To investigate the need for speedseries, EA unites Criterion and Codemasters

To investigate the need for speedseries, EA unites Criterion and Codemasters

Codemasters Cheshire and Criterion Games have been combined by Electronic Arts in order to develop the Need for Speed franchise.

Guildford''s criticism will continue, and the Codemasters team will remain in Cheshire.

"We can confirm that Criterion Games and the development team at Codemasters Cheshire are officially working together to build Need for Speed''s future, including forming one Criterion studio with two location hubs," says a codemasters tweet.

"This integration builds on the close partnership between the two studios over the past few months. We strongly believe that combined the extensive knowledge we have in the two teams will help us to provide the best racing experiences we can for our competitors."

The Need for Speed franchise was transferred to Criterion in 2020, with Need for Speed Heat studio Ghost Games becoming a "engineering hub." Many of Ghost Games'' staff were relocated to Criterion.

Criterion''s fourth Need for Speed franchise was Need for Speed: Most Wanted, although it co-developed Need for Speed Rivals with Ghost Games, which released the last four titles.

Since the release of Criterion''s last feature in the series, it has worked with DICE on Star Wars Battlefront 2, Battlefield 5, and Battlefield 6.

Codemasters was bought by EA last year for $1.2 billion, following an initial offer back in December 2020. Outbidding Take-Two, the acquisition by EA was eventually finalized in February 2021.

The next game in the series, Need for Speed, was announced in 2020 during EA Play Live. Two nice-looking cars were shown, although nothing further was revealed about the title.

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