EA producer Alan Baker is based out of EA's recently opened Gothenburg, Sweden studio. He is also, apparently, working on the Need for Speed franchise as a producer, as Videogamer
discovered. Whether that means a Need for Speed game is in the works at EA's Gothenburg studio is another question altogether, and one that doesn't have a clear answer just yet.
Baker lists user interface and Autolog as his production responsibilities, and only says he's "working on the best racing franchise ever" – not that he's heading up production of another NFS franchise entry. In fact, Criterion VP Alex Ward said back at E3
that the NFS franchise is, "definitely a Criterion gig now" – a reference to this year's Need for Speed: Most Wanted
– and that "it's not going to be spread anymore across different companies."
When EA opened its Gothenburg studio back in March, its responsibilities were announced as
, "focused on making a new generation of games using the Frostbite 2 engine." The currently-in-production NFS: Most Wanted
doesn't run on the Frostbite 2 engine, but EA's previous NFS entry, The Run
, did. The mystery continues, but it's certain that something
Need for Speed is being worked on at EA's Gothenburg studio. We've asked EA for more and will update this post if the company says anything.