Oh come on. Who didn't picture Shang Tsung saying this to Liu Kang in the first "Mortal Kombat" movie during the final confrontation? You all did.

Anyway, various development studios have taken a crack at EA's vaunted Need for Speed series over the years. Burnout designers Criterion delivered 2010's Hot Pursuit and are currently working on a new Most Wanted , but Black Box stepped up in between to give us The Run . Well, no more trading off. NFS is Criterion's baby now.

As reported by Game Informer , Criterion vice president Alex Ward revealed that from here on out, his team will be charge of making new Need for Speed experiences. He says it's "entirely a Criterion gig now," although this doesn't necessarily mean the team won't ever utilize outside help. Said Ward:

"Going forward now, with Most Wanted and what we'll do in the future [will have], shall we say, a strong Criterion involvement. I'm personally involved in how the cars drive, how the game will play out, how connected they are, and what the features are."

He also added that it would be "amazing" if a big title in the future encompassed several previous NFS titles ( SHIFT , Most Wanted , Underground , Hot Pursuit ); having all such elements in one racing game should be pretty freakin' epic. And if there's one studio that can pull it off…yeah, we'll side with Criterion.

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WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

Wasn't it "Your soul is mine!"?

frylock25
frylock25
8 years ago

yes, yes it was.

playSTATION
playSTATION
8 years ago

need a new burnout game.

bebestorm
bebestorm
8 years ago

I love Criterion but what about Burnout

faraga
faraga
8 years ago

Just make more Burnout! I'm not interested in NFS any more since it hasn't been as good as it used to be the last few years.

Nas Is Like
Nas Is Like
8 years ago

With Criterion in control, Need for Speed might as well be renamed to Burnout. This is a damn disappointment to me. I want Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2 (a direct sequel), a game that may as well be called Burnout: Paradise 2…

John Shoemaker
John Shoemaker
8 years ago

I want a new Burnout but it seems with Most Wanted is what we are getting as a Sequel to Paradise.
I want new Burnout, not NFS. I think NFS has had it's run.

Simcoe
Simcoe
8 years ago

While it is looking like NFS:MW will be a sequel to Burnout Paradise, I too would have welcomed NFS to just die and for Burnout to take it's rightful place as THE driving series for arcade style play.

___________
___________
8 years ago

biggest waste of talent and injustice since $ony locked team soho to crappy kids games!
sigh.
criterion should be working on a sequel to burnout paradise, not this crap!
NFS is dead and has been for a long time!
stop raping a dead body!!!!!!!

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

I'll just wait what they have in store in the future.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 6/25/2012 8:54:45 AM

wiiplay
wiiplay
8 years ago

When you've driven a car down a road filled with other cars, you've experienced the core aspect of every racing game in the world. Sure, there's simulations and arcade hits, but when it comes down to the core mechanics of the game, you're still just driving an expensive virtual car down a virtual road that somehow forms an unrealistic loop.

Ah, who am I kidding? Racing games rock! Gran Turismo, and even the classic Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit for the PS2 back in the day.
I've never quite been a car fanatic, but the original Gran Turismo for the PS1 got me hooked. I would also spend countless hours at the arcade playing Crazy Taxi and Daytona USA.

Burnout Revenge was one of my all-time favorite racers, and I've always enjoyed the Burnout games over the newer Need For Speed games. So, with the Burnout developers making the new Need For Speed games, well, it'll be the best of both worlds for me.

Can't wait to see what they have in store.

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
8 years ago

Well I guess we can say goodbye to the Burnout franchise now….

It will be nice if Criterion can return NFS to the gaming experience it was back in it's glory days, but at the same time, I think I would still rather have another Burnout.