Fixed a VOIP issue that sometimes prevented players from being muted when blocking a player
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Pursuit Length statistic to round up to 1 minute when a player evades a pursuit under 1 minute
  • The Porsche 911 (Rose Edition) now features a female driver
  • Car tires can no longer become flat while respawning during a Team Escape event
  • Fixed an issue which caused the mini-map to appear foggy and reflective
  • A number of cars that had their nitrous effects disappear after installing a Visual Package have been fixed
  • A number of Visual Packages that removed manufacturer emblems and gas tanks have been fixed
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Lamborghini Murciélago’s wheels to appear to clip through the vehicle in the Safehouse after installing a Tier 3 Lowering Kit
  • Fixed some minor presentation issues with the Group chat UI
  • Fixed an issue that prevented player’s cars from appearing when switching Drivers through the Exit Game flow
  • Some missing mouse-over sound effects were added
  • Fixed an issue that caused the World Map options buttons to flicker while being highlighted
  • Information for the Team Escape ‘Help’ tool-tips have been fixed
  • A number of cut off text issues were fixed across all languages
  • A number of environment/world fixes were made

May 24th, 2011

Added Content

  • The Volkswagen Scirocco (Zack) has been added to the game, and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer.

May 17th, 2011

Added Content

  • The Porsche 911 (Rose) has been added to the game, and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • A clean up was done in the News Feed to remove all non-sticky news articles

May 10th, 2011

Added Content

  • A Dodge Viper SRT10 (Red Team Escape Edition) will be available as a free bonus with the purchase of SpeedBoost starting Wednesday, May 11th PDT

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • An issue that caused the Launcher/Patcher to stop mid-download has been resolved
  • Some localization fixes were made in the Car Dealer

May 3rd, 2011

Added Content

  • The Safehouse has been updated to feature an improved user interface
  • The Ford GT has been added to the game and is available for purchase with SpeedBoost
  • The Ford Escort RS Cosworth has been added to the game and is available for purchase with SpeedBoost

Bug Fixes

  • Made improvements to the game client’s stability
  • Fixed an issue that caused an insufficient SpeedBoost error to appear when purchasing an item that has the same value as the player’s wallet balance
  • Fixed an issue that caused an insufficient SpeedBoost error to appear when attempting to redeem gifts
  • Fixed an issue with VOIP that caused microphone input to be voice active upon booting, despite ‘Push-to-talk’ being the default setting
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the ‘Cops Taken Out’ value from counting after destroying a cop car with a Pursuit Breaker
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Friends chat option from functioning
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the VOIP HUD from appearing when two players invite each other to a Group
  • Fixed some cut off text on a number of screens

April 26th, 2011

Added Content

  • New license plates have been added to the game and are available for purchase from the Aftermarket Shop

April 19th, 2011

Added Content

  • New window tints and neons have been added to the game and are available for purchase from the Aftermarket Shop
  • An all new Mazda RX-7 ‘Battle Machine’ has been added to the game, and is available for purchase from the Car Dealer

April 12th, 2011

Version R5.18

Added Content

  • Dolby® Axon voice chat technology has been added to the game. Players can now voice chat with each other when they have joined a Group of up to 8 players.
  • A new ‘Download Size’ option has been added to the Game Launcher to help reduce download times for new players who do not plan to use the ‘Maximum’ Level of Detail graphics option in game.
    • NOTE: Existing installations already have these ‘Maximum’ textures downloaded. We advise these players do not change this option from ‘Maximum’ to ‘Standard’ as this will prompt the client to download additional files (and thus causing additional download times for these players).
  • Players can now purchase Tiered Card Packs from the Safehouse. Each pack contains at least one performance part meant for a specific car Tier.
  • An all new Dodge Viper SRT10 (Team Escape Edition) is now available for purchase from the Car Dealer.
  • An all new Pontiac GTO ’65 (Team Escape Edition) is now available for purchase from the Car Dealer.
  • The Pontiac GTO ’65 is now available for purchase with cash from the Car Dealer (previously available exclusively for SpeedBoost).
  • A new Group HUD has been added. Players are now have the ability to invite an entire group to a Private Match with a single click.

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Made improvements to the game client’s stability.
  • Visual Packages that appear the same as each other have been consolidated in the Body Shop.
  • Fixed an issue that caused drivers to not receive a set of Team Escape powerups by default.
  • Replaced a placeholder thumbnail image for the ‘Royal Purple’ Dodge Charger’s custom wheels in the Aftermarket Shop.
  • Fixed an issue in Team Escape that caused team-mate’s distance to finish value to show an incorrect value in the post-race screen.
  • Fixed an issue that caused all Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640’s Visual Package’s to appear within the Street category.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the ‘Players Joined’ counter to remain at 1/8 when inviting players to a Private Match.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Durability warning icon to clip into other objects in post-race screens.
  • Fixed an issue the caused a red border to appear around the game launcher on systems with ATI graphics cards.
  • Replaced an incorrect finish line icon for the ‘Home Run’ Team Escape event.

April 6th, 2011

Version 5.17

Release Notes

  • Server maintenance and optimizations. No game/server patch will be deployed.

March 29th, 2011

Version 5.16

Added Content

  • Team Escape, the brand new Co-op Game Mode has been added and is available to all players for free!
  • Enjoy 6 Escapes that span across the World.
  • With the introduction of this new mode comes 2 brand new Powerups (Team Emergency Evade + Team Slingshot)
  • Check the Game Guide for full instructions
  • An all-new Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee (Team Escape Edition) is now available for purchase with SpeedBoost from the Car Dealer.

