Criterion to oversee Need for Speed franchise going forward

Saturday, 23rd June 2012 14:15 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Criterion vice president Alex Ward has said the firm will helm the Need for Speed franchise going forward.

Speaking with Game Informer at E3, Ward said: “Our stamp’s going to be in everything you see in Need for Speed and Burnout going forward in the future. It’s not going to be spread anymore across different companies. Different studios have had a crack at it – it’s definitely a Criterion gig now.

“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.”

Whether the firm will actually be developing each title itself or just overseeing various franchises, Ward was clear about on thing: Criterion decide which Need for Speed titles will be released.

The franchise encompasses Hot Pursuit, Most Wanted, Shift, and Underground and Ward thinks it would be “amazing in the future if there was one big game that had all of these in it.” As for Burnout, Ward said the team, “[thinks] about it all the time,” but that “something big will have to happen soon to enable us to do some of the things we want to do.”

Need for Speed: Most Wanted is out in the US on October 30 and November 2 in Europe for PC, PS3, Vita, and Xbox 360.



  1. The_Red

    After NFS: The Run, I can’t disagree with him but GODDAMIT, I don’t care about NFS. Give us a new Burnout!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Fin


    Hot Pursuit was basically Burnout with cops. Most Wanted looks like Paradise with cops.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DaveDogg

    @1 everything i’ve seen so far about most wanted and yes thats only the online side of things screams burnout

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Hunam

    I just want BP2 :(

    #4 3 years ago
  5. AHA-Lambda

    will there still be one a year though?

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Lewis247

    Underground 3 please! The only recent title I’ve enjoyed and cherished from need for speed was underground 2.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. roadkill

    Fin is right. We’ve been and will be playing Burnout games. It’s just that those Burnout games will be called Need for Speed from now on. :)

    #7 3 years ago
  8. osric90

    If they find out how to make the XXI century version of NFSIII: Hot Pursuit… ha. They try and fail everytime.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. TD_Monstrous69

    Hearing that Criterion is now in charge of the Need For Speed franchise going forward is nothing but encouraging. Though I’m with most people here, and would also like Criterion to make another Burnout game, but after seeing Most Wanted at E3, I was rather impressed by it. It looks like a hell of a lot of fun to play, and I can’t wait to pick it up come October (or early November, seeing as how this comes out the same day as Assassin’s Creed III).

    #9 3 years ago

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