Criterion’s Need for Speed Unbound was released last year to muted fanfare, and while it’s still receiving updates, the developer could be gearing up for the next title in the franchise. A job listing on LinkedIn for World Artist (via Insider Gaming) at the studio says it’s “now challenging the conventions of the racing genre to take the Need For Speed franchise to the next level.”
Applicants will help Criterion “on our new and exciting endeavour to create an open world offering the player a fast, visceral and authentic experience.” So for those hoping that the next Need for Speed would take a different approach, it’s looking like another open world.
Of course, while Criterion seeks applicants, development could be in an early stage. It may be some time before the next Need for Speed’s announcement and even longer before it releases. Then again, this could be the Need for Speed: Most Wanted remake that actor Simone Bailly, who played a part in the original, recently teased for release in 2024.
Time will tell, so stay tuned for more details. Need for Speed Unbound is available for Xbox Series X/S, PS5 and PC. Check out our review here.