EA and Codemasters confirmed that DIRT 5 studio Codemasters Cheshire has merged into Criterion Games to develop “the future of Need for Speed”. The two studios are under the Criterion Games name with two location hubs. No redundancies were made in the merging of studios.
Here’s what EA had to say about Codemasters Cheshire and Criterion Games below:
We can confirm Criterion Games and the development team at Codemasters Cheshire are officially coming together to create the future of NeedforSpeed, forming one Criterion studio with two location hubs.
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.
A new Need for Speed game is in development with a rumored November 2022 release window. In addition, the new game is rumored to be exclusive to next-gen consoles and PC. EA also plans to release major games in early 2023 including the new Dead Space remake. Later into 2023, a new EA Sports FC game releases following the end of the FIFA partnership.
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