This year's Need For Speed will not charge for any additional content according to developer Ghost Games, who have stated emphatically their desire to give away future expansions for free. The game, out now, is a reboot of the EA racing series.
Creative director Craig Sullivan told Vice: "Honestly, hand on heart, there are absolutely no plans to charge for content in this game. We're going to give you everything for free. I've seen the plans for what's going to happen over the next few weeks and months – there's nothing in there."
This all sounds too good to be true, especially considering the game is published by EA who has a reputation for pushing paid post-launch expansions and downloadable content (DLC), but Sullivan's statement is as definitive as they come. Plans do change however.
"You can never say never, as if we ended up doing DLC for this game for 10 years, I can't know what's happening in 10 years' time," he said. For now however, Ghost Games looks set to offer fans free updates.
"The plan is that there are no transactions in this game. All of the content that we're going to give you – a pretty substantial amount in the future, starting pretty soon – is going to be free. That's what players deserve."
There's certainly a logic to the decision. The Need For Speed series has been on the decline creatively, critically and commercially for a while, making this reboot – which assimilates features from previous games – an important one for the future of the series. EA will be looking to build an audience however it can.
Need For Speed is out now for PS4 and Xbox One.
*The headline is a Ghostbusters reference by the way, if you were wondering.