A new Need for Speed has been in development, news that probably had you excited as a motorsports fan. That being said, you shouldn’t expect this to be a product to arrive soon, as it was delayed to prioritize the next Battlefield.
Electronic Arts announced that it will postpone plans to work on a new Need for Speed and, therefore, this new installment in the series will arrive a year later than expected (that is, it will be released in 2022). The above since they want Criterion Games to support EA DICE in the development of the new Battlefield, which will arrive at the end of the year and will be the debut of the saga on new generation platforms.
It is important to note that Electronic Arts clarified that this decision does not mean that the Battlefield franchise or the Need for Speed series are in trouble. In fact, once they finish supporting DICE, Criterion Games will go back to working on the new Need for Speed as it has been doing until now.
But then why was this decision made? The situation of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has caused DICE to need extra support to deliver this title. There‘s also the fact that with the Codemasters acquisition, EA has a racing game to come out this year.
“[ Battlefield ] is taking shape in a good way, the team has been working incredibly hard and put in a lot of effort last year and, yes, we have been working from home,” Laura Miele, general manager of EA studios, told Polygon. . “It’s tough, it’s tough to play games from home and the [EA DICE] team is fatigued.”
DICE HAS A VERY GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH CRITERION GAMES
It is important to note that this will not be the first time that Criterion Games has extended its hand to DICE for the development of a project. In fact, both studios have worked together on past Battlefield installments and the Star Wars Battlefront saga. This is why they have a good relationship.
On the other hand, EA ensures that before making this decision, they spoke with the members of Criterion Games about the subject. They agreed to see the positive impact they could have on the development of the next Battlefield.
“There’s no way we would have made such a decision without including [Criterion] and discussing it with them first and the impact they will have on [ Battlefield ]. They’ve worked on [ Star Wars ] Battlefront, they’ve worked on Battlefields installments, and they have a very close and collaborative relationship with DICE. I am confident that it will be a positive victory for them, “he explained.