EA’s MMO-racer, Need for Speed World, launches beta

There are becoming fewer and fewer genres left to ‘MMO-ify’ — EA have staked their claim to the MMO racer hybrid with Need for Speed World, to which the beta has just opened its doors.

Abandoning the racing-sim style exhibited by Shift, Need for Speed World rolls with a street racing vibe similar to Most Wanted or Carbon. Selected players will be able to engage in police pursuits, co-op races and online battles across an open world spanning 150 miles. The game will also feature “an all-new power up system and deep RPG style progression,” according to John Doyle, senior producer on World.

If this massively multiplayer racing combo has piqued your interests; see the video above for a taster and then march on down to the official Need for Speed site to enlist.