Criterion To Need For Speed Franchise: "You're Mine!"
Oh come on. Who didn't picture Shang Tsung saying this to Liu Kang in the first "Mortal Kombat" movie during the final confrontation? You all did.
Anyway, various development studios have taken a crack at EA's vaunted Need for Speed series over the years. Burnout designers Criterion delivered 2010's Hot Pursuit and are currently working on a new Most Wanted, but Black Box stepped up in between to give us The Run. Well, no more trading off. NFS is Criterion's baby now.
As reported by Game Informer, Criterion vice president Alex Ward revealed that from here on out, his team will be charge of making new Need for Speed experiences. He says it's "entirely a Criterion gig now," although this doesn't necessarily mean the team won't ever utilize outside help. Said Ward:
"Going forward now, with Most Wanted and what we'll do in the future [will have], shall we say, a strong Criterion involvement. I'm personally involved in how the cars drive, how the game will play out, how connected they are, and what the features are."
He also added that it would be "amazing" if a big title in the future encompassed several previous NFS titles (SHIFT, Most Wanted, Underground, Hot Pursuit); having all such elements in one racing game should be pretty freakin' epic. And if there's one studio that can pull it off...yeah, we'll side with Criterion.
6/24/2012 8:50:38 PM John Shepard