Electronic Arts has not finished shuffling around its studios and projects for 2021 yet. EA has now announced that they are delaying the next Need For Speed game so that Criterion can help Dice with the next Battlefield game. The NFS series will not be closed, and the redistribution is only temporary, says EA, partly to relieve the pressure created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The next Battlefield game has not got a proper title announced yet, nor do we know the setting. It would have seemed possible that we got to see something about it last summer during EA’s video showcase event, but the little glimpse we got of it was disappointing.
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EA has decided to call in the criterion for the assistance, a decision that Miele assures was made with the studio’s input. They are probably better known for burnout and now Need For Speed, but EA says that their experience made them the right people to get involved.
“They have been working on [Star Wars] Battlefront, they’ve worked on Battlefields, and they have a very close, close partnership with Dice. I’m very confident that this is going to be a pretty positive win for them. ”
While Criterion is out on the battlefield, EA will still have racing games due to their recent acquisition of Codemasters. Need For Speed will not be canceled or handed over to Codies, says EA. Rather, letting the Dirt and F1 developers continue to do the racing game allows Criterion to get stuck on Battlefield and come back later.
In EA’s own announcement, Miele says that Codemasters will have more launches next year. Criterium is now expected to launch its next Need For Speed game in EA’s financial year 2023.
“We recently saw the first version of the revealing trailer for Battlefield, and it’s shaping up to be a really great first look at this groundbreaking game,” says Miele. “I think fans are going to love it!”
Over the past week, we have received news that EA is doing quite a bit in adjusting development priorities. BioWare announced that they would discontinue continued work with Anthem to focus on upcoming Mass Effect and Dragon Age games. EA has reportedly also canceled the project Gaia, an unannounced action game that Motive Studios had been working on for years.