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!