The Need for Speed series has been annualized for a long time now. However, the franchise needs to get a tune up and will be skipping 2014 altogether.
"We've made the decision to not release a Need for Speed in 2014, so we can work towards a highly innovative Need for Speed in 2015," Ghost Games executive producer Marcus Nilsson explained. "An experience built on a foundation we know you'll greatly look forward to."
The timing corroborates a report from earlier this year, which suggested that an unannounced Need for Speed game was canceled as developer Ghost Games suffered layoffs. It's likely said game would have been this year's entry in the series.
Although there's no game coming this year, Nilsson says that the team will still be very active in the future. "You'll be hearing from us regularly because we need your help to shape the future of Need for Speed," he said in an open letter (via RPS). "We want your input on future gameplay and features we know you're passionate about."