EA is trying to reinvent the Need for Speed series, and one of their efforts in this process is Need for Speed: Shift. One way they are doing this is by introducing drifting to the series, which you can see explained in the trailer we have included for you. This should make Shift a more realistic driving experience, and allow you to do some pretty fancy things behind the virtual wheel. Once again, I’m impressed by EA’s recent willingness to listen to feedback and overhaul their established franchises.

World Champion drifter (and gamer!) Vaughn Gittin Jr. worked on this title alongside Slightly Mad Studios to make sure that drifting felt just right; the physics of the whole thing look like they are realistic, but Vaughn was there to also make sure the controls felt as close to realistic as is possible on a controller. Don’t be intimidated by the realism though, as there are amateur settings meant to help you become accustomed to the new system, as well as pro settings for those who want to challenge themselves.

We also wanted to let you know that for fans of the series, the Facebook and Twitter pages are now live, which means you can get your slow IV drip of Need for Speed: Shift updates hooked up. There have been a movement as of late to relay new information and media through these official social networking sites before anyone else gets to it, which is reason enough to bookmark them or follow them if you’re into a certain game. If that’s not enough for you, we’ve also got a ton of screens for you that you can peruse at your leisure.

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Marc Normandin was gaming editor of Blast from 2008 to mid-2010. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected], or follow him on Twitter @Marc_Normandin

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