Criterion absorb a Codemasters Studio to work On Need For Speed

Criterion Games have confirmed that they have absorbed Codemasters Studio to work on the development of the new Need for Speed.

According to IGN, Codemasters' Cheshire studio was been building a "close partnership" with Criterion Games for the past few months, and will now be a part of the Need For Speed development.

A statement from Codemasters on Twitter read: "We can confirm Criterion Games and the development team at Codemasters Cheshire are officially coming together to create the future of Need for Speed, 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."

It seems that the pedal has firmly been pushed to speed up development, after Need For Speed left waiting for development on Battlefield 2042 to wrap up.

There has not been much of an update on the next instalment of the game as yet, with the announcement back in February 2020 that Criterion would take over development after Ghost Games' run off three NFS titles.

Criterion previously developed Need for Speed: Most Wanted in 2012, and is renowned for their popular Burnout series.