Rumour: Need for Speed Underground reboot incoming

Criterion Games is rumoured to be rebooting Need for Speed: Underground for parent company EA.

In recent years the UK-based studio rebooted the Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted strands of the publisher’s racing franchise, and an anonymous source has told EGM that it’s soon to do the same with Underground. The site was sent the logo pictured and told that it came from the title's box art for the Xbox 360 version of the game.

The source also claimed that the game will be set in a new version of the Bayview location featured in Need for Speed: Underground 2. While EA declined to comment on the report, EGM says this isn’t the first time it’s received information suggesting the publisher intends to return to Underground’s urban street racing and high performance car tuning scene.


  • tuomotaivainen - April 15, 2013 9:29 a.m.

    After trying the "Reboot" of Most Wanted and seeing what they've done to Sim City (which arguably, isn't half-bad) I can confidently say that EA should leave all their IPs the fuck alone. Seriously. Stop. Making. Games. FOREVER! Let your sales drop, let yourselves die off, let your IPs get bought out by developers that actually have passion and care about the players that they make games for.
  • DerRealms - April 12, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    I could get at least 20 people to buy this game....this would be great
  • Swedish_Chef - April 12, 2013 9:13 a.m.

    I'm not surprised, they made a new Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted, this was the most obvious next step they would take. Still though I did play quite a bit of the original Underground, Most Wanted and Hot Pursuit games back in the day and a brand new completely ridiculous arcade racer, that is made by Criterion who have a lot of experience making arcade racing games and has heavilly modifiable vehicles sounds pretty good right about now. So long as executive meddling of the title by EA is kept to a minimum, I'll probably pick this up.
  • doominatorx6 - April 12, 2013 8:51 a.m.

    No. Most Wanted 2012 was crap. Bring EA Black Box back and get Criterion back on the Burnout games; it'll all they're good at.
  • db1331 - April 12, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    That's awesome news. Underground 2 is still probably my favorite racing game of all time.
  • nintendo365 - April 12, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    Dear. God. No. I seriously hope they stop ruining my favorite childhood games. Most Wanted on PS2? The Black Edition?THAT was the shit. Most Wanted on PS3? The Crap edition? That was some shit. And now Underground? Come on now just stop it. I hope they stop here and dont get to fucking around with Carbon.
  • JarkayColt - April 12, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    I'm not really a petrolhead but I have good memories of playing the original 2 games. I passed on every other NFS before and after though. Don't really know why, but I just think those games at the right time or something or other. They seemed to satisfy my thirst for...whatever it was they were satisfying. I haven't played any of Criterion's games since Paradise so if this is true, well, I'd probably give it a chance. Shame that it seems Burnout is getting tossed aside though, although I can see having both mightn't make a lot of sense (you just have to look at Battlefield and Medal of Honor to see why).
  • THETHINGABOUT - April 12, 2013 6:54 a.m.

    Oh. Hell. Yes.

Showing 1-8 of 8 comments

Join the Discussion
Add a comment (HTML tags are not allowed.)
Characters remaining: 5000