Burnout dev making Need for Speed Most Wanted

Electronic Arts announces Criterion Games at work on new racing game; SimCity due February 2013, Battlefield 3 Armored Kill DLC hits in September.

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A new Need for Speed Most Wanted is in development at Burnout studio Criterion Games, Electronic Arts announced today. No further information is available, but the game's first screenshot (below) hints that it will focus on police chases.

The chase is on in Need for Speed Most Wanted.

The 2005 original Need for Speed Most Wanted was developed by EA Canada and garnered a warm reception at launch. In that game, players competed to become the most notorious street racer and were tasked with outrunning other racers as well as police.

No mention was made concerning when Need for Speed Most Wanted will ship or for what platforms, but earlier this month, EA confirmed a new Need for Speed title would arrive during the holiday quarter.

Need for Speed Most Wanted will be the second racing franchise EA has rebooted in as many years, following 2010's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. More information on Need for Speed Most Wanted will be divulged at EA's 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo briefing, slated for June 4 at 1 p.m. PDT.

On top of announcing the new Need for Speed Most Wanted, EA revealed that SimCity will arrive in February 2013. Previously, the game was scheduled to hit the PC and Mac sometime in 2013. Developer Maxis is building the new SimCity on its new GlassBox game engine. Among other features, this engine will allow the studio to introduce curved roads to the franchise. The game will also be fully 3D, a first for the series.

Lastly, EA today announced that Battlefield 3's Armored Kill downloadable content will arrive in September. It will follow Close Quarters, which arrives for the PlayStation 3 this month as a one-week timed exclusive before later being released for the Xbox 360 and PC.

Discussion

57 comments
BlackWolfX2g
BlackWolfX2g

I would 100% rather if they would (re)make Burnout Revenge in current graphic standart-in my view best game from Burnout series-and maybe only one of racer where you can really revenge for situations when civilian prevent you from win of race in all of racer games you play. And keep splitscreen in that.

aussiemuscle
aussiemuscle

 @Vodoo  NFS has never been 'too complicated' and is as far from it as possible.

 

NFS franchise suffers too much 'same again' and needs to innovate a little.

Ajheyhey
Ajheyhey

i lost interest in hot pursuit pretty quick and no split screen.  they need to just du a new burnout like the ones b4 paradise

Vodoo
Vodoo

Um... why can't the guys that made the original Most Wanted make this game? The new Hot pursuit game was ok at best. I think these developers are trying to make the game more complicated and control more realistically than it needs to be.

bloody_roar_fan
bloody_roar_fan

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Brokendemise
Brokendemise

NFS: MW was probably one of the best NFS's to date, other than Hot Pursuit II. Everytime I hear they're making a new NFS, I hope that it would be a proper sequel to NFS: MW, and Carbon didn't cut it. So hopefully, like @elzabador said, it won't turn into some hardcore arcade thing, and there'll be proper driving and crash physics like in The Run

MrOnage
MrOnage

i hope they don't use the same car handling model as hot pursuit, cuz that one sucked.

elzabador
elzabador

if this turns into a some sort of arcade game like RRU...  ill quit buying/renting NFS's

stjimmy222
stjimmy222

Maybe for once NFS will be somewhat decent now.

Foppe
Foppe

Why not call it Most Wanted 2?

BryanParksSuper
BryanParksSuper

Yeah let's pump out more racing games. We get 10 races games a year. Rebooting a old game is stupid.

TimboII
TimboII

They're great developers, but I hope this feels more like a NFS game than a Burnout one. I enjoyed the new Hot Pursuit but I found it felt more like Burnout than NFS. So Most Wanted being one of the best games in the series, I hope the sequel is well designed and captures the NFS feel.

The_Rick_14
The_Rick_14

I hope customization will exist and be as deep, if not deeper, than Midnight Club. I like driving something that I know is uniquely mine. 

playahater1
playahater1

NFS as a series is in the gutter. This game has got to be awesome to turn it around.

johnny_pay
johnny_pay

if only they would remake underground

GOWzztrippinzz
GOWzztrippinzz

The greatest racing game to grace this earth is returning!! PRAISE ODIN!!!!

7C7R7N7
7C7R7N7

Oh my God! My dream is turning into reality, NFS Most Wanted 2 is to come. Thank you EA.

zype2
zype2

In my oppionion, Criterion makes the best arcade racing games. So it was a nice suprise they are making another Most Wanted. Though it will be interesting on how they will develop this game. I recall playing the the game back in 2005 and it had a classic feel from the get go! Enjoyed the gameplay and the overall look of the game.  

00J
00J

Oh let me add too that the Most Wanted and Hot Pursuit are totally perfect, Cops Chasing Tricked out Cars is such a real and natural concept, that's why it's so good. 

 

Just as cool as all the Fast and Furious Movies. I remember getting out of so many impossible Police Barricades in Most Wanted! 

