It’s been what, a few months since Criterion released Need for Speed Unbound? Well, as it turns out, the UK-based developer certainly isn’t keen to hang around with its next installment in the racing saga, as proven by a new job posting over on its LinkedIn handle.
It was bound to happen sooner or later — another addition to the acclaimed racing series. But that’s not the point. Fact is, fans of the franchise had it in their minds that Criterion wouldn’t be starting work on a new installment for a couple of years or so. Of course, that turned out to be wrong. So very, very wrong.
Spotted earlier this week over on the job posting page, Criterion made it clear that it was on the hunt for a World Artist—a position that would have its applicant working to build an open world setting for the next Need for Speed entry. And while that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be coming out at any point in the next year or so, the fact is, it’s definitely happening — and Criterion certainty isn’t holding back on moving away from the recently released Unbound chapter, either.
The Next Need for Speed Will Be Open-World
“With a proud history working on beloved franchises including Battlefield, Star Wars Battlefront and Burnout, we're now challenging the conventions of the racing genre to take the Need For Speed franchise to the next level,” reads the job listing. “We are looking for an experienced World Artist to help us on our new and exciting endeavour to create an open world offering the player a fast, visceral and authentic experience.”
So, there you have it; there’s a new Need for Speed game in the works, and it’ll be booting up on consoles and PC at some point in the distant future. For more updates on the matter, be sure to check in with the team’s official social feed here.
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