Criterion Now Driving the 'Need For Speed' Franchise

Criterion's Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit was a success, not simply because it was a good racing game, but because with one game, the developer behind the Burnout series redeemed what had become kind of lackluster in Need For Speed.

EA seemed to think so too, particularly in light of the vast gulf in quality (and commercial response) to Hot Pursuit and last year's not-so-great The Run (developed by EA's Black Box studio). Instead of their previous practice of alternating development chores between studios, EA has placed the franchise solely in Criterion's very capable hands.

Right now, Criterion's working on getting Most Wanted out the door, but according to the studio's Vice President Alex Ward, there could be a future where all of the Need For Speed games are interconnected or combined into one big game. Perhaps Ward is talking about something similar to how they handled Burnout Paradise, kind of as a play space for new modes and race types. I could see myself getting into another game in that vein with separate Hot Pursuit, race, and crash modes.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted will be coming to the Vita, PS3, PC, and Xbox 360 on October 30th.

[Source: The Verge via Giantbomb]

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