00J
00J

I'm getting N4SPD Most Wanted, been missing that one since my old Xbox stopped working... I really miss the authentic car SFX, the Mustang had a hella awesome rumble and roar, so much like IRL... it was hardcore! 

Blue-Diamond
Blue-Diamond

I have a lot of the Need for Speed Games and Need for Speed Most Wanted is one of my favorites of all my games. I will look forward to a new one and will be looking to buy. I cannot get enough of race games. I love the speed but I'm more about having fun with it. Love to outrun the cops. Upgrading and getting new cars. Not much for the car acrobatic that some of the other car games have.

shansss123
shansss123

i just hope it's awesome like the old most wanted

Hail23
Hail23

Them breaking back Need For Speed Most Wanted could me the return of FREEROAM in a need for speed game :D

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I liked Criterion's treatment of Hot Pursuit a lot, but i really, really REALLY want Burnout Paradise 2.

Hail23
Hail23

I love the fact I can use licensed cars and drive them in a Burnout style and not just normal Street racing style, even tho street racing games are my favorite type of game.

FreakAche
FreakAche

I loved their reboot of Hot Pursuit, but I really wish they would get back to Burnout.

chappy_man
chappy_man

NEW BURNOUT!!! ohh wait......... Crap..........

sirkibble2
sirkibble2

I'm a little skeptical of this reboot. I think it'd be more fitting to make a sequel instead. Personally, I thought Most Wanted was great and one of the best in the NFS series so for Criterion to take over for a game originally made by EA, it's not going to have thesame appeal.

 

That's not to say it won't be good game but if people are expecting it to feel like the original Most Wanted, they may be disappointed.

XanderMercury
XanderMercury

For me, the NFS series dropped off at Carbon, and Undercover didn't help much either. Shift and Shift 2 were okay, but other games like Gran Turismo 5 and Forza 3 (and now 4) were more appealing to me. I didn't get into Hot Pursuit, and I doubt I'm going to be able to get into this one. A once-awesome series that just isn't cutting it nowadays...

slipknotmaggot1
slipknotmaggot1

the only need for speed i liked was 1 and 2.. Getting the Ford GT90, and running that carnival track.. oooh yeah.. most wanted was ok, but it was a huge rip off of Driver to me.. Carbon was the only other newer NFS game i had.. BURNOUT on the other hand! come on Criterian Games... that was a winning franchise til you made it like Need for Speed! focus on making closed tracks and sweet takedowns! bring Burnout Back! you were the only good competition for NFS and now EA has made you its b!tch and taken out their comp..   

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Burnout dev makes another NFS game from last gen hoping to cash in on nostalgia.....

Sorry, not interested in this crap. Hot Pursuit wasn't that good, felt too much like it was trying to be Burnout  and not NFS and it turned me off to it. if I wanted Burnout I would have bought Paradise....I don't want Paradise lol I like the older Burnout games better.....

I really wish EA would bring back Road Rash or [off topic] the Strike Series........

onixevil
onixevil

read the title clearly it says " Burnout Dev" cause same Developers better than other, no matter how big  name of the game title 

kkee
kkee

Where's my Burnout? Paradise was fantastic, and the DLC very well implemented. It's now over 2 and a half years since its release and we're about to get our 2nd Need for Speed game from Criterion.

ROMSES
ROMSES

Why? New Burnout - that what everyone wants... Another good NFS copy like Hot pursuit after Carbon, Shift 2 and Pro street  shitty games, just how much?

And like the OJ_the_LION said only most wanted and hot pursuit were good, so I guess they just cant figure out smth new without Burnout style.

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

Sorry, we don't need anymore NFS games.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Awesome IMO--NFS Hot Pursuit was the most fun I'd had playing a NFS title in years. The best ones for me have always been the Hot Pursuit/Most Wanted games.

Avenger1324
Avenger1324

Hopefully this will be good in its own right, but if it is a first game for a new console it will teach them a lot of things to make the next gen Burnout even better

UziKill
UziKill

@-DirtySanchez- I Agree but they should go back to the Burnout 3 design which was the best. The ones after that sucked.

jwhdavison
jwhdavison staff

 @XanderMercury Speaking purely as a fan here (taking GameSpot hat off for a second) - but Criterion really know what they're doing with this stuff. Burnout Paradise was excellent, and their interpretation of Need for Speed two years ago was the best in a very long time.

FreakAche
FreakAche

 @Avenger1324 From my understanding, Burnout doesn't sell very well. NFS does, so unfortunately it sounds like Criterion will be making NFS games for the foreseeable future.

FreakAche
FreakAche

 @jwhdavison Yeah, but at their core the Burnout games were fundamentally about smashing things and running your opponents off the road. Although Hot Pursuit was a great game, and had a little bit of that Burnout feel, it was much more of a conventional racing game, presumably because people have certain expectations when they hear the name "Need for Speed". I really just want those guys to make another Burnout game. I'll probably buy Most Wanted, but I can't help but feel a little disappointed.