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“We can confirm Criterion Games and the development team at Codemasters Cheshire are officially coming together to create the future of Need for Speed,” Codemasters said on Thursday.
“This integration builds off the close partnership the two studios have developed over the past few months.
“Sharing common values and similar cultures, we strongly believe unifying the huge wealth of expertise across both teams will help us to deliver the best racing experiences we can for our players.”
No redundancies have been made as a result of the move, according to GamesIndustry.biz, which reports that Codemasters Birmingham continues to work on the Formula 1 franchise.
The publisher announced in February 2020 that it had handed Need for Speed development duties back to Criterion Games as it planned to restructure Ghost Games, which made the last four entries in the racing series.
Guildford-based Criterion is best known for the Burnout series and has developed two previous Need for Speed titles: 2010’s Hot Pursuit and 2012’s Most Wanted.
It also contributed to 2013’s Need for Speed Rivals and more recently to several DICE games.
EA confirmed on Tuesday that next game in the Need for Speed series will be released in the fourth quarter of 2022.
It was recently claimed that the new Need for Speed will be released in November and that EA has dropped plans for PS4 and Xbox One versions of the title.
The game will reportedly be set in a fictionalised version of Chicago called Lake Shore City and feature a photorealistic art style mixed with anime elements.