After a rough decade of our favorite game franchises getting pounded into dust with yearly sequels, it seems like game developers are starting to realize that the short term return isn’t worth destroying beloved brands over. Assassin’s Creed is taking a year off already and now so is Need for Speed.

The series had already skipped 2014 before coming out with last year’s entry, so it’s more of a continuation, but it’s still indicative of a potential trend.

Ghost Games wrote in a blog post today that they “are now building upon the foundations that have been laid with Need for Speed and delivering our next game in 2017.”

2015’s entry, simply titled Need for Speed, received free content updates through last month, even adding in some new multiplayer features in the process.

Need for Speed is a longtime fan favorite, so it’s good to see EA treating it with some respect and letting it breathe before diving back in.