New Need for Speed can be developed by a mixed studio of Criterion and Codemasters

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Rumors and stories in regards to the subsequent Need for Speed game have been flying down the observe for months now, so it’s good to get some concrete details about the upcoming racer. It’s not details about the title or setting, nevertheless it does give us excessive expectations for regardless of the game can be.

Codemasters is a studio with as robust racing pedigree: the groups have developed titles like Fuel, Grid, and F1 for greater than a decade now. Meanwhile, Criterion took over the Need for Speed franchise in 2010 with Hot Pursuit. Now, the 2 are combining forces. As shared by the Codemasters Twitter account, one if its studio places is being absorbed. “We can confirm Criterion Games and the development team at Codemasters Cheshire are officially coming together to create the future of Need for Speed,” it declares. This will lead to “one Criterion studio with two location hubs.”

We can affirm Criterion Games and the event workforce at Codemasters Cheshire are formally coming collectively to create the way forward for @NeedforSpeed, forming one Criterion studio with two location hubs. [1/3]

— Codemasters (@Codemasters) May 12, 2022

The merger will seemingly have zero impact on the game, because the thread goes on to say that the 2 studios have had a “close partnership over the past few months.” In different phrases, Codemasters Cheshire was already engaged on Need for Speed, so a reputation change simply made sense. Both had been below the EA banner to start with. If something, this units Criterion up for achievement with a number of studios to work on its future tasks.

The announcement comes on the heels of quite a few insider stories in regards to the subsequent Need for Speed. The new racing game is reportedly current-gen solely and releasing this vacation, after being delayed on account of Criterion’s assist of Battlefield 2042 growth. Stylistically, it’s mentioned to have “anime elements.” For all of the hypothesis, we do no less than have a launch window for the upcoming game. Need for Speed, together with 4 unannounced titles, is a part of EA’s 2022-2023 launch schedule. Reports say it’s due between October and the tip of the yr.