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Posted by zoozilla

Is Ghost a development studio? Never heard of them. Will be interested to see what this actually is.

Edited by snetErz

Well we got exotics, and police chases...lets see more!

Posted by whatisdelicious

@zoozilla said:

Is Ghost a development studio? Never heard of them. Will be interested to see what this actually is.

They're newly formed just to make NFS games. Seems promising now that I've seen a Criterion logo on there as well.

Edited by SoulAssassin808

Porsche is confirmed to be in Forza 5 if NFS has Ferrari, good to know!

Posted by Rirse

Enough Need for Speed, bring back Burnout!

Posted by Eribuster

And EA Black Box has been killed (or long dead).

Look at all that stuff on the camera; this is indeed the Frostbite engine.

It reads like they are trying to capture Most Wanted (2005) with Rivals. I hope they do well.

Posted by isomeri

I do love that logo treatment.

Edited by Seppli

Ferrari is back with Need for Speed. Finally.

@eribuster said:

And EA Black Box has been killed (or long dead).

Look at all that stuff on the camera; this is indeed the Frostbite engine.

It reads like they are trying to capture Most Wanted (2005) with Rivals. I hope they do well.

According to the GameInformer preview, it will be pretty much the next iteration of Criterion's take on Hot Pursuit, which suits me well, because that's my favorite racing game of recent vintage.

Posted by Bollard

@zoozilla said:

Is Ghost a development studio? Never heard of them. Will be interested to see what this actually is.

They're newly formed just to make NFS games. Seems promising now that I've seen a Criterion logo on there as well.

Info:

Rivals is being made by Ghost Games, a new studio in Sweden staffed by former developers from DICE. Ghost Games executive producer Marcus Nilsson worked on the Shift franchise and built Shift 2: Unleashed with co-workers. Criterion director Craig Sullivan is part of that team now and Nilsson calls Rivals a co-operative effort between Ghost and Criterion.

I hope this still means that Criterion can work on their own game (Burnout!). Or at the very least that "non-racing game" they wanted to make.

Posted by Killroycantkill

This game doesn't have dogs. I'M OUT!

Posted by blacklab

So many gens, so many gens

Posted by Winsord

Well, at least there's pretty much no way I could dislike it more than Most Wanted 2012.

Posted by Wikitoups

And EA Black Box has been killed (or long dead).

RIP Black Box

Posted by ma_rc_01

@eribuster said:

And EA Black Box has been killed (or long dead).

RIP Black Box

Black Box in a pine box.

Posted by MeatSim

Did they put the cars in mocap suits like Infinity Ward did with that dog?

Edited by buckybit
"BIG ASS rear spoilers!"

Nobody brought "sexy" back, as hardcore as Matt Sullivan (?) from Evolution Studios, pimpin' DRIVE CLUB like it's the hottest ho in the barn? His ignite talk during the PS4 reveal was pornographic?! If there ever was a question what people mean by "car-porn", he gave us all the answer?

Posted by kalmis

Yaawn

Posted by DirkGently

@buckybit: For a moment I confused Matt Sullivan with the Craig Sullivan from Criterion and then realised Craig would get all excited about the cars crashing instead. Like in the film Crash (the proper Cronenberg one) .

Posted by Pop

wasn't there a PSP game called rivals, oh no it was need for speed underground: rivals.

Posted by JJOR64

I did see Criterion there, but is Ghost mostly making it? Will have to sit back and see how this turns out.

Edited by Spankmealotus

@soulassassin808: That isn't the way that went down as far as I remember. While EA had the license to Porche and Turn 10 had the license to Ferrari. Turn 10 let EA use Ferarri without issue but EA were cock wads and didn't let Turn 10 use Porche until a lot of hassle and a late DLC pack for Forza 4. I may be wrong though as it was quite a while ago.

Edited by altairre

I loved Hot Pursuit but didn't care for Most Wanted at all. Hopefully this will bring me back on board again.

Posted by GaspoweR

@jjor64 said:

I did see Criterion there, but is Ghost mostly making it? Will have to sit back and see how this turns out.

I think Ghost is probably the primary developer with people Criterion possibly helping them out perhaps with streamlining the process of creating the game and using the Frostbite engine I reckon.

