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EA return Need for Speed franchise to Criterion Games

Published: 14:29, 12 February 2020
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Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)

Criterion Games, the creators of 2010's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and 2010's Need for Speed: Most Wanted will work on the future Need for Speed games after the publisher EA decided to return the franchise to the developer.

New Need for Speed game is expected sometime in 2021 and it will be developed by Criterion Games, after the publisher EA decided to move the development back to the UK-based studio. 

Last four Need for games (2013's Need for Speed Rivals, 2015's Need for Speed, 2017's Need for Speed Payback and 2019's Need for Speed Heat) have been developed by Sweden-based development team Ghost Games but EA say they struggled to attract the right talent to Gothenburg to work on the franchise.

Fortunately, the studio's creative team will be transferred to Criterion Games while Ghost Games are set to become EA Gothenburg, focusing itself as an engineering hub supporting development across EA's portfolio of games. EA told gamesindustry.biz that 30 roles still remain at risk but they hope to place as many of them as possible into other roles in the company.

Criterion Games, who are based in Guildford, one of the Uk's biggest development hubs are known for Burnout franchise as well as two Need for Speed games - 2010's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and 2012's Need for Speed: Most Wanted. 

EA are yet to reveal the details about the new Need for Speed game and they probably do not have any plans to reveal it anytime soon. Need for Speed titles usually release every two years, which means that Autumn 2021 is the best bet for the release window.

Need for Speed Heat - a racing game by Ghost and Electronic Arts

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Need For Speed Heat

Thanks, gamesindustry.biz.

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