Need for Speed franchise now headed by Ghost Games
by Ozzie Mejia, shacknews.com, Aug 29, 2013 3:45PM PDT
Ghost Games' first foray into the Need for Speed franchise is the upcoming Rivals. However, executive producer Marcus Nilsson revealed that this isn't a one-off. In fact, the studio is taking full control of the franchise going forward.
Nilsson explained to VideoGamer that the decision was out of a desire for continuity. "It cannot go from black to white between Black Box (Need for Speed: The Run) and Criterion (Need for Speed: Most Wanted), and that's why we're now thinking about the brand as Ghost owns it," he said. "We're going to build it, we're going to build it on Frostbite 3, [and] people will see something they are familiar with every time we release the game. And I think that is the core basis of building a brand; that people know what to expect." EA later commented that Nilsson's comments are fully accurate.
Meanwhile, Criterion has been working on an undisclosed project. While fans may desire a new Burnout, it appears that the studio will move away from racing and create something entirely new.