Edited by VibratingDonkey

I'm digging the sound of this one. Been waiting for the penny to drop and EA to finally realize that what TDU did is pretty ingenious and makes a good core concept for a Need for Speed game.

Hope it'll be fun to just drive in this NFS. That the tracks and environments aren't all industrial, urban and boring and the handling all snappy and uneventful.

Posted by CaptRocketblaze

Boy howdy them cars sure was a slidin'!

Posted by Icaria

Have been utterly unable to muster any interest in racing games since Split/Second. I loved that game but it was kind of the shark-jumping moment for arcade racers.

Edited by WeaponBoy

Ghost Games is actually EA Gothenburg renamed, which is good because there are too many EA <City Name> studios already. Also, I'd guess the 'in association with Criterion' is because Hot Pursuit and and Most Wanted were awesome and The Run was...not. I'd guess it's mostly a 'no you morons, don't do that. Ok, better, NOW MAKE IT CRASH AND EXPLODE.'

I can dream, ok?

Also, Black Box isn't technically gone, they're still there up in Vancouver, they just function as a sort of support team for other game teams (they did the driving sequences in Warfighter, for example)

edit: Actually, I was curious about what Black Box is up to these days and I ran into this:

https://www.cs.ualberta.ca/system/files/job_iip/EA.Software%20Engineer_Jawbreaker.pdf

"Jawbreaker, based at the EA Burnaby Campus, Vancouver, is part of the EA Games Label

Action Vertical. Jawbreaker has previously developed games such as Skate and NFS."

Skate and NFS? Sounds like Black Box got a rename.

Posted by radioactivez0r

What is the point of even making a video like this? It showed me absolutely nothing about the game. Might as well put out a press release.

Posted by captainanderson

Ghost Games is actually EA Gothenburg renamed, which is good because there are too many EA <City Name> studios already. Also, I'd guess the 'in association with Criterion' is because Hot Pursuit and and Most Wanted were awesome and The Run was...not. I'd guess it's mostly a 'no you morons, don't do that. Ok, better, NOW MAKE IT CRASH AND EXPLODE.'

I can dream, ok?

Also, Black Box isn't technically gone, they're still there up in Vancouver, they just function as a sort of support team for other game teams (they did the driving sequences in Warfighter, for example)

edit: Actually, I was curious about what Black Box is up to these days and I ran into this:

https://www.cs.ualberta.ca/system/files/job_iip/EA.Software%20Engineer_Jawbreaker.pdf

"Jawbreaker, based at the EA Burnaby Campus, Vancouver, is part of the EA Games Label

Action Vertical. Jawbreaker has previously developed games such as Skate and NFS."

Skate and NFS? Sounds like Black Box got a rename.

Interesting find there. I hope this means they're busy working on a new Skate game for the next gen consoles.

Posted by Silock

EA, you evil blood sucking fucks! As if you will be receiving any of my money, especially after your "Defenders of gamers" stunt where you put a stop to online passes, and failed to tell to us its because its done for you now!

PlayStation 4

Posted by MjHealy

I would club many a baby seal to see Criterion make Burnout 6. C'mon EA, you know you want to.

Edited by mcmax3000

@gaspower said:

@jjor64 said:

I did see Criterion there, but is Ghost mostly making it? Will have to sit back and see how this turns out.

I think Ghost is probably the primary developer with people Criterion possibly helping them out perhaps with streamlining the process of creating the game and using the Frostbite engine I reckon.

From Alex Ward on Twitter:

Criterion staff are helping out with the art and production. But Ghost is the developer. My group #teamZero is not involved.

https://twitter.com/AlexanderJWard/status/337596635636961281

He also said that he was involved with getting it up, and running, but hasn't been involved since last fall.

Posted by WeaponBoy

@radioactivez0r: Because you wouldn't read a press release, but you might want car-porn. So...mission successful.

Edited by Trilogy

This game doesn't have dogs. I'M OUT!

Would you be happy if we mo-capped a Greyhound Bus?!

Posted by Killroycantkill

@trilogy said:

@killroycantkill said:

This game doesn't have dogs. I'M OUT!

Would you be happy if we mo-capped a Greyhound Bus?!

You have my attention.

Edited by Dark_Lord_Spam

Is the rival Razor Callahan? Because it should be.