We've seen excellent installments in both the Burnout and Need for Speed franchises this generation and it seems EA wants to mix it up a little.
Criterion, the developer best known for their awesome Burnout titles, will be taking a crack at EA's long-running Need for Speed series next year. According to MCVUK , the next NFS won't be a sequel to either SHIFT or Nitro but will instead be a brand new title designed by Criterion. EA Games president Frank Gibeau admitted that they had "failed to put adequate resources behind the franchise and, as a result, quality suffered." But he further confirms that this new mystery NFS "has been under development for some time at our award-winning Criterion Studio." So now we're all intrigued… However, SHIFT fans who appreciated the "shift" to a more simulated driving experience shouldn't be disappointed; it seems quite likely that a direct sequel to that game will be in the works. After all, it was the first NFS in a long time to receive such a warm critical reception and total sales numbers should be satisfactory.
But we're definitely interested in this new NFS by Criterion; we get the feeling it might feel a little like Burnout Paradise , which certainly isn't a bad thing.