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  • Blog Post: Criterion's Next Game Is An Adventure, But Not One Exclusively Behind The Wheel [Trailer Added]

    No, it's not Burnout, and it's not Need for Speed. Criterion's next game, which is in its very early stages, will give players control of vehicles on land and air. In the very first look, we see Criterion bringing its love for speed into the skies with helicopters, planes, and wingsuits.... More
  • Blog Post: Report: Criterion And Crystal Dynamics Will Announce New Games At E3

    Two more E3 secrets are now in the light. Criterion Games (Burnout, Need for Speed) and Crystal Dynamics (Tomb Raider) will be announcing new games at E3. The news comes by way of GameTrailers ’ programming listing for next week. Crystal Dynamics will be on hand with Microsoft’s Phil Spencer... More
  • Blog Post: With Two Titles In Development, Three Fields Hires New CTO

    Three Fields Entertainment , the studio founded by Criterion founders Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward, has announced a new hiring. After 18 years at Criterion, Paul Ross has joined his former colleagues as chief technical officer. Ross was the chief technical officer at Criterion, according to his LinkedIn... More
  • Blog Post: Need For Speed: Rivals Developer Experiencing Layoffs

    Ghost Games, the developer who recently took the keys to the Need for Speed franchise, has "entered a consultation period," leading to layoffs. "We have entered a consultation period for some positions in our Ghost Games UK studio,” an representative from Electronic Arts told Game... More
  • Blog Post: Criterion Founders Alex Ward And Fiona Sperry Depart To Found New Studio

    The studio that gave gamers Burnout, Black, and two of the more recent Need for Speed titles will continue on without its founders. EA has confirmed that Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have departed the developer. “Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have decided to leave EA,” a company representative... More
  • Blog Post: Criterion Streamlines Operations As Most Employees Join Ghost Games

    Late last week it was revealed that Criterion, the minds behind the Burnout series, Black, and most recently, two well-received Need for Speed entries, has streamlined its operations. The studio now employs 17 individuals, with the remaining staff now with Ghost Games, the team behind the upcoming Need... More
  • Blog Post: Criterion's Next Title Will Not Be A Racing Game

    Those hoping for another trip to Paradise City are in for some disappointment. Brilliant arcade-style racing developer Criterion's next title will not be in the Burnout or Need for Speed franchises. In fact, it won't be a racing game at all. Today, the studio's creative director, Alex Ward... More
  • Blog Post: Vroom! $1.3 Million McLaren P1 Starring In Need For Speed Movie

    At this point, it really doesn't matter which human actors appear in the film adaptation of EA's Need for Speed series. The inclusion of a $1.3 million McLaren P1 is sure to steal the show. An image snapped on the set and posted by CarScoops confirms the exotic automobile's inclusion. Other... More
  • Blog Post: Nvidia's Latest Project Shield Demo Shows PC Streaming

    Nvidia's upcoming device, Project Shield, isn't coming out until the second quarter of the year, but the company is filling the time with a series of product demos. The latest video clip shows how PC owners will be able to stream their games onto the handheld. About half of the video is spent... More
  • Blog Post: Need For Speed DLC Adds Five New Rides

    If you love fast cars and have $10 to burn, then you should check out the Ultimate Speed Pack DLC for Need for Speed Most Wanted that released today. The content includes the Pagani Zonda R, McLaren F1 LM, Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, Lamborghini Aventador J, and Hennessey Venom GT Spyder. If... More
  • Blog Post: Need For Speed: Most Wanted Headed To Wii U

    It's not particularly surprising to hear that EA and Criterion's Need for Speed: Most Wanted is coming to Wii U, but it's always nice to get a solid confirmation. We liked the game quite a bit , so we're excited to see how Nintendo's dual screen can set up can tweak the experience... More
  • Blog Post: EA Gothenburg Hiring For Next Need For Speed

    Electronic Arts has mapped out an aggressive course for the Need for Speed franchise, with some kind of installment expected every year. That doesn't look to change, as EA Gothenburg is hiring en masse for a new title in the racing series. The studio's website specifically lists the Need for... More
  • Blog Post: Need For Speed Most Wanted Pre-Order Bonuses Announced

    In what's becoming more and more commonplace among game pre-ordering, anyone who puts down some early money for Need for Speed Most Wanted at select retailers will get the limited-edition version of the title for free. The Limited Edition includes: (text from Electronic Arts) Four hours of Double... More
  • Blog Post: Need For Speed Movie Edges Closer To The Starting Line

    A few weeks back, we learned that EA was shopping around a movie based around its Need for Speed series. Now comes word that a film studio has picked up the film rights, and that production could start as soon as early next year. Paramount was initially said to be interested in the license , but now... More
  • Blog Post: New Criterion Need For Speed Game Revealed

    Like the Most Wanted games that have come before, the new Need For Speed Most Wanted will pit criminals against cops. The makers of Burnout and the recent Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit reboot are hard at work on a new iteration of the Need For Speed Most Wanted series. The gameplay on display during the... More
  • Blog Post: First Need For Speed Most Wanted Screen

    We knew EA was planning to show off Need For Speed Most Wanted at this year's E3, but the publisher couldn't wait until Monday to give us our first glimpse of the game. Check out a high res version in the image gallery. Need For Speed Most Wanted is being developed by Criterion, and the only... More
  • Blog Post: Will Crash Mode Return In New Burnout?

    It hasn't even been officially announced, but we're already hearing new details about Burnout Crash. After it was unceremoniously revealed thanks to the Australian ratings board, gamers were left to speculate about what exactly the game entails. Obtaining a statement from the ratings board itself... More
  • Blog Post: Australian Ratings Board Reveals Burnout Crash?

    Developer Criterion had been hard at work on Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit and thus the Burnout series got put on hold. However, if this rating by the Australian Classification Board is any indication, EA may be gearing up for the next Burnout release: Burnout Crash. The game title also appears on the... More
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: EA's Multiple Million Sellers

    UPDATE: More news has come out about EA's last financial quarter, including the fact that Madden NFL 11, FIFA 11, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 all sold over five million units (see below for more). More interestingly, perhaps, is the fact that EA is touting 39 percent year-over-year growth in its... More
  • Blog Post: Racing Into 2011

    2010 was a great year for racing games. Gran Turismo 5 finally got released (and was pretty *** good in its own right), and between titles like Split/Second and Blur, the genre saw a much-needed infusion of new ideas and experiences. What’s in store for 2011? We take a look at some of the games... More
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