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Made improvements to the game client’s stability.
  • Fixed an issue with pursuits that prevented the heat level from resetting after being busted.
  • Fixed an issue with pursuits that prevented roadblocks from affecting the busted meter.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the fuel tank door to disappear from the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee after applying the Enervate body kit.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the ’65 Pontiac GTO’ ride height to appear lower in the Safehouse than in Free Roam.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Lamborghini Murciélago’s stock rims to appear black when applying any paint colour.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Nissan Skyline R34’s rims from being paintable while having the Kimura body kit installed.
  • The Super Bee emblem will no longer disappear from the side of the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee when applying body kits.
  • Missing vinyl thumbnails were added for the Shift 2 edition Toyota Supra.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Aftermarket Shop icon to appear pixellated on all levels of detail.

March 21st, 2011

Version 5.15

Added Content

  • The Lamborghini Murciélago has been introduced to Need for Speed World; available now for purchase from the Car Dealer
  • An all-new Toyota Supra ‘SHIFT 2 Unleashed’ Edition has been added to the game for purchase from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • A large number of world and texture-related issues have been fixed
  • Fixed a number of race events that were missing mini-map icons from their race gadgets
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the News Feed widget’s notification animation from displaying
  • Fixed an issue that prevented mouse over tool-tips from appearing for Performance Parts won from Lucky Draws
  • Visual problems have been fixed in reward cards

March 15th, 2011

Version 5.14

Added Content

  • New Visual Customization System: Players are now able to install individual visual parts on their vehicle through the Aftermarket Shop
  • All new wheels, neons, window tints, tiered lowering kits, and custom license plates have been added to the game
  • The Audi TT RS is now available for purchase from the Car Dealer (previously available for rental only.)

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Made some improvements to the game client’s stability
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from purchasing Visual Packages or caused players to receive transaction errors
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from modifying the wheel colour on the Dodge Viper SRT-10
  • Fixed an issue that prevented certain player’s levels from displaying in the friends list
  • An appropriate pop-up will now appear when attempting to repair a vehicle with insufficient cash
  • Fixed an issue that prevented World Map options from saving after closing the window
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from scrolling to the bottom of the Audio menu in the Options menu
  • Clicking on an empty area in the top left of the screen will no longer open the News Feed
  • Removed some incorrect audio from the Boost Store when the Free Roam music slider was set to 0
  • SFX has been tweaked so that out of range pursuit breakers are no longer audible when they are knocked down by another player
  • Event icons will no longer disappear when they are close to the edge of the World Map

March 8th, 2011

Version 5.13

Release Notes

  • The purpose of tonight’s maintenance window is to patch & maintain game servers therefore no new content will be deployed.

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed a graphical issue with the Launcher/Patcher

March 2nd, 2011

Version 5.12

Added Content

  • The Audi TT RS Coupé has been added to the game and is available for rental with SpeedBoost
  • An all new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 (NFSW Limited Edition) is now available as a free bonus when you purchase 17,500 SpeedBoost
  • The Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec [R34] is now available for purchase with cash from the Car Dealer (previously available exclusively for SpeedBoost)
  • The ‘Underground 2’ Nissan 350Z [Z33] is now available for purchase with SpeedBoost from the Car Dealer (previously available for Rental)

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue in the Game Launcher that prevented the game files from being updated correctly
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Rep Amplifier to display an incorrect amount for time remaining after purchasing a Cash Amplifier
  • The Dodge Viper emblem will no longer disappear when applying visual packages to the car
  • The Lexus IS-F ‘Beauty’ and the Chevrolet Corvette ‘The Beast’ will now appear to have neon lighting while previewing in the Car Dealer
  • Fixed an issue that caused Powerup Card Packs with a quantity of x40, to not display a quantity
  • Fixed an issue that allowed articles to be draggable in the News Feed
  • Fixed an issue that caused vinyls to appear skewed on the BMW Z4 M Coupe

February 25th, 2011

Version 5.11.1

Release Notes

  • Fixed an issue that caused vinyls to disappear when viewing different cars in the Car Dealer

February 21st, 2011

Version 5.11

Added Content

  • The Dodge Viper SRT10 is now available for purchase with SpeedBoost, previously available exclusively with a wallet top up.
  • All Card Packs are now 25% off the regular purchase price for a limited time!
  • Players can view a short version of incoming news via the new Broadcaster feature, and click on it to bring up the News Feed
  • More news articles have been added, such as reminder about expiring purchases, friends winning rare parts from the Lucky Draw, etc.
  • Players can now make use of action links within each news article to send messages, visit the Store and access other features with a single click

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Made improvements to the game client’s stability
  • Optimizations were made to improve the speed of loading textures
  • Fixed an issue that caused the car list in the Safehouse to display incorrectly when a player owns multiple instances of the same car and sells one
  • The Dodge Charger SRT8 SuperBee’s front bumper emblems will no longer disappear after installing a Visual Package to the vehicle
  • ‘The Beast’ Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is no longer missing thumbnail images for applied vinyls in the Vinyl Shop
  • ‘The Beauty’ Lexus ISF is no longer missing thumbnail images for applied vinyls in the Vinyl Shop
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Race Event tool-tips to appear cut off at the bottom of the World Map
  • Fixed an issue that caused components to overlap in the Social Menu when having 6 friends or more
  • The Game Guide will no longer remain active while purchasing a Card Pack
  • Some missing audio was added to the Social Menu and Options Menu
  • Fixed an issue that caused tool-tips to only appear for the player ranked first in the News Feed Leaderboard
  • Fixed an issue with the Zero Visual Package that caused the rear section of the Mazda RX-7 to appear transparent in the Safehouse
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the name of player’s car models from displaying in the pre-race Lobby
  • Fixed an issue that occurred after purchasing or renting a car from the SpeedBoost store that prevented the car from appearing immediately

