Need For Speed Franchise Going Back to Criterio
Electronic Arts makes a U-turn returning Need for Speed to developer Criterion Games through company restructuring.
Criterion Games, which is best known for creating the Burnout franchise, developed Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit in 2010 and Need For Speed: Most Wanted in 2012 8212; the franchise 8217;s most critically well-received titles.
Now, Ghost Games faces downsizing amid the latest shakeup, and the two studios will switch roles as Ghost Games becomes an engineering hub providing support for EA projects. It will also return to its original name, EA Gothenburg, and parent-company EA plans to move part of Ghost Games 8217; creative team to Criterion.
The decision essentially reverses the company 8217;s 2013 restructuring, which EA addressed in a recent interview.
Location played a large part in the decision, according to EA, which confessed it struggled to find the necessary talent in Gothenburg compared to Guilford, where Criterion is based.
「Despite our best efforts to establish an independent development group in Gothenburg over several years, it 8217;s become clear that the breadth of talent we need to maintain a full AAA studio is just not available to us there.」
Digital Trends reached out to EA for comment and we 8217;ll update the story when we hear back.标签：