Burnout Paradise screenshot
Burnout Paradise screenshot

EA Games Label president Frank Gibeau has confirmed that Burnout developer Criterion is the studio behind the next instalment in the Need for Speed franchise.

Speaking during an overnight conference call, Gibeau said: "Next year's Need for Speed has been under development now for some time at our award-winning Criterion Studio."

Gibeau is reported to have confirmed the game for release in 2010, presumably in the autumn.

This year's Need for Speed Shift saw the franchise take a dramatic turn towards a simulation experience, so it's safe to assume Criterion's effort will be anything but.

Via Joystiq

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dazzadavie's Avatar


They always said they wanted to break it down to set styles. Shift = Sim lovers, Nitro = Arcade lovers and this one to keep it along the original lines before black box *****ed things over.
Posted 19:14 on 10 November 2009
Woffls's Avatar


It's strange that they would mess the franchise up in this way, and then revert it back to normal. Either that or both titles will be developed simultaneously so that they have a more traditional arcade style NFS, and a simulation akin to Shift.

Split/Second and Blur will be awesome enough next year, do we need a third? mmmm no.
Posted 10:44 on 10 November 2009
thpcplayer's Avatar


wow.. nfs meets burnout amzing cant wait
criterion are the best arcade racing devs in the world . i loved burnout paradise and burnout revenge and they're my fav racing games
Posted 10:19 on 10 November 2009

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