Need For Speed ​​2022: Criterion takes on Codemaster’s Cheshire for the next installment

business news Need For Speed ​​2022: Criterion takes on Codemaster’s Cheshire for the next installment

EA announces that Criterion will acquire Codemasters Cheshire Studio. In particular, together they will work on the development of the next Need For Speed.

Now it is official, Criterion Games merges with Codemaster’s Cheshire Studio, Electronic Arts announced today. The two studios, known for their car games, will be working on the next Need for Speed.

Two studios that smell like rubber and gasoline

We can confirm that Criterion Games and the Codemasters Cheshire development team have officially come together to build the future of Need For Speed ​​and create a Criterion Studio with two localization centers. This integration builds on the close partnership the two studios have been developing over the past few months. We share common values ​​and similar cultures, and we firmly believe that bringing together the vast experience of both teams will help us deliver the best possible racing experiences for our players.

Codemasters Cheshire, formerly Evolution Studios, will therefore be integrated into Criterion Games. Criterion is thus split into two studios in the UK: one in Frodsham in Cheshire and one in Guildford in Surrey. as a reminder Codemasters Cheshire is known for developing Onrush, DiRT 5, Driveclub and Motorstorm RC … For his part, criteria has long been a famous studio for its car games such as Burnout Revenge, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, the 2012 reboot Need for Speed: Most Wanted, or Need for Speed ​​Rivals, has collaborated with Ghost Games on several occasions. More recently, Criterion has developed the Star Wars Space Battles: Battlefront II, the Battlefield V battle royale, supporting DICE on Battlefield 2042.

Need For Speed ​​2022: Criterion takes on Codemaster's Cheshire for the next installment

The next Need For Speed ​​will benefit from their expertise

Criterion Games had to postpone development of the next episode of Need For Speed to support DICE on Battlefield 2042. Now the studio solely focused on EA’s future car game. Fans will therefore appreciate that Criterion can benefit from the expertise of the Codemasters Cheshire developers who join their team. On the other hand, note that it’s the Codemasters studio in Birmingham that manages the line of F1 games, so don’t expect this acquisition to change anything due to this franchise.

Need For Speed ​​2022: Criterion takes on Codemaster's Cheshire for the next installment

The next Need for Speed ​​hasn’t announced a release date yet, but is expected later this year, according to insiders. It’s rumored to be releasing on PC, PS5 and Xbox Series and set on the streets of a city inspired by either Miami or Chicago.

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