Having officially unveiled of the 2015 Mustang, Ford has automotive enthusiasts the world over craving to get behind the wheel of the all-new pony. And while that won’t be possible for at least a few more months until the next-gen Stang hits the streets, fans can virtually drive the next-gen Mustang today in the recently-released Need For Speed Rivals.
Making the Mustang available in the game helps Ford bring “the joy that comes from driving a Mustang to even more people”, according to Andrea Zuehlk, Ford digital marketing manager. With over 9 million units sold since the introduction of the original Mustang 50 years ago, Ford’s pony car has had quite the impact on pop culture, including gaming, having been featured as a playable car in various Need for Speed games since 2005 while making thousands of appearances in film, television and music. And with over 5.6 million fans, it’s also the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook.
Ford collaborated with EA, the creators of the Need For Speed franchise, providing them with data about the new Mustang several months before its unveiling, according to Mark Bentley, Ford product licensing manager. Game developers were able to accurately and realistically portray the new Stang thanks to computer design models provided by Ford.
NFS Rivals players should see the 2015 Mustang become automatically available in the garage of cars available to drive. Having selected the new pony, they will be able to choose from five custom designs, four of which were selected thanks to being the highest-voted examples in Ford’s award-winning Mustang customization tool online as well as on mobile and tablet devices. A special bonus design created by RTR founder and Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. is also available. In addition to the new 2015 Mustang, players can drive the Mustang “hero car” from the upcoming Need for Speed movie as well as the range-topping Mustang Shelby GT500 that’s available as a police chase vehicle.
Need For Speed Rivals launched to global critical acclaim, receiving the Gold Award with a 9/10 score from Game Informer Magazine, which calls the game “an exceptional experience”, while earning an 8.5/10 from AusGamers and a 9/10 from Eurogamer.net, which called NFS Rivals “a racer that any of its competitors would do well to match in the new generation.” Given such positive feedback along with broad interest and availability (PlayStation 3 and 4, Xbox One and 360, and the PC), it’s very likely that many automotive and racing enthusiasts will get to virtually experience the various Mustangs available in the game. And that can only be good for The Blue Oval.
And now for some in-game footage of the 2015 Mustang: