Sure, it looks like Black Rock Studio's Split/Second is going to give Burnout Paradise a run for its money early next year; but don't think Criterion are down and out just yet — they're set to release a Need For Speed game "next year".
With Criterion at the helm, chances are the next Need For Speed game will be the serious rebirth of the franchise EA needs. Need For Speed Shift was good, but it lacked personality, something the team at Criterion have with abundance.
With the Need For Speed franchise adorning the box, perhaps it's time the excellent Criterion had their moment in the limelight. Potential to be amazing: extremely high.