Not too much of a huge surprise, as Electronic Arts earlier this month told everyone it'd be publishing another Need For Speed title in the final three months of the year, and everyone figured that would be Need For Speed: Most Wanted 2. Yesterday, IGN reported that an EA E3 booth schedule being sent around confirms the game will be shown in Los Angeles.

It may not carry the '2' designation; it could be a reboot. But "Most Wanted" is in the title, according to IGN. As a consumer that suits me fine. I greatly enjoyed the first one, and still have a copy on the Xbox 360.

The franchise's street-racing line has had a choppy history: Most Wanted (2005) was good, Carbon (2006) was OK. Undercover (2008) was bad, Hot Pursuit (2010) was very good, The Run (2011) was bad. If the pattern holds maybe we get a great Most Wanted. The name is enough to lure me back for a look—especially if it's playable at E3. Whatever we see there, we'll report of course.

Expect EA to say something about this game on stage a week from tomorrow.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted Outed by E3 Schedule [IGN]