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EA will move Need for Speed development back to Criterion

From GI.biz: "EA will return the Need for Speed franchise to UK games studio Criterion.

Current franchise leader Ghost Games in Gothenburg is set to become EA Gothenburg once again (pending Swedish Union approval). The studio will refocus itself as an engineering hub supporting development across EA's portfolio. EA told GamesIndustry.biz that: "The engineering expertise in our Gothenburg team, some of whom are architects of the Frostbite engine, is vital to a number of our ongoing projects, and they would remain in that location."

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Marcello49d ago

We want another Burnout!! Remaster Takedown and/or Revenge please! Give us VR versions.

AnubisG49d ago

I would love a Burnout Paradise 2. My favorite Burnout was Paradise.

darthv7249d ago (Edited 49d ago )

Their game will be called "Need For Speed: Burnout"

JustTheFax49d ago

Burnout 3 Takedown literally changed my life. The soundtrack was amazing, as was the game!

Godmars29049d ago

Is there an actual Criterion to go back to, or is it just a front name for a group of unaffiliated devs?

coolbeans49d ago

More of the latter, but there's potential to bring some of the OG team back.

JustTheFax49d ago

The people that worked on Burnout are at Three Fields Entertainment now, working on the Dangerous Driving series.

LucasRuinedChildhood49d ago

That's only a small handful of people from the full team

JustTheFax49d ago (Edited 49d ago )

Yeah, the people that matter, the two people who founded criterion, and the director of the burnout series.

KaiPow49d ago

Hopefully this means more combat, ala Rivals/Hot Pursuit.

LucasRuinedChildhood49d ago (Edited 49d ago )

Yes. This is a wise move on EA's part. There was barely an ounce of fun in Ghost Games' NFS games (terrible handling, insane rubberbanding in NFS 2015, etc). Hot Pursuit was incredible and Most Wanted 2012 probably shouldn't have been called MW but it was a ton of fun. Hopefully, we'll get a Burnout game as well.

Dirtnapstor49d ago

Hello Burnout! Welcome home!!!

RaidenBlack49d ago

Dunno about the current devs credibility but still a great news.

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