EA talks Need for Speed’s new direction, Burnout’s future

EA senior VP Patrick Soderlund spoke with Eurogamer about what’s next for the Need for Speed franchise, and I don’t know what they put in his water, but he was more than willing to talk about unannounced plans.

“My vision for NFS is it will be a brand the consumer can enjoy on an annual basis, and he can look at that game and say, ‘I know this is going to be a high quality entertainment experience.’ That is a must for us,” he explains. “Now we have multiple studios building NFS products. That will mean you’ll get a slightly different touch on NFS on an annual basis, but hopefully a much higher-quality experience.”

When asked if we can “safely assume” Black Box will be handling the next arcade-style NFS game, Soderlund replied with “Yes. I would say so, yes.” As for the fate of the Burnout series, “it’s about prioritizing what we want to do. At this point we haven’t made a decision to whether Burnout does this or that, but it’s not dead for sure, no.”

The future of Need for Speed revealed [Eurogamer]

EA senior VP Patrick Soderlund spoke with Eurogamer about what’s next for the Need for Speed franchise, and I don’t know what they put in his water, but he was more than willing to talk about unannounced plans.

“My vision for NFS is it will be a brand the consumer can enjoy on an annual basis, and he can look at that game and say, ‘I know this is going to be a high quality entertainment experience.’ That is a must for us,” he explains. “Now we have multiple studios building NFS products. That will mean you’ll get a slightly different touch on NFS on an annual basis, but hopefully a much higher-quality experience.”

When asked if we can “safely assume” Black Box will be handling the next arcade-style NFS game, Soderlund replied with “Yes. I would say so, yes.” As for the fate of the Burnout series, “it’s about prioritizing what we want to do. At this point we haven’t made a decision to whether Burnout does this or that, but it’s not dead for sure, no.”

The future of Need for Speed revealed [Eurogamer]

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