Game Informer has posted an interview with Alex Ward, who has revealed that his studio is now taking command of the Need For Speed franchise.
"Maybe it's been that way in the past, but that's changed this year with what we're doing… Our stamp's going to be in everything you see in Need for Speed and Burnout going forward in the future. It's not going to be spread anymore across different companies. Different studios have had a crack at it - it's definitely a Criterion gig now.
"Going forward now, with Most Wanted and what we'll do in the future [will have], shall we say, a strong Criterion involvement," he explained. "I'm personally involved in how the cars drive, how the game will play out, how connected they are, and what the features are."
It sounds like they'll keep making a game for every other year, and the games made inbetween will employ Criterion tech and experts. Maybe even a second Criterion studio will be opened? (Or an existing one renamed?) Regardless, I could play Criterion games 24/7/365 so I'm way into the idea of a Criterion approved/developed game every single year.
Also, reading between the lines, it seems they're waiting for the next generation of consoles to make another Burnout game.