And not just the upcoming NFS Most Wanted.
Criterion has announced that the firm will helm the Need for Speed franchise going forward.
That's right, according to Criterion vice president Alex Ward, from now the studio will be in charge of the entire franchise and not just their upcoming Most Wanted 'reboot'.
So nope, it's not going to be spread across different companies anymore:
But, what about Burnout?"Going forward now, with Most Wanted and what we'll do in the future [will have], shall we say, a strong Criterion involvement," he explained. "I'm personally involved in how the cars drive, how the game will play out, how connected they are, and what the features are."
The studio would not clarify if Criterion will directly develop every Need for Speed title, as Ward intimated, or simply oversee the series, when we asked them after our interview.
Ward was, however, clear that Criterion will have control over which Need for Speed titles will come out in the future. As of now the franchise covers different areas with its Shift, Most Wanted, Underground, and Hot Pursuit imprints, and although there's no definite road map for what kind of future Need for Speed games Criterion and EA will release, Ward expressed interest in one all-encompassing NFS title. "I think it would be amazing in the future if there was one big game that had all of these in it. That would be amazing."
Need for Speed: Most Wanted is launching in the US on October 30 and November 2 in Europe for PC, PS3, Vita, and Xbox 360.As for the Burnout franchise, Criterion definitely has not forgotten the series and its many fans. The studio put out the downloadable Burnout Crash! last year, but Ward was mum on the future of Burnout other than to say that the developer "[thinks] about it all the time.
"I think something big will have to happen soon to enable us to do some of the things we want to do."
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NEWS SOURCE: Criterion to oversee entire Need for Speed franchise going forward (via) VG247
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