New Need for Speed From Criterion Reportedly Set For November on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5

New Need for Speed From Criterion Reportedly Set For November on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5

Richard Walker

With Burnout developer Criterion currently at work on the next Need for Speed, having been drafted in to help work on Battlefield 2042, rumours abound that the game will be skipping Xbox One and PlayStation 4 when it reportedly releases this November. It'll be the first new Need for Speed game since 2019's Need for Speed Heat.

Since wrapping work on supporting development for Battlefield 2042, Criterion has been focusing on the new Need for Speed, which, according to VentureBeat's Jeff Grubb (via WCCFTech) will only be getting a console release for Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.

“I suppose if you're a Need for Speed fan who has bought a next-gen console, here's some good news - it's next-gen only,” Grubb remarked. “They are shifting to next-gen only for that." Grubb elaborated, claiming that Criterion's upcoming Need for Speed could be set in Miami, leading him to think that "maybe they'll go an Underground route."

Of course, 2003's Need for Speed Underground remains one of the more beloved entries in the series, capitalising as it did on car mod culture and illegal street racing, particularly popular at the time due to The Fast and The Furious. Grubb did go on to say that all of these details are currently rumours, and that there “could be leaps of logic I'm making” with regard to the potential NFS Underground influence.

November does seem like a logical release window for Criterion's new Need for Speed, however, so hopefully we'll hear something a bit more concrete and reliable soon. For the time being, we'll go back to Criterion's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered - a personal favourite.

  • Remaster the first most wanted... That is all
  • Not a remaster a from ground remake would be amazing for Most Wanted:-) But even if not, with Criterion on board it will probably be day one buy.
  • Underground 3 yet?
  • @Dirty

    Lol, I doubt it. I wish.. but I doubt
  • aren't they remaking underground 2? sure i saw that somewhere i while ago.
  • Bad Company 3 and Underground 3. We'll probably never see them..
  • Jeez people really still want to play NFS games!? I thought that franchise and its fanbase died a long time ago when Forza Horizon took the market...
  • Really need to go back to basics with this series (underground)
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