After much confusion about whether Need for Speed is being shut or not, a new information has come to light :
It seems NFS is indeed alive but is changing hands. Joystiq Reports:
We’ve received a tip from someone a purported EA employ who wishes to remain anonymous. According to this source, the Need for Speed series isn’t shutting down — but EA Black Box, the development team behind recent entries into the series, “most likely” is. The source explains that EA not only scrapped their plans to open up a new studio in Vancouver, but that they also decided to close Black Box, moving the NFS and Skate teams to their much larger Burnaby studios.
The source further details the fate of Need for Speed — he claims that one of the next entries into the series will be developed by the EA-owned Criterion Games, and will likely use the engine of their racing series, Burnout. He also claims that there are three different teams within Black Box that are responsible for developing Need for Speed titles (which is how they’re able to release a new NFS title every year) — though these three teams will likely consolidate into one, leading to less NFS releases, more continuity between said releases, and, ultimately, drastic downsizing for the NFS teams.
If this is indeed true I gotta say that NFS fans are in for a huge treat . Because Criterion knows how to create games that are too addictive! I’ve been a fan of their racing title “Burnout” ,which is a console-exclusive game. They are also famous for PS2/xBox first person shooter “Black”.