Revolutionary brand-new Need for Speed by Criterion - Burnout franchise frozen?
Criterion, the makers of Burnout Paradise, are said to resurrect the NfS franchise with a brand-new Need for Speed in 2010.
EA still drives at full throttle with the Need for Speed series. After the last NfS editions were criticized both by fans and the press, EA now wants to co-operate with several developers who will produce the Need for Speed games. The teams will take turns every two years.
The latest Need for Speed: Shift is developed by Slightly Mad Studios (once Blimey) who became popular with simulation racing games such as GTR and GTR Legends. Next year's Need for Speed will be produced by Criterion, the makers of Burnout Paradise.
In an interview with the Kotaku EA CEO John Riccitiello reports that the new, still anonymous Need for Speed will be revolutionary. Riccitiello was full of praise for Criterion CEO Alex Ward: "Alex is one of the people in the industry I would analogize to the great filmmakers. He is a true creative visionary.” Due to the works on the new Need for Speed there are currently no plans for a greater Burnout game. That might be bad news for fans of the Burnout series.
However, Need for Speed and Burnout will not be merged. "I don't think you can fold Burnout into Need for Speed, because a lot of people like Burnout”, Riccitiello says.
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