<< LINK REMOVED >> then you would have 1 game per 4-6 years depending on the franchise complexity. And the gaming industry would lose many gamers and developpers would then have a smaller budgets since smaller net profit would be made.
Still, even if they "rehashed from previous versions" like you said, you still get the feeling the franchise has been reengineered from the 5 years old release.
But if you expect new games built from scratch each year for a given franchise, then you're just plain stupid.
GTR are pro in terms of racing simulation. EA is simply not known for simulation. Almost every game EA has done so far had no true realistic simulation into it... and many other games from other developpers that tried to simulate realistic racing simply failed. IMO, Gran Turismo is one of the only the game that suits my realistic needs. Even Forza, which I bought the collector's edition, does not match GT's realistic driving (that's MY opinion, maybe not yours and I don't care). Think also about how much time it takes to build a successful GT games. NFS games are released... every year or so? You can't possibly release a realistic game this fast from a company that doesn't have any experience in programming realistic racing simulation game. I don't expect anything good out of this, except a gain of experience for EA in the long terms and maybe a little loss of credibility. Why don't they work on a new NFS Most Wanted-like game? Those cop pursuit were really well designed, the soundtrack was nice and I remember having a lot of fun doing those challenges. Also, EA is kind of a leader in this racing market (cops chasing, being underground, spectacular effetcs, etc.) They would have credibility and they need to focus on their strongest assets. Bottom line: EA doing racing simulation? Bleh.