February 8th, 2011

Version 5.09

Added Content

  • ‘The Beast’ Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is available for purchase with SpeedBoost and comes equipped with exclusive underglow lighting
  • ‘The Beauty’ Lexus IS-F is available for purchase with SpeedBoost and sports a unique ‘Love Dust’ effect in addition to being equipped with exclusive underglow lighting. Not only that, players are able to drive as a female for the first time in Need for Speed World!
  • The SpeedBoost store has been completely re-designed to include an improved user interface and functionality

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Resolved an issue that caused the game to crash after re-purchasing a Card Pack with insufficient funds
  • Fixed a number of crashes associated with the Limited Edition Dodge Viper SRT10
  • Optimizations were made to help reduce rapid countdowns from occurring
  • While in the Vinyl Catalog, the SpeedBoost button will no longer remain clickable after unlocking a Vinyl Category
  • Fixed an issue that caused some players with multiple Drivers to appear offline as a different Driver than the one they were currently logged on with
  • An appropriate error message will now appear when attempting to add more rental time over the two rental limit
  • Optimizations were made to improve the way the Game Launcher updates the game
  • Some minor localization fixes were made

February 1st, 2011

Version 5.08

Added Content

  • An all new ‘Underground 2’ Nissan 350Z [Z33] has been added for rental from the Car Dealer

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The Nitrous visual effect has been fixed on the Dodge Viper SRT-10 Limited Edition
  • The 1965 Pontiac GTO’s rims are now paintable
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the creator of a Private Match from being able to re-invite a player who was unable to join a previous Private Match because it was full
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Card rewards screen from appearing after purchasing a Card Pack through the ‘Busted’ post Pursuit screen.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Performance parts to be automatically installed on the player’s car if they drag a part outside of the Inventory/Store, then drop the part back into the Inventory/Store
  • Fixed an issue that prevented bonus rewards from being displayed in the ‘You Earned’ screen
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Chat window to shift off screen when minimized after joining a Race or Pursuit
  • A number of the Styles have been renamed in the Car Dealer
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Event Mode selection buttons in the Powerup Console to display “Page Menu Item” when clicking and dragging on them
  • Fixed an issue that caused the World Map to open when clicking outside of the mini-map area
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Safehouse icon in Free Roam to become highlighted when the mouse cursor was beneath the icon
  • Minor localization fixes were made

January 26th, 2011

Version 5.07

Added Content

  • The 1965 Pontiac GTO has been added to the game and is available for purchase with SpeedBoost through the Car Dealer
  • The all new Dodge Viper SRT-10 Limited Edition is available exclusively as a free bonus with the purchase of 17,500 SpeedBoost
  • The ‘Gold Pack’ Card Pack has been introduced as an additional option for purchase with SpeedBoost

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Made improvements to the game client’s stability
  • Fixed an issue that prevented players from purchasing a car with SpeedBoost if their available cash was below the car’s SpeedBoost cost
  • When applying a body kit to the “Snowflake” Edition Porsche 911 Turbo, the snowflake visual effect will no longer disappear
  • Fixed an issue that caused some players to experience an infinite loading screen when attempting to unlock vinyl categories with SpeedBoost
  • Fixed an issue that was causing vinyls to flip incorrectly while using the Flip Mode in the Customization shop
  • Players will no longer be able to drive during the post race screen after holding down ‘ESC’ and ‘H’ at the beginning of a tutorial race
  • Fixed an issue that caused the license plate to disappear on the Mazda Mazdaspeed3 when installing the Phasis Visual Package
  • A few minor localization fixes were made

January 18th, 2011

Version 5.06

Added Content

  • The Social Menu has been redesigned to include an improved user interface.
  • The Nissan GT-R [R35] is now available for purchase with SpeedBoost (previously available for Rental)
  • The Nissan 370Z [Z34] is now available for purchase with SpeedBoost (previously available for Rental)
  • The Nissan 350Z [Z33] is now available for purchase with SpeedBoost (previously available for Rental)
  • The Subaru Impreza WRX STI is now available for purchase with SpeedBoost (previously available for Rental)
  • The BMW Z4-M Coupe is now available for purchase with SpeedBoost (previously available for Rental)
  • The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is now available for purchase with SpeedBoost (but will remain available for Rental)

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed a number of bugs that were causing crashes
  • Fixed an issue that was causing some players to receive a server error during race events
  • Fixed an issue that caused player to receive an error when using chat whisper with no target name
  • The time of day will no longer change after entering or exiting the golf course
  • Fixed a number of bugs that were causing certain vinyls to appear distorted when placed on the hood or top of a vehicle
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Rep, Heat Level, and Car Model from appearing in the ‘Select a Driver’ screen
  • Fixed an issue that caused player’s cars to stack on top of each other when joining a Private or Multiplayer event at Riverfront Stadium Meeting Place
  • Group Chat invites will no longer block the player’s screen while in a race or pursuit
  • Fixed an issue that caused player’s Durability to sometimes display incorrectly in the post race screen
  • Fixed an issue that prevented player’s ability to move in Free Roam when creating a Private Match
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the race route from being highlighted on the Mini Map
  • Fixed an issue that caused the ‘Top Gear’ edition Chevrolet Corvette vinyls to appear opaque when applying any Special or Vandal vinyls to the vehicle
  • Some minor localization fixes were made
  • Some texture seams and flickering issues in the world have been resolved

Known Issues

  • The Shield Powerup is only immune to a single targeted Traffic Magnet instead of lasting the full duration

