Criterion Games making Need for Speed

The newest in the franchise Need for Speed:Shift will be hitting stores this Fall. Game web site Kotaku conducted an interview with EA CEO John Riccitiello. They asked about a possible merge of the two racing titles. This is an excerpt from the interview.

No, Riccitiello said, but the Burnout team at EA’s Criterion Games, led by Alex Ward, are making the next Need for Speed. “Alex is one of the people in the industry I would analogize to the great filmmakers, etc.,” Riccitiello said. “He is a true creative visionary. We had a great fight about what the next Need For Speed would be like. Of course, he gets to win because it’s his call. It’s not that I’m without an opinion on it.”

That still sounded like a possible Burnout-NFS merger to me, so I pressed Riccitiello on whether Burnout would be folded into Need for Speed.

“I don’t think you can fold Burnout into Need for Speed, because a lot of people like Burnout,” he said. “We don’t have a plan right now for a separate major launch on Burnout, because the team doing it is working on a revolutionary take on Need for Speed. I don’t know, if Paramount, in addition to owning Star Trek owned Star Wars, which isn’t the way it is, I don’t think you’d merge them.”



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