Criterion Games’ New Need For Speed Game To Take Franchise To The “Next Level”
It appears that Criterion Games is working on a brand new entry in the Need for Speed series, based on the latest information.
According to a job listing for the position of World Artist at Criterion Games, the studio is looking to take the Need for Speed franchise to the “next level”.
The listing states that Criterion Games is looking to recruit a talented individual who can bring a perspective on current trends and workflows that will help push the studio’s games to the next level. Additionally, it is mentioned that, with a history of working on beloved franchises, including Battlefield, Star Wars Battlefront and Burnout, the developer is now looking to challenge the conventions of the racing genre to take the Need For Speed franchise to the “next level”.
The new recruit will build worlds that adhere to environment theming and tone, drawing from reference and delivering visually stunning but player first experiences throughout the game world. They will also ensure that the game world is fun and fair, authentic in appearance and viscerally exciting for the player. Additionally, they will work closely with Level Designers to iterate on and bring a level of believability and detail to the world while retaining the gameplay intentions.
The listing also confirms that this unannounced Need For Speed title will feature an open world. It is stated that the fresh recruit is expected to help Criterion Games on its new and exciting endeavor to create an open world offering the player a fast, visceral and authentic experience.
Previously, a remake of Need for Speed Most Wanted was teased by the actor who played Sergeant Jonathan Cross’ partner in the original game. The actor in question is Simone Bailly, who played Sergeant Jonathan Cross’ unnamed partner in the original game’s live action segments as well as during gameplay. She took to social media to hint at the existence of a Need for Speed Most Wanted remake.