Criterion takes the wheel on the Need For Speed franchise

Hot Pursuit earns the Burnout dev control of EA's main racing franchise

After many years in the wilderness, spinning from one mediocre release to another the Need For Speed franchise has finally been given a worthy home.

After the immense success of their effort Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Burnout developer Criterion has been handed control of the Need For Speed franchise.

Vice president at Criterion Alex Ward revealed, "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."

"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."

Their next entry in the series, a re-imagining of Need For Speed: Most Wanted is due out on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC this coming October.

Thanks Game Informer.

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