January 11th, 2011

Version 5.05

Added Content

  • An additional meeting place located at Riverfront Stadium in Rockport has been added
  • Four new vinyl categories have been made available exclusively for purchase: Vandal, Hatch, Vudu and Maskirovka!
  • In addition, for those who wish to unlock the previous vinyls at earlier levels have now been given the option to do so
  • An all-new ‘Pro Street’ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X has been added for rental from the Car Dealer
  • The ‘Underground’ Nissan Skyline GT-R [R34] Skyline is now available for purchase with SpeedBoost (previously available for Rental)

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue where cop cars will suddenly appear or disappear while in a highly populated area of free roam
  • The Nissan Skyline GT-R [R34] can now correctly enter Tier 2 racing events
  • Fixed an area in Fortuna that cop cars would not enter during a pursuit
  • Players who purchase a car with SpeedBoost will no longer have to leave the Safehouse to receive their additional car slot
  • Fixed an issue for players with the Porsche 911 Snowflake Edition that was causing their opponent’s car information to display improperly in the Multiplayer lobby
  • Fixed an issue with the Leaderboard in the News Feed that caused the rank numbers to be cut off
  • Fixed an issue where some promotional vinyls were not appearing in the ‘Special’ category of the Vinyl Shop
  • Attempting to purchase a Mystery Pack with insufficient cash will now display an appropriate error message
  • Locked vinyl categories have been fixed to inform players which level they need to be to unlock each category
  • Fixed an issue that prevented player’s stats from updating in the race lobby after applying performance parts to their cars
  • Added some Sound FX that were missing from the Safehouse Customization menus
  • Fixed a vinyl distortion issue on the Toyota Supra equipped with an Avalanche visual package
  • Fixed a vinyl distortion issue with the Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee
  • The Heat Progression Meter now fills with a consistent color
  • A number of clipping and flickering issues in the world have been resolved
  • Minor fixes were made for localized languages

December 17th, 2010

Version 5.04.1

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed an issue where players were receiving an error when they rent either the "Underground" Edition Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec or Lamborghini Gallardo.

December 16th, 2010

Version 5.04

Added Content

  • Night has arrived! This all-new Time of Day has been added to the game. Race your friends and battle the cops under the cover of darkness.
  • Добро пожаловать! Russian localization support has been added to the game, as well as the website
  • ‘Snowflake’ Porsche 911 Turbo is available for purchase with SpeedBoost and comes with a exclusive livery, a unique snowflake effect, and is outfitted in ‘Race’ level parts.
  • Race your friends in the “Home for the Holidays” Community Event located in Downtown Rockport
  • Check out the new Holiday-themed Vinyls, available to you when you purchase 17,500 SpeedBoost during the holidays.
  • An option to purchase cars permanently using SpeedBoost has been made available in the Car Dealer screen in-game (previously available exclusively via the Web Store)

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed race countdown slowing down on low frame rates.
  • World Map filters should now hide/show the correct icons during races and pursuits
  • Fixed an issue where Leaderboards would load indefinitely for some players in the News Feed
  • The incorrectly named ‘Beach & Chancellor’ race event has been renamed to ‘Condo Row’
  • Resolved an issue where the ‘One More Lap’ powerup was not affecting all players in a race
  • AI racers no longer suddenly change direction during the ‘Campus Interchange Circuit’ event
  • Server-time clock now displays the time correctly between 00:00 and 01:00
  • Players can no longer activate ‘Shield’ or ‘One More Lap’ powerups within a Meeting Place event
  • Fixed a number of races that listed the incorrect track length in their description
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘Emergency Evade’ visual effects were displayed incorrectly when driving on snow
  • An appropriate error will now display when attempting to install a higher Tier part on lower Tier cars
  • Fixed an issue where certain textures were missing at Low and Minimum levels of detail
  • A number of clipping and flickering issues in the world have been resolved
  • Overlapping text improvements for localized languages

Known Issues

  • When purchasing a car in-game using SpeedBoost, the extra car slot will not appear until players exit and re-enter to the Safehouse

December 9th, 2010

Version 5.03

Added Content

  • Season's Greetings! This merry update brings the Winter Holidays to Need for Speed World. Be on the lookout for all sorts of holiday themed decorations in the World...especially the golf course.
  • The new “SHIFT” Edition Audi R8 is available for purchase from the NFS World Webstore.
  • The Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec [R34] has been added to the game for Rental from the Car Dealer. The liveries of this car were inspired by the original Need for Speed™ Underground cover car.

