A Codemasters studio merged with Criterion to develop a new Need For Speed


Codemasters Cheshire was absorbed by Criterion Games to develop new Need For Speed ​​games.

EA announced in March 2021 that it was delaying its next Need For Speed ​​game from 2021 to 2022 so Criterion could focus on developing Battlefield 2042 alongside DICE. Then earlier this week, EA confirmed in its financial results that it expected to release a new Need For Speed ​​this year, as well as revealing that it has four unknown games slated for release between January 2023 and March 2023. Now, We have an update on the future of the franchise.

“We can confirm that Criterion Games and the development team at Codemasters Cheshire are officially teaming up to create the future of Need For Speed, forming a Criterion studio with two location hubs,” Codemasters writes in a series of tweets. “This integration builds on the close partnership that the two studios have developed over the past few months. Sharing common values ​​and similar cultures, we strongly believe that unifying the enormous wealth of knowledge from both teams will help us deliver the best racing experiences we can for our players.”

Now, as you can see from the tweets above, Codemasters doesn’t quite say that and Criterion is working on Need For Speed ​​which is set to release this year. It wouldn’t be surprising if this new studio team were doing just that, but as it stands in these tweets, it looks like the merged studio is looking to the future of the Need For Speed ​​franchise.

Personally, I’m hoping the future will include a return to the Underground series or maybe just a remaster of the first Underground – whatever it takes to hear Lil Jon’s “Get Low” again while driving through a neon-lit night city, to be honest.


What do you hope to see in the future for Need For Speed? Let us know in the comments below!




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