It's not news that Criterion Games, the developer behind the Burnout series, is taking on development duties for October 30, 2012's Need for Speed: Most Wanted, but it seems that the studio will also be leading the charge on all future NFS titles as well. Criterion vice president Alex Ward revealed as much to Game Informer in a recent interview.
"Different studios have had a crack at it -- it's definitely a Criterion gig now," he said. The change doesn't mean that Burnout is out of the picture, however. Ward notes that Criterion will simply handle both franchises. Here's hoping the team gets back to its baby soon too; there's been no shortage of Need for Speed games in recent years, but the most recent Burnout, the critically and commercially acclaimed Burnout Paradise, was released all the way back in 2008.
To get a better sense of how Criterion's ongoing work is shaping up, take a peek at our Need for Speed: Most Wanted E3 2012 preview.