Need for Speed franchise now headed by Ghost Games

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.