After seven years the series Need for Speed Return s Criterion, its previous developer. For the past seven years, the famous racing game franchise had been run by Ghost Games (renamed EA Gothenburg). Need for Speed: Rivals, developed with the help of Criterion, was the most solid voice in the series, followed by a remake of the original that would probably have been a good title if it hadn't been for the performance and the resulting problems from the obligation to be always connected.
The last game of the study was Need for Speed: Heat. According to many of the best ever made. EA has struggled to attract the right people to Gothenburg, he reports GamesIndustry.biz, while Criterion seems to be a more tempting destination. It is located in Guildford in England, home to other renowned studios including: Hello Games, Supermassive and Media Molecule.
A few developers will remain in the renamed studio, other team members will be transferred to Criterion and other studios within EA.
"With a strong history and passion for racing games and the vision of what we can create, the Criterion team will take Need for Speed to new horizons in the next generation", said EA.
Criterion will be able to give Need for Speed the right lifeblood to oust the exclusive Forza series from Microsoft from the throne.
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