Ghost Games Loses Control of the Need for Speed Franchise as Criterion Retakes the Wheel
Remember the time, when Ghost Games was given the go ahead on leading the Need for Speed franchise, and many were excited of where the developer in question can carry the series to? Me neither. Because when Ghost Games was given the green light, many were uncertain that this particular studio can do the series justice that it deserves.
Now, many years, and Need for Speed titles later, it appears that the uncertainty was warranted, as Ghost Games’ efforts where OK at their best, and absolutely catastrophic at their worst. And EA has clearly noticed this, as the publisher behind the series has announced earlier today, that the complete control of the franchise will be returned to Criterion.
Within the same press release, EA has also announced that Ghost Games, will become EA Gothenburg, and will now work as a support studio, rather than a sole developer. In addition, it has been said that many of the staff previously working on the franchise in Sweden, will now join the UK based Criterion. But despite of that fact, over 30 jobs are still at risk.
Where the Need for Speed franchise will be heading next? We just don’t know. But considering Criterion’s history, it is more than likely that the next Need for Speed title will be more akin to Hot Pursuit, rather than Carbon or Underground. But what we can say for sure, is that it is definitely still years away from hitting the shelves