EA has begun testing, within closed beta, a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) version of its racing game series, Need for Speed.

Called Need for Speed World, the new game, due out on the PC in the summer, hopes to emulate popular online games like World of Warcraft, but instead of battling orcs and elves while you search for treasure, gamers will be able to race friends, family or other players around 150 miles of road and track.

EA says the game will bring "together the best in class action racing with an unparalleled social experience".

"For the first time in a racing game, players will be able to compete against any one of their friends, family or pick from thousands of top ranked players to challenge in intense online battles and police pursuits across 150 miles of sprawling open world".

Those wanting to try and get in on the action should visit http://www.needforspeed.com