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Thursday, February 13, 2020

EA gives the reigns of future projects to Criterion games

EA says that future games in the Need for Speed series will be developed by Criterion Games, while the series’s previous developer Ghost Games will be rebranded as a support studio to aid in various projects under the EA umbrella

Criterion Games is best known for creating the Burnout series. However, the studio previously produced two games in the Need for Speed series — 2010’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and 2012’s Need for Speed: Most Wanted, which are some of the more popular installments in the franchise.

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Ghost Games took over Need for Speed in 2013 with the release of Need for Speed: Rivals, which was received well, but the next two games were met with mixed reviews. The most recent installment, Need for Speed: Heat, has fared a bit better, though.
As our sister site Polygon points out, Criterion has actually spent its recent years as a support studio for EA’s other franchises, creating the Star Wars: Battlefront series’s much-loved space battles and Battlefield V’s epic Firestorm battle royale mode. It’ll be neat to see the studio build its own games again.

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