In a press release released by Ghost Games (developer of NFS: Rivals), Executive Producer Marcus Nilsson has announced that the next Need For Speed will not come out this year, stating
“We have made the decision to not release a Need for Speed in 2014, so we can work towards a highly innovative Need for Speed in 2015. An experience built on a foundation we know you’ll greatly look forward to.”
This is surprising, given that the franchise has periodically released yearly installments since 2002. With the merging of Criterion into Ghost Games, it seemed clear that the one studio wasn’t ready to release a game so early.
The last NFS was 2013’s Rivals, or that horrible movie with Aaron Paul.