Criterion-developed Need for Speed set to launch “next year”

Tuesday, 10th November 2009 03:45 GMT By Nathan Grayson


During today’s Q2 EA conference call, EA Games label president Frank Gibeau confirmed the existence of a Need for Speed title developed by Burnout creator Criterion Games.

“In recent years, we failed to put adequate resources behind the franchise and, as a result, quality suffered,” he admitted.

Giving the series a good tune-up, as it turns out, is as simple as 1, 2, Here’s hoping that the new game’s a lot like Burnout 3!

“Next year’s Need for Speed has been under development now for some time at our award-winning Criterion Studio,” Gibeau said.

Here’s hoping it crashes and burns. In a good way.

Thanks, Joystiq.



  1. Plainview

    It’s in good hands

    #1 5 years ago
  2. chickenbutt

    This might be a Need for Speed game I’ll be getting.

    #2 5 years ago
  3. Jadeskye

    i’ll consider my NDA over then!

    Yes this has been on the cards for some time, criterion was shifting people around with the need for speed guys for a while, up to around a year ago.

    A number of artists got moved around including a lot of the guys that worked on burnout’s car textures and models.

    From what i’ve heard from the inside, this game is looking pretty sweet.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. Anders

    Didn’t Riccitiello confirm this game back in June?

    It’ll sure be interesting, though. Loved (loves) Burnout Paradise.

    #4 5 years ago
  5. Nelius

    This is the first NFS i’m seriously interested in since NFS:SE!

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Freek

    Sounds good, but it still means NFS remains in a deep identity crisis.
    On the one hand it wants to be a sim with NFS:Shift and on the other hand it wants to be an arcady Burnout style game.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. Robo_1

    Need For Speed + Criterion = WIN

    #7 5 years ago
  8. Blerk

    So…. what about Burnout, then?

    #8 5 years ago
  9. Captain Fruitloop

    More bad news for Blur, which was conceived as Acti’s NFS-beater at a time when the NFS franchise was starting to look really worn out.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Freek

    SplitSecond looks to be kicking everybodys ass anyway, next year.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. Harry

    I hope this means a return to oldschool NFS. I want supercars and sunlit coastal roads. And blue skies.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. Cort

    Yup, Criterion are awesome. I Platinumed Shift but the physics drove me mad and I traded it in immediately after – and without a moment’s hesitation. Criterion will produce a game with just the right vehicle handling model for this sort of thing.

    #12 5 years ago
  13. DrDamn

    I don’t thinks so. Shift filled the gap left by Project Gotham quite nicely. As a series it can goes forward in a couple of ways. EA are sensibly not trying to put everything in one place.

    Hopefully the Criterion effort is not an open world thing like Paradise so it can actually do stuff like split screen. I’m not holding my breath though.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. LewieP

    Any news on the Black sequel?

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Jadeskye

    LewieP, no mate, theres no work being done on this as of the last time i checked which was around august.

    #15 5 years ago

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