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Fixed some bugs that were causing crashes during specific events.
  • Players will no longer receive the error “Shopping cart purchase failed” when trying to save valid changes in the Paint Shop.
  • The Nitrous powerup will now grant a minor boost of speed even if players are already at their car’s top speed.
  • Players are now informed that Race Now has been cancelled after entering and exiting the Options menu while searching for opponents.
  • HTML code has been disabled in the in-game chat to resolve an issue where the chat would become ‘stuck’ after entering certain symbols.
  • Fixed an issue where players were returned to free roam after Lobby countdown reached zero.
  • Lower level events now appear smaller and fade out as players level up.
  • Race icons are no longer visible during a race. In addition, the finish line is no longer visible once the race is over.
  • Repair button will no longer deduct additional cash if pressed again while the ‘Please wait’ message is displayed.
  • Users should no longer be shown incorrect Rep / Cash reward values on the post-race screen.
  • Fixed an issue where selecting ‘Ready’ in the Pre-Race screen was affecting other players’ ready lights.
  • HUD no longer appears in screenshots taken with the Snapshot button in MeetingPlace events.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing powerup icons to appear blurry on certain settings.
  • Tutorials no longer appear twice after switching to Windowed mode.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the powerup HUD to disappear after skipping the tutorials.
  • News Feed will no longer close when the player scrolls to the bottom.
  • Selecting the boost store immediately after completing a race will no longer cause the HUD to disappear.
  • Fixed an issue on the ‘Stadium & HWY 99’ event where players would crash into an overpass when racing at very high speeds.
  • Players will no longer see the ‘Invite to Race’ option in the context menu after cancelling a Private Match.
  • The ‘Finding Opponents’ text is no longer editable.
  • The ‘Shield’ powerup visual effect no longer sticks to the ground if it used while under the effect of a ‘Traffic Magnet’ powerup.
  • Fixed an issue where the incorrect colour value (HSV) was displayed in the Paint Shop after switching between paintable sections.
  • The number ‘1’ vinyl has been re-added to the list of available vinyls (under ‘Total’).
  • Clicking on an occupied powerup slot in the Powerup Console now empties that slot.
  • Pursuit Length no longer includes time spent in tutorial pop-ups.
  • DNF statistic is now shown as a number (instead of a %) throughout the game.
  • An issue causing the Audio settings to revert back to previous settings after restarting has been resolved.
  • Screenshots taken on the post-event screen are now properly saved in the Screenshots folder.
  • A speed-bump in the Rosewood Bus Terminal that was causing problems with car physics has been fixed.
  • Resolved a number of ‘pop-in’ bugs where buildings, signs, and terrain were appearing/disappearing suddenly.
  • Fixed a number of areas where users could clip or fall through the world.
  • Race markers should no longer appear floating in the air, or buried under the ground.
  • Removed a few stray Pumpkins left over from Halloween.
  • Fixed a large number of additional world art issues including: flickering geometry, clipping issues, missing textures and floating objects.
  • Sound FX from other players’ cars should no longer cut out as suddenly as they drive away.
  • A few missing Sound FX have been added.
  • Minor Traffic AI Improvements have been made.
  • Additional minor / localization fixes.

December 1st, 2010

Version 5.02

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • ‘Castellano’ has been changed to ‘Español’ in the Game Launcher
  • Improved multiplayer synchronization
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing players with certain Pentium 4 chipsets from entering into races

November 24th, 2010

Version 5.01

Added Content

  • Added support for French, Spanish and Polish languages.
  • Improved News Feed – The News Feed will now popup automatically when you boot the game and enter Free Roam. In addition, we have made some changes to the look of the News Feed.

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Multiple crash bugs have been resolved
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing cars from being repaired
  • The context menu will now open properly after whispering to another player
  • An issue with the visual packages for the Lotus Elise has been resolved
  • Fixed an issue causing the incorrect price to be shown when selling duplicate parts
  • Fixed an issue where the volume sliders were not functioning as intended
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the game to lock up when some players changed their drivers
  • ‘Invite to Group’ option has been re-added to the context menu
  • Join Race menu no longer disappears when the Esc menu is opened and closed
  • Fixed an issue with the context menu preventing it from opening after whispering to a player
  • Icon to enter the SpeedBoost Store has been changed to ‘Store’
  • Fixed some overlapping/cut-off text in German
  • Other minor bug fixes

Special Notes

  • Please note that the Need for Speed World Leaderboards will be reset during the patch. This means that all leaderboard data will be removed. We're resetting the leaderboards due to the new Performance Customization system and to remove invalid times.

November 19th, 2010

5.00 Hot Fixes

Release Notes

  • Post-Pursuit screen displaying double reputation/cash issue has been addressed. Please note that players did receive the correct amount of cash & rep. The problem was the rewards were being shown as double the correct amount.
  • Pursuit difficulty has been adjusted.
  • Fixed an issue where the user is able to use the Traffic Magnet in succession.
  • Cop proximity indicator now detects all patrolling vehicles in free roam.
  • Minor localization/profanity fixes.
  • Driver heat level does not reset to 1 when spotted during cooldown.
  • Improved client stability.

November 16th, 2010

Version 5.00

Added Content

  • New Performance Customization System: Players can now install individual performance parts on their vehicle. Customize your car like never before!
  • Durability & Insurance: Cars now lose durability each race and will need to be repaired. If a car reaches 0% durability, it will lose all benefits from performance parts. Durability loss can be prevented for a set period of time by purchasing Insurance from the Safehouse.
  • Booster Packs are now available for purchase. These packs each contain 5 Reward Cards, granting you additional performance parts, cash, and powerups.
  • Hot Pursuit Cross-Promotion: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit owners will receive a free 3-Day rental of a cop-themed Audi R8 and Exclusive cop vinyls that can be applied to any car in your garage. To qualify, you must use the same EA Account to play Need for Speed World and Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. To receive your rewards, you will need to be logged in to your EA Account and have redeemed your Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Online Pass code.
  • A ‘Royal Purple’ branded Audi R8, Dodge Charger & Subaru Impreza have been added to the game. As a bonus, these vehicles each come with an exclusive performance part pre-installed.
  • Shield powerup has been updated, and can now be used to remove active Traffic Magnets on players.
  • Various interface/UI improvements have been made throughout the game, including an improved Powerup Console, and pre-race screen.

Bug Fixes

  • Made improvements to a player presence bug that was causing players to incorrectly appear online/offline to their friends. This should significantly reduce the frequency that this issue occurs.
  • Over 150 other bugs have been resolved. They will not be posted in these patch notes in an effort to keep these notes short.

Known Issues

  • The descriptive text for the Progression Amplifier % value is displayed incorrectly in German. The correct percentage and duration values for this Amplifier are a 25% increase for 7 Days.
  • The descriptive text of the Cash Amplifier duration and % value is displayed incorrectly in German. The correct percentage and duration values for this Amplifier are a 25% increase for 7 Days.

