Veteran racer Need for Speed has seen many developers over the years, since the first title back in 1994 by EA Canada, to the upcoming title by Criterion Games, no studio has made the franchise their own. Well things are about to change, with Criterion Games stepping up and taking full control of the Need for Speed franchise going forward. Not only will they take control of that series, they will also head up anything released for other successful racing franchise ‘Burnout’.
Criterion Vice President Alex Ward told GameInformer recently that, “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, with Most Wanted and what we’ll do in the future [will have], shall we say, a strong Criterion involvement.”
Ward went on to talk about how much involvement the studio will have with the series in the future, saying, “I’m personally involved in how the cars drive, how the game will play out, how connected they are, and what the features are.” Maybe the decision to give Criterion the reins is in the best interests of the series, with developer EA Black Box releasing Need for Speed The Run back in 2011, the game was a commercial flop compared to Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit which was developed by Criterion and was met with rave reviews.
It’s not clear if Criterion themselves will develop every Need for Speed and Burnout title going forward, they might just give a hand in the creative department when needed. Ward did state he would like to see a Need For Speed title released in the future that includes all aspects from the NFS series, “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”.
Could you imagine that! A racer MMO of sorts, maybe the franchise has come to that point, reaching nearly 20 years in the gaming industry it would be a nice thank you to fans and Criterion would be the perfect to helm such a project. Do like the work Criterion is doing with the NFS series? Let us know what you think in the comment section