EA has been making plenty of headlines this week after officially breaking off its partnership with FIFA and then revealing its upcoming games release schedule during an earnings call. One of the games coming this year is a new Need for Speed game, and it seems that Codemasters will be working on it alongside Criterion.
In a series of tweets this morning, Codemasters, which was acquired by EA in early 2021, announced that its Cheshire, UK based studio will be merging with Criterion Games to work on future Need for Speed titles. Codemasters Cheshire will now be a Criterion studio with two location hubs.
This is something that Codemasters and Criterion have been building towards for a while now. The racing game specialists at Codemasters were keen to work with Criterion on the next Need for Speed and have been closely partnered since.
While Codemasters Cheshire will now be part of Criterion, other Codemasters studios will remain in place, working on various other racing projects, like F1, Dirt and Grid.
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KitGuru Says: EA wasn't having much success with Need for Speed over the last console generation, but with Codemasters now on board and working with Criterion, the franchise may gain new life.