Criterion is personally developing the Vita version of Need for Speed Most Wanted. Good news to Vita owners who want a full console experience look no further. Criterion is in no way dumbing down the game or making any sort of cuts for the handheld version. Criterion left this comment to IGN regarding the Vita version of NFS.
This is pretty much the PS3 version of the game shoehorned onto Vita very tightly,...This is a very technically ambitious thing to do - there arenít any open-world games on Vita so far. To keep the world the same, to not make any compromises Ė thatís what weíve done.
While some developers outsource handheld versions of big franchises to enable them to focus on the home console versions, itís a testament to Criterionís commitment that it kept the project to itself.