Special Notes

  • Performance Customization: We have taken great care to ensure that cars that have already been customized do not lose their performance rating upon the deployment of Version 5. Therefore, players who have cars whose performance has already been customized will receive performance parts that have a performance rating equal to or greater than the performance customization package installed on their car before Version 5. These parts will already be installed on the car after Version 5 is deployed.

Patch Size

  • Due to the large amount of content & fixes in this patch, please be aware that this patch will be larger than normal (around 1 GB).

November 10th, 2010

Version 4.17

Release Notes

  • Back end server optimizations

November 2nd, 2010

Version 4.16

Added Content

  • An updated Launcher has been released. Along with a new look, players can now view their SpeedBoost balance and access the web store directly from within the Launcher.

Bug Fixes

  • Renamed the ‘Free Roam’ driver skill category back to ‘Explore’
  • Fixed some missing/incorrect race barriers
  • Improved performance of the Friends List when having a large number of friends
  • Fixed an issue preventing players from joining a Private Match together after entering and exiting a previously created Private Match.
  • Fixed an issue with the ‘Little Italy’ event that was causing players to appear in the incorrect position during the race

October 27th, 2010

Version 4.15.1

Release Notes

  • Post-Race screen now displays 25% Reputation and Cash amplifiers correctly

October 26th, 2010

Version 4.15

Added Content

  • New Worlds: 3 New World Regions have been added to the game, plus the new Palmont Highway
    • Downtown Rockport
    • Kempton
    • Fortuna
  • New Events
    • 25 all-new race events spread throughout the new regions
  • Halloween
    • This spooky update brings All Hallows’ Eve to Need for Speed World. Be on the lookout for ghosts, pumpkins and skeletons lurking throughout the world! Even the ‘rocket girl’ has been given a makeover.

Bug Fixes

  • Post-Race screen now displays item icons correctly
  • Fixed the ‘Joining Races’ tutorial tip so the text displays correctly
  • Improved performance of the News feed when having a large number of friends
  • Fixed a gradient issue with certain Halloween vinyls
  • Multiple art improvements through the in-game world
  • Fixed some missing/incorrect race barriers

October 19th, 2010

Release Notes

  • None

October 13th, 2010

Version 4.13

Release Notes

  • Players will now receive an appropriate message when inviting a player, who is in the Driver Select screen, to a Private Match
  • Fixed an issue with the Audi S5 that would cause it to snag on walls at high speeds
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally prevented the Race Results tutorial popup from being dismissed.
  • Clarified text on the Reward Card screen
  • Removed a leftover Oktoberfest Banner
  • Minor localization fixes

October 5th, 2010

Version 4.12

Release Notes

  • Hitting walls will now have a greater impact to your overall speed. This change should discourage “wallriding” and improve the overall racing experience for all players.
  • Pursuit Breakers will now properly respawn when entering or exiting an event or pursuit.
  • Fixed an issue preventing some vinyls from displaying properly in the Car Dealer.
  • Fixed the ‘abandoned drive-in’ pursuit breaker near Camden & Rosewood that was not functioning as intended.
  • Removed some Tutorial tips that were appearing repeatedly.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing a NETERROR_CONNECT_PEER_ TIMEOUT error message to be displayed for some users.
  • HUD will no longer overlap after changing drivers during the Tutorials.
  • Fixed an issue preventing new drivers from moving after exiting their first race.

September 29th, 2010

Version 4.11.1

Bug Fixes

  • Race Now has been fixed and should now be available to all players
  • The BMW M3 E92 has been fixed and it should now drive correctly
  • The BMW 135i Coupe’s stats and performance have been corrected to better match other Tier 2 cars
  • An issue preventing some power-ups from appearing in the SpeedBoost store has been resolved

September 28th, 2010

Version 4.11

Added Content

  • Race Now: This new feature can be activated by clicking on the Race Now button (the Need for Speed icon) in the center of the menu bar. This allows players to quickly matchmake into any random multiplayer event. Players can de-activate *Race Now by clicking a second time on the Race Now button while the search is active.
  • Tutorials: A new tutorial system has been added at Levels 1 to 3 to help players familiarize themselves with all the features of Need for Speed World.
  • Additional cars have been added in-game:
    • Toyota Supra
    • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
    • Porsche 911 Turbo
    • BMW M3 E92
    • BMW 135i Coupe

Bug Fixes

  • Pursuit Breakers should now properly respawn after completing a pursuit
  • Fixed an issue in the paint shop that occurred when undoing/resetting changes
  • Fixed a race barrier that was pointing in the wrong direction
  • Updated the Launcher to add the Server Status to the login page
  • General UI improvements have been made throughout the game

September 21st, 2010

Version 4.10

Release Notes

  • None

September 14th, 2010

Version 4.09

Release Notes

  • Updates for an upcoming international Community Event
  • Additional load-time improvements have been made for players with large Friends Lists
  • Improved support for 1080p resolution on certain monitors.

September 9th, 2010

Release Notes

  • Need for Speed: World goes Free-to-Play

September 8th, 2010

Release Notes

  • None

September 12th, 2010

Version 4.8

Release Notes

  • Level 10 cap has been removed. All players can now reach Level 50!
  • SpeedBoost is now available for purchase, and use, by all players
  • Stability and load-time improvements have been made throughout the game for players with large Friends Lists
  • Fixed an issues causing the Blocked Driver list to display incorrectly for some players
  • Players should no longer be able to drive around during loading screens

September 1st, 2010

Emergency 4.7 Maintenance

Release Notes

  • None

August 31st, 2010

Version 4.7

Release Notes

  • Fixed an issue causing loss of mouse functionality after exiting Meeting Place.
  • Timer should now display correctly when engaged in a pursuit for over an hour
  • Improved vinyl appearance on various cars after applying Performance packages
  • Made improvements to prevent micro-pauses that certain players were encountering during multiplayer events
  • HUD should no longer shift off-screen after completing an event at certain resolutions
  • Career Statistics screen should now be more accurate when comparing two Drivers
  • General stability improvements

