Open-World Need for Speed: Most Wanted By Criterion Coming This October [Update]

By Ishaan . June 4, 2012 . 2:10pm


Last week, Electronic Arts announced that Burnout developer, Criterion, were at work on their next Need for Speed game, having already released a new version Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit in 2010. Like Criterion’s recent racers, Need for Speed: Most Wanted will be an open-world racing game.


Everything you do in Most Wanted will earn you Speed Points. These take you up the game’s “Most Wanted” list, which comprises of various accomplishments across different activities such as race times, battling cops, doing big jumps and so on.


Need for Speed: Most Wanted will be released October 30th for the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android.


Update: Updated with debut trailer.

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  • Shinji Kazuya

    YES!! Need for Speed Most Wanted still is my favourite car racing game!

    Can’t wait!

  • XYZ_JolteonZ980

    This seemed to feel like a Hot Pursuit 2 except in a city. Curious how the Open World is since that wasnt really a part of Hot Pursuit beyond just free ride to take various photos. Autolog looked way improved though, cant wait to get those notifications again.

    I wish the lady dispatcher was retained. Great trailer, may get it for both PS3 and Vita.

  • KingGunblader

    I’m worried that this game is just going to be the Hot Pursuit reboot with Most Wanted’s dress on. I would like to see car customization, a Blacklist-type single player mode, and crazy cop chases through the city.

    I don’t like the direction this series has taken. I miss fast, fun, silly arcade racing that made the original Most Wanted so much fun. Nowadays, a racer’s gotta have realistic handling, damage, and… highways…

    • popyea

      If you like arcadey fun racing, criterion specialize in that. Their last entry was fantastic fun.

  • shadowseer

    I didn’t really like Need For Speed’s last few offering, however I did really enjoy Burnout Paradise. This looks like Burnout Paradise with Most Wanted’s elements. Looks like I’m buying this :D

  • Would love to support the game – but too bad all EA games are crippled with online passes. 

    • Solomon_Kano

      I get the sourness with online passes, but at the same time… were you planning on buying it used? Otherwise, I really don’t get passing the game entirely for something that wouldn’t affect you if you bought it new — which is the only way you could support it.

  • SirRichard

    Can’t wait for the slew of Most Wanted jokes when it comes to review time for this game, that’s going to be fun.

    It looks pretty good, I must say and while I’m absolutely terrible at these games, definitely going to give it a shot.

  • iPhone? PS Vita? Count on me!

  • Solomon_Kano

    Wait… it’s coming out for Vita too? Do fudging want. Again.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    This and Rayman are the best games shown today. I was surprised as hell.

  • neo_firenze

    All I have to say is: that sort of minimalistic red/white/black art that’s quite reminiscent of the Criterion Collection (the DVD series, nothing to do with Criterion the developer) is completely awesome, and I hope it is the final box art.  

    It’s nice that EA is recognizing the developers so prominently here too.  For all the complaining about them being the evil empire, they do a better job than most publishers of giving proper credit to the people who actually make their games (see also the way they treated Visceral and Crytec during their E3 conference).

    • malek86

      I thought the same. It reminds me of the PGR4 menu screens. Hopefully they will keep it.

  • When I heard this rumor a few weeks back, I was ecstatic.  The best Need For Speed ever, again?  Yes.  

  • aoihana

    Ah, man, so wait, Need For Speed Most Wanted?! Wait, a next gen most wanted?! Wait!! Criterion reinventing one of my favorite Need For Speed titles?! I loved Most Wanted, and I love Criterion’s exhilarating, fun style, so this is going to be amazing! I can already imagine the racing! (T▽T)

    • AnimusVox

      Haha yeah this was one of my favorite NFS games.
      I hope they dont screw it up though, I have not been impressed with how they’ve been handling the series as of late.

  • Helepythia

    I don’t know about you, but isn’t this news atypical to Siliconera?

  • Nauj Ibarra

    OH FU!K YES! I’m really excited about this one! Criterion almost never screws up their game! Well, except for dominator. But anyway, this sounds seriously awesome!

  • Vitor Duarte

    It already looks awesome, MW was the best NFS and I sure hope they can live up to the hype. One thing they must screw up is the soundtrack, MW’s soundtrack was glorious.

  • ddh819

    i never played the ps2 NFS:MW. is it worth downloading on psn vs getting a native ps3 NFS game?

    • Rolling Guy

      Yes. I can easily agree that it’s one of the best NFS EA made.

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