This console generation's second Need for Speed: Most Wanted was shown off at EA's E3 press conference in Los Angeles this afternoon. Ports of the game for iPad, iPhone, and Android were confirmed after the event via press release.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted, on consoles at least, is being developed by Criterion. It will feature an open world, licensed vehicles, and of course, races, chases and dramatic crashes. We've included its debut trailer below.

"Criterion is shaking up the franchise with Need for Speed Most Wanted," Criterion producer Matt Webster said in a press release. "This is Most Wanted for a new generation of players. We've brought everything we know about racing, chasing and exploration and smashed them together in a highly connected open world automotive experience."

"Whether driving solo or racing with friends in our amazing new multiplayer experience, Autolog fires up competition out of everything as players compete to be most wanted amongst their friends," he said.

EA didn't provide any hard, mechanical details about Most Wanted mobile in either its conference or its press release. If we had to guess, we'd say that the mobile version will be a boiled down take, similar to the other Need for Speed games that have appeared on iPhone and iPad. But that's just a guess.

The console version of Most Wanted is slated to hit October 30, 2012. Expect to see this version at some point immediately before or after. There's also a chance that Criterion is behind the mobile ports. It handled Burnout - Crash, after all.

We'll check in and see if we can learn more as the show progresses.

  • samuel.corbin

    I think I'm dreaming...

  • iJoashFoo

    I almost thought this was going to be a port of the awesome 2005 console version. Sigh..

  • Jacob007

    Im definitely picking this one up!

  • Keven St-pierre

    ok but WHERE IS THE RUN XD....WHERE !!

    • silversabeast

      You do know that was canceled a WHILE ago, right?

      • Keven St-pierre

        i know im sarcastic...bf3 afthershock too

  • swarmster

    Ick. I wish Criterion would get over their obsession with open worlds. minimap racing is not fun. Give me proper Burnout tracks any day.

    On the brighter side, an iOS port at least has some hope of being track-based. Or maybe top-down like Crash - just making the whole game a giant minimap, rather than pretending people have any time to glance away from it.

    • AgreedTech

      If you are tired of mini-map racing, just play NFS Hot Pursuit.

  • oliath

    I'm still waiting for The Run which was announced with screen grabs ages ago by EA.
    I've lost a huge amount of faith in those guys ability to produce a decent IOS game recently!

  • basshead27

    Just give Burnout Revenge 2

  • HBW

    What was at the end w/ tha 2 skylines?

  • VeiraGames

    Every NFS games on iOS only has tilt controls. They better not do the same with Most Wanted

  • Jordan Dixon

    EA cancelled 'The Run' for iOS. They said they were going to spend their time on something bigger.

  • apolloa

    This is confusing? When EA brought Firemint, they stated the studio was going to work on something very special for mobile, possibly a NFS game, but this seems like just a standard port? 
    Has the talent in Firemint now gone to waste and are bound to releasing updated to Real Racing 2 or is EA going to actually let them make 'something special'? Cause it's been over a year now since they buyout.

  • Shadab Hussain

    Buying EA ios games wasted my money many times hope this would worthy 

    • Jacob007

      This is EA's game and you still have hope? What an optimistic man.

  • Jagpreet Singh

    When Its Release

  • stormchild

    You guys are really looking for "mechanical details" about a game for a platform with no moving parts?