August 25th, 2010

Version 4.6a

Release Notes

  • Urgent Patch

August 24th, 2010

Version 4.6

Release Notes

  • Fixed an issue that prevent players from viewing their own vehicles properly in the Driver Profile gadget.
  • Players should no longer be able to purchase Progression Amplifiers after reaching level 50.
  • Stability improvements have been made to Private Match invites.
  • The number of car slots available for purchase should now be consistent across all levels.
  • Players should no longer be able to initiate a pursuit during loading screens.
  • Fixed an issue causing certain settings/configurations to be reset after exiting the game.
  • Powerups should now display correctly for players with more than 999 of the same powerup- Race Gadget should no longer disappear after a user teleports while queuing for a race.
  • Improvements have been made with how the Nissan Silvia displays certain vinyls.

August 17th, 2010

Version 4.5

Release Notes

  • The arrows that allow the user to change the vehicle displayed in the driver profile gadget are now functional
  • Car will now auto-brake when focus is taken away from driving.
  • Driver Skill values should now be displayed without using decimal places.
  • Race Gadget no longer uses ‘D’ to decline a race invite.
  • The "Starter Pack Activated" blocker will no longer pop up when user uninstalls/reinstalls the game client or deletes his/her usersettings.xml file.
  • The Nissan 370z with the pro performance kit has had its top speed adjusted.
  • A web link to create an account has been added to the Game Launcher.

August 11th, 2010

Release Notes

  • None

August 10th, 2010

Version 4.4

Release Notes

  • Matchmaking no longer fails when a client blocks UDP traffic
  • Using minimum video settings no longer speeds up the game
  • The amount of reputation needed to reach level 2 has been reduced
  • The game will no longer crash when a motto is entered in the driver profile that consists of only spaces
  • An adjustment to the drop rate of power-ups has been made
  • Single player events will now only yield blue reward cards

August 4th, 2010

Version 4.3

Release Notes

  • Fixed a crash that occurred when hitting large amounts of smackable objects in a short period
  • Progression Amplifiers now display the correct duration in their tooltips
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some players from receiving Private Match invitations
  • Players should no longer lose collision detection during poor network conditions
  • Traffic Magnet should now work correctly against players during poor network conditions
  • Fixed an issue causing players to become stuck in post-race screens when leveling up
  • Private Match invites should no longer cause controls to freeze
  • Fixed a crash when entering Paint Shop with Level of Detail set to Minimum
  • Reduced the minimum driving speed required for the busted meter to fill up during a pursuit
  • Fixed additional rarely-occurring crashes throughout the game
  • Made minor adjustments to the Single Player race rewards

July 28th, 2010

Release Notes

  • None

July 27th, 2010

Public Release

July 20th, 2010

Starter Pack Head Start Release

July 13th, 2010 - July 14th, 2010

Server Stress Test

July 2nd, 2010 - July 5th, 2010

Open Beta

June 28nd, 2010 - June 30th, 2010

Closed Beta 6

Added Content

  • New Region: Players can now explore the new Camden region in addition to taking part in the new race events located here.
  • New Races: A variety of new race events, both circuit and sprint, have been made available throughout the world.
  • Driver Level Increase: The max Driver Level has been raised to level 50, with new unlocks and Driver Skills now available.
  • Performance Packages: Players can now customize their vehicle with a variety of Performance Packages that contain performance upgrades, as well as body kits, spoilers etc.
  • New Cars: New cars have been added including the Audi R8 and Chevrolet Corvette C6 Z06
  • New Car Rentals: New rental cars have been made available. These vehicles now come pre-installed with Performance Packages and body kits
  • Private Match: Players can now invite up to 7 of their friends into private multiplayer races
  • Meeting Place: The stadium in Rosewood now functions as a Meeting Place. This is a non-race events that grants access to a photo mode camera for taking photos to show off your own car, or to host your own car show
  • Time of Day: A new Time of Day system has been added. Watch as the world cycles from dawn to dusk as you play
  • Event Improvements: Previously unlocked events will now remain playable regardless of Driver Level. Events closer to a Player's Driver Level will be highlighted, but older events will remain available for racing
  • Help System: An improved help system has been added that displays tips and tutorials throughout the game. In addition, the Game Guide (previously available from the website) has been made accessible from within the game
  • Group Chat: Players can now invite friends to participate in private group chat. To do this, bring-up the context menu by right-clicking on a player name or car and select "Invite to Group"
  • World Map/Mini Map Improvements: Both the World Map and Minimap have been remodeled. In addition, the World Map now displays event activity levels allowing Players to find matches even easier
  • SpeedBoost Catalog Improvements: The SpeedBoost catalog has been expanded with even more items available for purchase
  • Tier Restricted Races: Some events have now been limited to a specific Tier of vehicles

Known Issues

  • Players can continue to spend Boost on Rep Progression Amplifiers after reaching level 50 but this will have no effect
  • Quitting out of a single player race currently counts as a DNF in the Player's statistics
  • Rarely, the Standings screen will report inaccurate/no times, or a "Retrieving Profile" message
  • Blocking a Player does not prevent that Player from being added to your Friends List
  • Occasionally, spamming certain keys while entering/exiting the Safehouse will cause the game to crash
  • The Nissan 350Z will occasionally lose its headlight texture when smashing into an object
  • If a Player attempts to purchase a Powerup with insufficient SpeedBoost from the post-race/pursuit screen, the game will hang
  • There is a known issue preventing some supported controllers from functioning on 32-bit Operation Systems

