EA gets Criterion of Burnout Studios to work on Battlefield. But the studio has also announced that a core team will continue their work on the Need for Speed franchise.
EA Gets Criterion of Burnout Studios
Things have not been going so well with the Battlefield franchise of late, so that said, EA is bringing in some more help. The publisher stated that starting today, “Criterion is added to our world-class Battlefield studios dedicated to ushering in a new era for the franchise.”
Criterion was initially acquired by EA back in 2004 and it is best known for its work on racing games, kicking things off with Burnout just before shifting to the Need for Speed franchise of EA. But the publisher on the other hand has also utilized Criterion on a host of non-racing projects, and this is inclusive of Battlefield as well as the Star Wars Battlefront series.
What the News Of Today Means For The Franchise As A Whole
The news of Today comes as part of a restructuring that all started back in 2021, not long after the somewhat rocky launch of Battlefield 2042, thus putting the franchise under the purview of Respawn boss Vince Zampella. “Criterion’s experience with Battlefield, our technology, and building engaging experiences will have an immediate positive impact as we continue to work on Battlefield 2042, and as we continue pre-production on a connected Battlefield Universe,” Zampella in a blog announcing the news of today reportedly wrote. “There is no better studio to join us on this journey and I couldn’t be more excited.”
A Small Group Will Be Working On Need For Speed While The Other Works On Battlefield
But while the vast majority of the team will be focused on the big shooter of EA, Zampella has also stated that a very small group will work on “what’s next for Need for Speed,” which most recently got to see the launch of the cel-shaded Need for Speed Unbound in 2022. “I’m really looking forward to working with a core group as we shape what’s next for the franchise,” Zampella reveals.
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