Electronic Arts has announced the release date for its free to download massively multiplayer online action racing game, Need for Speed World. The game will be available worldwide on July the 20th as a free download and will let players get a taste of the action and progress up to level 10.

Anyone who pre-orders the game will have a one-week headstart on July 13th, with increased Rep (XP) gain for the week and guaranteed access to all upcoming Need for Speed World beta events. Finally, players will also be able to reserve their driver names in advance of the game going live and have VIP status permanently displayed in their driver profile.

Pre-order details can be found here.