Criterion/EA's Past Includes Need For Speed: Split Second
Split/Second was damn good. We expect the same goodness from Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.
But what's the connection? Well, in name at least, it's an interesting factoid: speaking in this month's issue of GamesTM (as cited by GamerZines), Criterion Games designer Craig Sullivan said the team approached EA eight years ago to develop a "stunt racing game" called "Need for Speed: Split Second." So what happened? Well, EA was none too happy about the developers walking away from a sequel to the C64 classic Skate or Die, which had been a secret project at the time. Said Criterion's Alex Ward:
"We called a meeting with the EA guys, told them we were walking away and they went mad, threatening to sue us, put us out of business... there was a lot of anger and frustration. Then we got a call from the Need For Speed guys and they said 'we can't work with you guys any more; you just walked away and there's a shame on your company, so we can't talk to you'.
I remember coming back to my desk and there was a folder on my desktop called EA and I just clicked delete. We learned a lot about how a game should be made."
Did anybody laugh out loud at that last bit? It all worked out, of course, as Criterion was given the opportunity to produce a Burnout title, and everything snowballed from there. We're willing to bet they're good buddies with EA after the success of the Burnout franchise and now, EA is publishing their new title, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Speaking of the latter, you'll be able to "race or chase" on November 19; the new NFS will be available on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii and PC.
Always interesting to learn more about some history, though, right?
Related Game(s): Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
8/28/2010 9:18:39 AM Ben Dutka