Criterion vice president Alex Ward revealed at E3 that his company will be in charge of the entire Need for Speed franchise from now on, reports Game Informer. The developer is already leading the helm for Need for Speed Most Wanted, scheduled to release the week of October 30, and showed off some exciting Most Wanted gameplay, albeit reminiscent of Burnout.
Ward tells Game Informer, “Our stamp’s going to be in everything you see in Need for Speed and Burnout going forward in the future. 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.”
Every Need for Speed title in the future will have “a strong Criterion involvement,” he explained. “I’m personally involved in how the cars drive, how the game will play out, how connected they are, and what the features are.”
Criterion declined to clarify if the studio will directly develop every Need for Speed title or simply oversee the series, though.
Ward expressed interest in creating an all-in-one Need for Speed title, encompassing Hot Pursuit, Shift, Most Wanted, and Underground. ”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.”
When asked about the future of the Burnout series, Ward stated, ”I think something big will have to happen soon to enable us to do some of the things we want to do.”
[ Source: Game Informer ]