Criterion’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit rejuvenated the struggling franchise. As a result, Criterion will be developing all future Need for Speed games, starting with this year’s Most Wanted.

Are you a fan of Burnout or Need for Speed:  Hot Pursuit?  Heck, are you a fan of good arcade racing games in general?  Then you’ll be happy to hear that all future Need for Speed video games will be developed by Criterion, the company that made 2010’s Need for Speed:  Hot Pursuit and the Burnout series.  Criterion is currently developing this year’s Need for Speed:  Most Wanted.  Previous Need for Speed developer Black Box failed to impress anyone with last year’s Need for Speed:  The Run, so they’re off the franchise for good.  In an interview with Game Informer, Criterion VP Alex Ward said that the developer also has big plans for Burnout, but wouldn’t elaborate.

In other news, the Need for Speed movie will be funded by Stephen Spielberg’s Dreamworks.  Still no plot details or anything since the movie is extremely early in pre-production, but Dreamworks’ involvement gives me hope that this movie–unlike so many other videogame-based films–will actually be made.

-Nick’s take:  Criterion makes awesome racing games.  Putting the declining Need for Speed franchise in Criterion’s capable hands is a good thing.  I still want to see more Burnout games, though.

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