Hey, how'd this sneak by?
EA announced a new Need for Speed: Most Wanted at E3 and while most racing fans were excited, they didn't realize something vital.
They did know that Burnout developer Criterion Games was working on the title and that makes sense, as Criterion also delivered Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit in 2010. But remember Burnout Paradise ? The excellent open-world racer that was extremely well supported via downloadable content? The one that was totally bad-ass and very different from NFS installments due to its freedom?
Well, according to a new Joystiq preview , the Most Wanted revisiting is open-world as well…or "Burnout Paradise 2." Here's part of the preview:
"But just a few seconds with this game reveals a deeper truth: This is really a secret message from Criterion to its fans, funneled through EA's branding channels. Need for Speed: Most Wanted is an open-world racer in a beautiful city. It's full of various events, environmental features to find, and a social backend that's full of information and ways to connect and compete with fellow players.
In other words, it's Burnout Paradise 2."
Okay, now we're even more enthusiastic. We've been wondering when Criterion might do something like this and besides, we've been missing Burnout . Burnout Crash was fun and all, but it wasn't exactly the big-budget, over-the-top production for which the franchise is so well known.
Related Game(s): Need For Speed: Most Wanted