EA's newly established Gothenburg-based studio, Ghost Games, has been given complete charge of the Need for Speed franchise, the studio has confirmed in an interview with UK gaming website, Videogamer.com
"Need For Speed needs continuity," said Marcus Nilsson, Ghost Games' boss, "now EA is thinking about the brand as Ghost owns it. It cannot go from black to white between Black Box and Criterion, and that's why we're now thinking about the brand as Ghost owns it.
"We're going to build it, we're going to build it on Frostbite 3, [and] people will see something they are familiar with every time we release the game. And I think that is the core basis of building a brand; that people know what to expect.
"Need For Speed is not going to go away, right? It's not the final or last step of that. But what you see in Rivals, a lot of those things will carry on going forward and myself and Rivals will be involved in shaping that."
Need for Speed: Rivals is is available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC from November 22nd 2013.
PS I've played it and it is rather good.