Quick, to the speculation station! Our pals across the pond at Pocket Gamer spotted something curious while surfing the Chinese App Store: A new-ish version of Need For Speed Most Wanted [$4.99] titled "Need For Speed Most Wanted OL" has launched (and is currently their #1 free app) which not only has all sorts of free to play trimmings but also sports the same time shifted multiplayer found in Real Racing 3 [Free].

The game's web site [Translated] mentions a career mode, daily challenges, and more. What has us scratching our heads is that Real Racing 3 doesn't appear to be on the Chinese app store, making us wonder if this is just their version of that game? If that's the case, why is it so different instead of just a quick and easy re-skin/re-branding? Hmmmm...

We're reaching out to EA to see what (if anything) we can find out. Stay tuned.

Chinese App Store Link: Need For Speed Most Wanted OL, Free

[via Pocket Gamer]

  • http://twitter.com/mguniverse Danny Perski

    Most Wanted is a very solid mobile game, kind of unfortunate that EA is going down this path.

  • Jazzpha

    I'm going to assume this means I should download MW back onto my iPhone, just in case they pull the original from the store completely once OL comes stateside, if it does?

    • PureRumble

      I THINK u always have access to purchased apps, even if they are pulled from app store

      • PureRumble

        It is content purchased by iaps that u loose if u remove app and the dev pulls the iap

      • http://www.facebook.com/sam.crown.75 Sam Crown

        Pretty sure I've got no access to apps that I purchased that have since been pulled. (Apart from my own personal back-up copy)

      • schoolhouse spirits

        Can't you access previously purchased apps that have been pulled by going to the App Store, updates, then click on purchases?

      • Greyskull

        Some, not all.

    • ImJPaul

      The real question is why would you NOT have NFS:MW on your phone at all times?! Easily the best racer on iOS IMO.

      • themostunclean

        Real Racing 3 can suck NFSMWs tailpipe! :)

  • GiHubb

    What ruins RR3 for me is actually not the freemium model which is easy to get over once you buy a second and third car, but the Time Shifted Multiplayer - what it causes is that the AI has to finish at a set time therefore it must travel at a precise line, can't overtake and can't make any mistakes. That's why you never see the AI ever deviate from its course and traffic is always like a solid train. I'm surprised most missed this huge offender. But I guess most concentrated too much on the freemium model instead of the gameplay itself. I usually prefer my AI erratic and not driving like a bored drone. In a game like Most Wanted this is probably even a bigger downfall as that game is all about going nuts and not driving technically. We'll see.

    • themostunclean

      It seems like everyone with a positive opinion has tunnel vision and only see the graphics while negative opinions only see the freemium model. I'm not surprised, RR2 wasn't impressive except for it was on your phone, that just doesn't cut it anymore.

    • hellscaretaker

      I comment a long ago about this time shift when it first came to light, I said and turned out I was right all along that AI will never be better then a human player the AI is only as good as its program

    • Kafu

      In fact I've leaved RR3 and returned to RR2 multiplayer. Another planet of fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bhavukjain1 Bhavuk Jain

    Is the app published by EA?

    • Platyrrhine

      Yup.

  • BJorn_LuLszic

    Why do chinese always have the good stuff?