Neoseeker : News : Need for Speed no longer under Criterion, Swedish developer Ghost Games now in charge of series
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Shave ya Head Aug 30, 13
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THM Aug 30, 13
Wait a minute, is it for the better or worse??!!
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jbh Aug 30, 13
Sad to hear this as Criterion make quality, but I imagine Burnout fans will be happy.

Rivals looks impressive though, so I won't completely disregard the new dev.
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ImmoStride Aug 30, 13
I'm glad that Criterion is no longer working on the series after they sucked the soul out of NFS: Most Wanted. Here's hoping that Ghost Games makes Rivals a good NFS game
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RabidChinaGirl Aug 31, 13
jbh I'm one of those Burnout fans!
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Coi Cki Aug 31, 13
Wait wait wait... This guy was the producer behind Shift 2? That one sucked. Big time... And he seems to think gamers want things to stay the same in the franchise, from one game to the next... In my opinion, what makes NfS so great is the variety between games under the franchise.
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Fortitudo Aug 31, 13
But i liked having different types of need for speeds. I want another NFS: The Run, Another Underground. I am disappoint.
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nipsen Aug 31, 13
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you ruin a franchise! With the help of only one vapid publisher, two PR guys with no soul, and two underpaid studios.

Now for our next trick, we will demonstrate how to earn money while producing a product practically no one wants and everyone (eventually) hates!
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SpaceWalker Aug 31, 13
Does this mean we might finally get a Burnout Paradise sequel now? =O
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CDS Aug 31, 13
I interpret this as the Need For Speed franchise going back to its routes.
Can't really say fairer than that, although some of the newer NFS' have been good too.
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tendoboy1984 Aug 31, 13
Noooooooo. Criterion did a great job turning Most Wanted into a Burnout Paradise clone.

It was fast, frantic, and fun.
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Corndog Aug 31, 13
Honestly im happy, hopefully they bring NFS back to its roots... ie: street racing, customization....because the new most wanted was not NFS it just didnt have the feel of it
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tendoboy1984 Aug 31, 13
Uh the original Need For Speed (PS1) wasn't about customization or street racing. It was just a fast arcade racer, which is exactly what Criterion's Most Wanted remake was.
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Fortitudo Sep 1, 13
quote Corndog
Honestly im happy, hopefully they bring NFS back to its roots... ie: street racing, customization....because the new most wanted was not NFS it just didnt have the feel of it
As Tendoboy said. The original need for speeds didn't have customization until Underground released probably because:
A.) They could actually fit customization onto the game now there wasn't such a limitation.
B.) All the cool kids were talking about customizing cars to make them look and sound better and to make them faster using mods back in 2003. It was the norm for people aged 3+. Of course we've all grown out of it now and so they're going back to their roots.

Although this need for speed looks great, i wonder how much it will sell? If it sells badly will EA decide to regret their decision and do the right thing or let Ghost Games screw it up even worse?
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