Criterion Designing Next Need For Speed Installment
We've seen excellent installments in both the Burnout and Need for Speed franchises this generation and it seems EA wants to mix it up a little.
Criterion, the developer best known for their awesome Burnout titles, will be taking a crack at EA's long-running Need for Speed series next year. According to MCVUK, the next NFS won't be a sequel to either SHIFT or Nitro but will instead be a brand new title designed by Criterion. EA Games president Frank Gibeau admitted that they had "failed to put adequate resources behind the franchise and, as a result, quality suffered." But he further confirms that this new mystery NFS "has been under development for some time at our award-winning Criterion Studio." So now we're all intrigued... However, SHIFT fans who appreciated the "shift" to a more simulated driving experience shouldn't be disappointed; it seems quite likely that a direct sequel to that game will be in the works. After all, it was the first NFS in a long time to receive such a warm critical reception and total sales numbers should be satisfactory.
But we're definitely interested in this new NFS by Criterion; we get the feeling it might feel a little like Burnout Paradise, which certainly isn't a bad thing.
11/10/2009 12:26:11 PM Ben Dutka