June 2nd, 2010 - June 13th, 2010

Closed Beta 5

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • The One More Lap power-up is disabled after the first racer crosses the finish line.
  • There is now a loading screen during the transition from pre-race lobby to race start.
  • Adjusted traffic levels to make Traffic Magnet more effective.
  • Server optimizations to reduce the amount of time the player has to wait for results as well as support for increased number of concurrent players.
  • Server optimization to ensure that players can see each other in free roam.
  • Sometimes players won't load into a race if a pursuit is triggered before loading into the pre race lobby.
  • Pursuit result updates were slow and frequently failed.
  • Rarely the Game Launcher does not start for some users.
  • Sometimes players stay in the Lobby after the timer reaches 0:00.
  • Shield was preventing One More Lap from being applied
  • Post Race results showed the previous events racers.
  • Car top speed was calculated in KPH but displayed as MPH.
  • User receives a wrong error message when adding another player who has a full friend's list.

May 14th, 2010 - May 16th, 2010

Closed Beta 4

Added Content

  • SpeedBoost: SpeedBoost has been added to each persona. Items such as power-ups and rental cars can now be purchased using SpeedBoost.
    • Purchasing Flows: New SpeedBoost screens have been added. Click on the SpeedBoost symbol anywhere in the game to open the SpeedBoost purchasing screens.
  • 15 More Driver Skills: Race, Pursuits and Exploration Driver Skills with multiple ranks spread over the new levels.
  • Progression Amplifiers: Progression Amplifiers give an increase to Rep or in-game Tokens.
  • 4 New cars: Nissan 240SX [Tier 1], Nissan Silvia (S15) [Tier 1], Toyota Corolla GTS (AE86) [Tier 1], Volkswagen Scirocco [Tier 1]
  • 2-Way Friend Request System: Players now have the option to accept or decline proposed friend requests (Currently limited to 3 friends).
  • Facebook Connect: Our Need for Speed World website now offers the option to "Facebook Connect". This allows users to link their EA account to their Facebook account allowing log-in our portal with their Facebook log-in info.
  • Import Friends from Facebook: Users who have gone through "Facebook Connect" on our website, will have the option to import their Facebook friends into their in-game friends list. Only friends who have also Facebook connected will be selectable. The user is able to import friends each time they log-in to the website.
  • Friends Rankings: Ranking system has been added to the News gadget to compare yourself to your friends.
  • My Motto: A personal quote can be added under your persona name in the profile gadget.
  • News Gadget: Updates on friends, your recent accomplishments, system updates.
  • More Vinyls: More vinyl layers have been added for more car visual customization possibilities.
  • Paint Specific Regions: The user can now paint individual sections of the vehicle including, hood, doors, rear/front bumpers, spoilers and rims.
  • Player profile in Safehouse: Player Profile with Driver Skills, friend compare and profile statistics has been added to the Safehouse.
  • Progression: More levels for extended playability.
  • Pursuit Milestones: Add rep rewards during pursuits for breaking rules of the road.
  • Recent Players List: Drivers met in previous events will appear in a window within your social gadget.
  • Rental Cars: Tuned cars can be purchased for a predetermined amount of time with SpeedBoost.
  • Stats Tracking: View your career stats, your friend's or compare your own with your friends

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Improved disconnection error messages: User is informed of disconnects through the chat window.
  • Improved Race & Traffic AI: Traffic is no longer out of control. Race AI is no longer crashing into walls and barriers.
  • Improved Sense of Speed: Improved FPS, speed lines and motion blur for a greater sense of speed.

April 29th, 2010 - May 2nd, 2010

Client Test

April 7th, 2010 - April 14th, 2010

Closed Beta 3

Known Bugs

  • Friends & News Gadget may impact client performance, and connectivity.
  • Player connections sometimes timeout after readying, or running down the Lobby clock to 0:00.
  • Players occasionally are not able to proceed into the Lobby, and will indefinitely search for Opponents.
  • Rarely Friends/Friend Requests couldn't be removed or accepted
  • Saving Vinyl changes rarely fail, or will cause a disconnection (With changes lost).
  • Sometimes there is a long delay loading into a Multiplayer race where the player is able to drive around in free roam.
  • Vinyls & Paints do not always show up in Freeroam when many cars meet up in Freeroam

March 19th, 2010 - March 22nd, 2010

Closed Beta 2

Added Content

  • Server will now give detailed error messages
    • For example, if you enter your password incorrectly it will tell you that rather than showing the a “-747” error
  • Game will now produce debug data when crashing that can be sent to dev team when you report bugs
  • The crash dump will be a binary file named “NFSCrashDump_CL0_YYYY.MM.DD_HH.MM.SS.dmp” and can be found in the following directory ? \Electronic Arts\NFS World\data\
  • If possible, please provide the cramp dump files when submitting a bug through World.NeedforSpeed.com
  • Number of vinyls per car increased to 50
  • Prices of vinyls and paint set to 0 (or 1 if not possible)
  • Essentially, vinyls will be free to put on the car

Bug Fixes/Changes

  • Matchmaking stability improved
  • Matchmaking timeout increased to 30 seconds
  • End of race reward re-balances
  • Number of events (races) changed to 15
  • Half of events are available from levels 1-5 the rest from levels 6-10
  • Fixed issue with entitling players ("Disconnected from the server. Game will be shut down." bug)
  • Fixed a rare issue where a user could be alone in a multiplayer race
  • Fixed the region names in the login application
  • Improved Teleport to a friend
  • Fixed the time out issue while in car customization. There should be no need to save intermediate results in customization

March 5th, 2010 - March 8th, 2010

Closed Beta 1

October 14th, 2009 - October 21st, 2009

Open Beta constrained to only Taiwan residents

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