Need For Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

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Criterion has revealed that it has taken control of the Need for Speed franchise, with studio vice president Alex Ward revealing the studio's future involvement to Game Informer.

"Our stamp's going to be in everything you see in Need for Speed and Burnout going forward in the future," said Ward. "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," he added. "I'm personally involved in how the cars drive, how the game will play out, how connected they are, and what the features are."

Ward's statement doesn't sound like Criterion will be developing every game in the series, but instead having some involvement. It's not clear what the future holds for the Shift series, but Ward would like to see a single title that includes all the NFS titles.

"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."

How Criterion is going to be able to handle this amount of work remains to be seen, with Ward adding that "something big will have to happen soon to enable us to do some of the things we want to do".

Could that "something big" be EA Gothenburg? Ward has confirmed that he is working on a secret project with the new EA studio. Analysis

What do you think EA Gothenburg is working on? Is it a new Burnout or the NFS universe game Ward alluded to?

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VG_Dave's Avatar


I have a feeling Gothenburg will become the new Black Box, with NFS titles rotating between the two every other year and leaving Black Box to do what it does best. Ie. Skate 4.
Posted 11:14 on 25 June 2012
Batmamerc's Avatar


They could integrate all the NFS Titles and a similar plot from DRIVE and have you starting as a street racer (Underground) and becoming a pro racing driver (Shift) that gets involved in some dodgy stuff and ends up been in car chases (most wanted) and racing to the border (hot pursuit). They could have a streamlined story instead of just free roam driving around for races that's been done too much nowadays and a more story based racer Is needed.
Posted 11:03 on 25 June 2012
dazzadavie's Avatar


It is great news, and the fourth change for the NFS franchise(think thats right), really racking it up!

Maybe EA Gothenburg is a new Criterion studio that will focus on Burnout?
Posted 10:08 on 25 June 2012
munkee's Avatar


Brilliant news. They're great developers and I'm pretty confident that they will be great consultants of the franchise, too.

I'm not so sure that I would like to see all forms of racing under one disc release. I think I would prefer the arcade/street, serious/track* titles to remain independent of each other. But once again, I have faith in Criterion.

'Need For Speed: Burnout' incoming? :P

*Or, just ditch the Shift franchise?
Posted 09:53 on 25 June 2012

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Release Date: 02/11/2012
Developer: Criterion
Publisher: EA
Genre: Racing
Rating: PEGI 7+
Site Rank: 189 13
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