Need For Speed: EA moves development back to Criterion ahead of next-gen consoles
The NFS franchise will be back in familiar hands when the PS5 and Xbox Series X arrive.
Need For Speed is one of the most iconic racing franchises across all of gaming.
First released in 1994, the series hit its peak in the early 2000s and has been chasing that magic ever since.
Ghost Games, who have been in charge of the franchise for the past four titles, is getting downsized and refocusing on engineering. As the home of EA’s Frostbite Engine it will still play a huge part in the company, but Need For Speed is moving back to the UK.
Criterion take over for the next-gen NFS
UK developers Criterion, best known for the Burnout series, have handled Need For Speed before.
The move comes ahead of the release of the next-gen consoles.
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So the move to a more creative-driven team should be a shot-in-the-arm for the series ahead of the switch to new hardware.
We are hopeful this move can see NFS recapture the magic it used to have and return the franchise to the top of the racing heap.