by David Sanchez on June 23, 2012 @ 2:52 pm
Fans of the Need for Speed series got pretty stoked when EA announced Need for Speed: Most Wanted at this year’s E3. To further add to that excitement, it was revealed that Criterion Games was in charge of the upcoming title’s development. In a recent statement to GameInformer, Criterion Vice President Alex Ward announced that the studio would be overseeing development of every Need for Speed game moving forward.
While the VP didn’t iterate if Criterion itself would develop every new title in the series, the fact that the studio will have a major say in the franchise is certainly huge news. “Going forward now, with Most Wanted and what we’ll do in the future [will have], shall we say, a strong Criterion involvement,” said Ward. “I’m personally involved in how the cars drive, how the game will play out, how connected they are, and what the features are.”
Regarding the various sub-franchises within the Need for Speed IP, Ward expressed interest in creating one massive game that features everything from Shift and Most Wanted to Underground and Hot Pursuit, which is certainly really interesting to think about. “I think it would be amazing in the future if there was one big game that had all of these in it,” he continued. “That would be amazing.”
Given Criterion’s ability to make a great Need for Speed game, this news is sure to get fans of the franchise and the developer stoked for whatever the future may hold. As long as the studio makes sure to differentiate each game, we could be in store for some excellent Need for Speed titles.
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