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Tech & Science EA reassigns future Need for Speed projects to Burnout developer Criterion Games

14:55  14 february  2020
14:55  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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EA says future games in the Need for Speed series will be developed by Criterion Games , known for Burnout and Star Wars Personally, I felt that 2012’s Most Wanted was a high point in the series because it felt like a spiritual sequel to Burnout , while maintaining the identity of Need for Speed .

The Need for Speed franchise has returned to Criterion Games , EA has announced. Publishing behemoth Electronic Arts has announced that future Need for Speed games will be developed by Burnout studio Criterion Games . The current developer of the series, Ghost Games , is being

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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, according to GamesIndustry.biz.

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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Personally, I felt that 2012’s Most Wanted was a high point in the series because it felt like a spiritual sequel to Burnout, while maintaining the identity of Need for Speed. Meanwhile, my editor Sean says 2005’s Most Wanted was his everything and refuses to acknowledge the sequel. But because Criterion’s Burnout 3: Takedown is his favorite racer of all time, both of us are actually pretty excited to see what the studio does with Need for Speed now.

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Need for Speed fans, rejoice: Electronic Arts ( EA ) is giving the long-running racing franchise back to Criterion Games . "With a strong history and passion for racing games and vision for what we can create, the Criterion team is going to take Need for Speed into the next-generation," an EA .

After eight years away, EA is returning the Need for Speed franchise to Burnout developer Criterion Games . Current franchise leader Ghost Games is set to All of this leaves Ghost Games to refocus, as the studio becomes an engineering hub supporting development across EA 's other projects .

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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