Electronic Arts has not yet shuffled its studios and projects for 2021. EA has already announced that it is delaying the next Need For Speed game so that Criterion can help Dice with the next Battlefield game. The NFS series is not stopping and the reassignment is only temporary, EA says, in part to ease the pressure created by the Covid-19 pandemic.
An appropriate title has not yet been announced for the next Battlefield game, and we also don’t know its setting. It seemed possible to see a word about him last summer during the EA video showcase, but the little look we got was disappointing.
Despite the lack of information, EA says it is doing well. “[Battlefield] is forming great, the team is working incredibly hard, they stepped up last year and yes, we worked from home, “EA studio director Laura Miele tells Polygon.”
EA decided to call in the Assistance Criterion, a decision that Miele assures was made with the studio’s contribution. They’re probably better known for Burnout and now Need For Speed, but EA says their experience has made them the right people to get involved.
“They worked on [Star Wars] Battlefront, they’ve worked on Battlefields and have a really close, close collaboration with Dice. I am really confident that this will be a very positive victory for them. ”
While Criterion is off the battlefield, EA will still have racing games, thanks to their recent acquisition of Codemasters. Need For Speed is not canceled or transmitted to Codies, say EA. Instead of the developers of Dirt and F1 continuing to make their racing games, there is still room for Criterion to crash into Battlefield and return later.
In EA’s own announcement, Miele says Codemasters will have several launches next year. The criterion will be expected to launch its next game Need For Speed in the fiscal year 2023 of EA.
“We recently saw the first version of the Battlefield trailer, and it’s taking a really amazing first look at this groundbreaking game,” says Miele. “I think the fans will like it!”
Last week we received news about EA, which makes a lot of adjustments to development priorities. BioWare has announced that it will cancel ongoing work on Anthem to focus on the upcoming Mass Effect and Dragon Age games. EA also reportedly canceled the Gaia project, a sudden open-world action game that Motive Studios has been working on for years.