Need For Speed Franchise Is Finally Going To Get Its Soul Back

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Need For Speed is a game title that could give chills to every racing game enthusiast in the world. However, over the past few years, the game didn’t exactly live up to its name. Well, rejoice fans because that’s going to change now.

An EA spokesperson confirmed to GamesIndustry.biz that Need For Speed has been taken from the hands of Ghost Games and is reassigned back to Criterion Games.

Criterion Games, or the Burnout team, is the studio that developed Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit and Need For Speed: Most Wanted, which were very well-received by the fans.

“With a strong history and passion for racing games and vision for what we can create, the Criterion team is going to take Need for Speed into the next generation,” said EA to GamesIndustry.biz.

Over the years, Ghost Games gave it all to develop Need For Speed titles that would leave an impact. However, the studio was failing badly.

Even the latest title, Need For Speed: Heat didn’t live up to all the hype. Maybe because the fans already lost hope after the failure of 2015’s reboot of the game, simply titled Need For Speed and it’s successor, Need For Speed: Payback.

Anyway, Criterion Games has a lot of popular titles under its name, one of them being the destruction-focused Burnout franchise. So, we can hope that the Burnout team will get Need For Speed’s soul back.

Also, EA confirmed that it will rename Ghost Games as EA Gothenburg. There are about 30 jobs on the line, so EA will assign new creative roles to the team at Criterion and other development studios under its umbrella.

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