Electronic Arts is bringing Codemasters Cheshire and Criterion Games together to work on this Need speed Franchise.
Criterion will continue to operate out of Guildford and the Codemasters team will remain in Cheshire.
“We can confirm that Criterion Games and the Codemasters Cheshire development team are officially coming together to shape the future of Need for Speed and create a dual-hub Criterion studio.” reads a tweet from Codemasters.
“This integration builds on the close partnership that the two studios have developed over the past few months. We share common values and similar cultures and we truly believe that bringing together the vast experience of both teams will help us deliver the best possible racing experiences for our players.”
In 2020, the Need for Speed franchise was returned to Criterion, with Need for Speed Heat studio Ghost Games evolving into an “engineering hub”. Many Ghost Games employees have been transferred to Criterion.
The last game in the Need for Speed franchise developed entirely by Criterion was Need for Speed: Most Wanted, although Need for Speed Rivals co-developed it with Ghost Games, which published the last four titles in the series.
Since the release of Criterion’s last entry in the series, it has worked with DICE on Star Wars Battlefront 2, Battlefield 5, and Battlefield 6.
EA acquired Codemasters for $1.2 billion last year after making an initial offer back in December 2020. EA’s acquisition was completed in February 2021 by outbidding Take-Two.
Regarding Need for Speed, the next game in the series was announced as a game in development back in 2020 during EA Play Live. A teaser of the game featured two nice-looking cars, and nothing else was revealed about the title.
https://www.vg247.com/ea-unites-criterion-and-codemasters-to-work-on-the-need-for-speed-series EA brings Criterion and Codemasters together to work on the Need for Speed series