Need for Speed is now being developed by both Criterion Games and Codemasters

Written by Stuart Thomas on Thu, May 12, 2022 3:25 PM
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Need for Speed has been around for quite a while (and was even adapted into a movie!) and many developers have had a crack at the series at some point, with some rocky reception along the way. With the future of NFS looking a little dire, it seems that EA is looking to shake things up by appointing two of the biggest studios in racing game development on the next installment.

Both Codemasters (F1 andGRID) and Criterion Games (Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and Burnout Paradise) will be jointly working on the next title in the NFS franchise, forming “one Criterion studio” across two locations. The announcement came from a few tweets by Codemasters:

We can confirm Criterion Games and the development team at Codemasters Cheshire are officially coming together to create the future of Need for Speed, forming one Criterion studio with two location hubs,” Codemasters said. “This integration builds off the close partnership the two studios have developed over the past few months.

Sharing common values and similar cultures, we strongly believe unifying the huge wealth of expertise across both teams will help us to deliver the best racing experiences we can for our players.” No further details on what the next Need for Speed will be called or even when it will release have been revealed.

Of course, the last official NFS game to release was Need For Speed Heat, which was developed by Ghost Games. But before they took on the mantle of the franchise, Criterion was behind the wheel and created some beloved entries in the series. They’ve mostly been doing support work for Battlefield 2042 recently, but hopefully their return with Codemasters will bring the series back to its popularity.

What do you think? Are you excited for the next Need for Speed? What was your favorite Need for Speed game? Do you trust Criterion and Codemasters to develop the next entry? Let us know your thoughts!

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14:38 May-17-2022

I would love a new Burnout.

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21:45 May-16-2022

they should just forget NFS and make a new franchise good racing game

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10:40 May-17-2022

Heat is great though.

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15:49 May-17-2022

Forza Horizon is great. Heat...it sorta kinda maybe tries to capture that NFSU2/MW/Carbon sentiment, but the cars handle like Mario Kart, the optimization is abysmal and the story is cringe made into cheese. I want to love it, but it ain't easy.

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16:01 May-17-2022

The optimization is fine if my friend that I played with can run it at 1080p with an r9 380X and ryzen 7 3800x with more than smooth performance. While I run it great at 1080p with my setup as well. (neither of us has checked the FPS cuz neither of us had problems).


It might be a software issue that you are experiencing? IDK, or maybe the game doesn't achieve ultra-high fps easily? IDK.


But yes the story is crap, which I don't care about, but the driving mechanics are fun. I like Forza better too.

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16:59 May-17-2022

The optimization is complete garbage compared to Forza and Forza looks better as well. I can run FH4 at 5K (5120x2880) Ultra at 80-100+ FPS on my rig while Heat barely does 3.5K at 50-80... I looked around and there are a LOT of articles and reddit posts about terrible performance with Heat., also comparing to Forza.


And the reason I go with 3.5K - aliasing/shimmering. I'd love to go 5K like in Forza, but the game is unplayable at that res (as a racing game, anyway). There's too much terrible aliasing at 1440p and 1080p is out of the question completely for my monitor.


Also Heat is hardly even playable on the Steam Deck, compared to FH5. Just overall bad performance.

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18:11 May-16-2022

If you ignore the story, Heat is a very good addition to NFS series. Im very interested what they do next.

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15:45 May-17-2022

It's a step in the right direction, but the optimization and some of the graphical choices are just outright abysmal... Also I grew to love the way cars handle in Forza Horizon 4, so going back to NFS Heat just feelsl ike I'm playing Mario Kart with the drifts...

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18:38 May-14-2022

Anyone else getting an error 500 on the main site of game debate?

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18:59 May-15-2022

Yes, everyone is having that issue at the moment


Not sure when this will be resolved as it has been 2 days :/

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14:53 May-16-2022

Been having it since Friday. Someone finally bothered to fix it mid-way through Monday 🤣

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Yep, fixed for me, i was actually scared this site was over.

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02:27 May-13-2022

I prefered Ghost games, they listened to the feedback and their games were fun with amazing graphics.

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15:42 May-12-2022

Speaking of NFS... Heat had potential to be a "NFSU2/NFSMW at home", but fuuuuuuuu*k is it badly optimized... Can barely run it decently at 3.5K on my rig and the Steam Deck struggles pretty bad with it as well. Maybe Codemasters could help out with that...maybe...

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11:47 May-13-2022

Weird, I get 40-45 FPS with everything set to max but aa to FXAA, at 4k, how is your machine struggling?

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14:48 May-13-2022

Well, "struggling" is a strong word. I get around 70-ish fps or so at 3.5K, but then every race start, especially at night, just drops to 50-something. Mind you - I'm used to Forza Horizon 4 running at 80-100fps at 5K (5120x2880), so what NFS is doing here is quite pathetic.


And on the Steam Deck it's just plain sad news, 30fps sucks for racing, but it can't even keep a proper 40, where Forza Horizon 5 plays smoothly on it.


I think it's just bad optimization, the game doesn't even look that good to warrant such abysmal performance.


Edit: just looked around and bad performance in Heat is an extremely common issue, including in reviews. That, plus bad visuals. And, like me, a lot of people are comparing it to FH4, which looks and runs better + has much better car handling and physics 😂

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