EA has confirmed that Criterion, developer of the acclaimed Burnout franchise, has been put to work on a new game in the Need for Speed franchise.

"We don't have a plan right now for a separate major launch on Burnout, because the team doing it is working on a revolutionary take on Need for Speed," EA CEO John Riccitiello told Kotaku at E3 last week.

That's great news for Need for Speed fans, although slightly disappointing that EA doesn't currently have any plans for a new Burnout game.

Given that NFS Shift will be out later this year, an autumn 2010 release for Criterion's title seems possible.