Need for Speed Development Moves Back to Criterion


The Need for Speed franchise is reversing again to the studio that it was primarily based at, with the publishers at EA deciding to rejig which builders are engaged on the enduring racing sequence. The Sweden-based Ghost Games developed final yr’s Need for Speed Heat game, however they will not be returning to work on the subsequent entry within the franchise.

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Instead, the UK-based group from Criterion Games will probably be stepping again into the fold to take custody of the Need for Speed sequence. Criterion beforehand developed quite a few installments within the franchise, beginning with 2010’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. The final game within the sequence that Criterion labored on was Need for Speed: Rivals, which they really co-developed with Ghost Games. That was the final game earlier than Ghost Games took the wheel.

The motive why EA is now gear-shifting management of the franchise again to Criterion within the UK is definitely fairly a constructive one: they need to use the Swedish group from Ghost Games on different initiatives. EA will probably be rebranding Ghost Games as EA Gothenburg, which is definitely a moniker the studio has held earlier than, and placing them to work on varied initiatives.

EA introduced this information by GamesBusiness.biz, sharing this assertion: “The engineering expertise in our Gothenburg team, some of whom are architects of the Frostbite engine, is vital to a number of our ongoing projects, and they would remain in that location.” The outlet notes that, pending approval from the business-based authorities in Sweden, the newly-rebranded EA Gothenburg “will refocus itself as an engineering hub supporting development across EA’s portfolio.”

The EA spokesperson quotes by GamesBusiness.biz additionally notes that, “Outside of the engineers and those that we plan to transfer to other positions, there would be 30 additional staff in Gothenburg, and we would hope to place as many of them as possible into other roles in the company.” Here’s hoping that no one has to undergo redundancy or a painful relocation as a result of of this enterprise transfer from EA.

Criterion would be the builders getting the subsequent Need for Speed game over the end line, then, not that we all know but what that game will probably be precisely. The launch of Need for Speed Heat was just a few months in the past, so it might be a short while till the subsequent entry is formally introduced. Either method, we’ll be sure you preserve you posted with all the massive information popping out of EA.

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