Unannounced Need for Speed put on hold as layoffs hit EA UK studio

Staff rumored to help Dead Space developer Visceral on new Battlefield game.

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Electronic Art's Ghost Games studio in the UK, developer of the recently released Need for Speed: Rivals, was hit with layoffs this week, and an unannounced Need for Speed title it was working on has been put on hold.

According to a report by Polygon, EA let go of the contractors at the studio and offered full-time employees to either accept compensation, or to continue working from the office to support Dead Space developer Visceral.

Visceral is rumored to be working on a military shooter, who Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter previously suggested may become a brand extension for the Battlefield franchise. According the Polygon's report, this is a police-themed game code-named Havana, and is due out later this year.

Earlier this month we reported that Criterion Games founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry had left EA's Burnout and Need for Speed studio. Prior to their departure, Criterion Games was reduced to a headcount of 16 people, when most of its employees joined Ghost Games to work on Need for Speed: Rivals.

Discussion

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Trausti Geir Jónasson
Trausti Geir Jónasson

Right... Safe to assume that the following can be advised to any and all aspiring game-studios out there: Stay away from EA...FOREVER!

Replen
Replen

Suprised at the decision to delay the NFS title.  How many people does it take to cut and paste old Burnout titles?

rufusamatrix
rufusamatrix

"clap clap" Well done EA, another great studio expertly decimated. Eyeing the Worst in America prize early aren't we? well you've earned it, third in a row. Well done "clap clap"


So who's next? Visceral? DICE? maybe Bioware since their decimation is already in "production". Can't wait...! 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Wow. EA really can't get their ducks in a row. So is there a studio actually working on a NFS game right now? Surely it'd be unprecedented if there isn't. 

Tozinho Gonçalves
Tozinho Gonçalves

Have no idea if it was good or not. As soon as I install a driving game that doesn't give the option to shift...it's uninstalled immediately.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

This game for the pc was an absolute abomination.  People who had AMD gpu could not play the game in full screen, no support for any device other than xbox360, and you couldn't remap any of the button either.  The game is also capped at 30 fps.  In a racing game, that makes absolutely no sense.  The game is so bad that it's been dropping about $1 ever day on Amazon.  I'm glad Ghost is going out of business since they no longer provide any support for this game.

Varun Tyagi
Varun Tyagi

Oh, this reminded me NOT TO WORK FOR EA EVER.

bafalcon
bafalcon

DOn't need another Underground, the first 2 were crap. The Run was average at best, Most wanted 2005 was one of the best but the best one was Hot Pursuit 2 in 2002 and The PS2 version was the better version. They Should make HP3 in similar game play to HP2

Gen007
Gen007

Sounds like EA straight butchered criterion which is par for the course i guess. Man EA just has an amazing track record of taking a studio known for making great games and then all of the sudden all they are capable of is crap.

Bart Goossens
Bart Goossens

Rivals is great but for multiplayer i like the old. Ones :-) because of the online :-)

Danish Mumtaz Mirza
Danish Mumtaz Mirza

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) is the best need for speed ever...

Stephen Mccourt
Stephen Mccourt

Rivals was decent ok it cud av been better but compare it to the run and underground the graphics were good remember its only the start of this gen but I really think its time for burnout paradise 2 so cmon ea do the right thing for once

Nedyalko Altanov
Nedyalko Altanov

Nope, I care more about the gameplay. Carbon is not even in the Top 10 NFS games. The NFS classics are games like Hot Pursuit (1998), Porsche (2000), and Most Wanted (2005). All those years later, I don't really remember anything from the story of Most Wanted, but I remember its great gameplay.

playstationzone
playstationzone

Well Need For speed has failed and makers of dead Space making new title so really EA Games Dead Space series long dead.  Next this people who lost there jobs should sue EA Games every penny they have.

Reinier Montes
Reinier Montes

I feel bad for all those workers who got laid of is kind of hard to look for another job

Jessy Tatum
Jessy Tatum

Too bad Sony beat them to the punch on it. LOL

Chaos_1990
Chaos_1990

Just make NFS Underground 3 dammit...

Jordan Lenards
Jordan Lenards

Probably because rivals was an incredibly underwhelming game.

Dario Vukmanović
Dario Vukmanović

thank you! that my point exactly right there. couldn't said that better myself :)

Dario Vukmanović
Dario Vukmanović

bf4: graphics great, multiplayer good, story so-so it a beautiful game. but it didn't had that effect me like CoD did when Gaz or Ghost were killed, or Soap. The story is 50 per cent of a game no matter is it simul. fps or strategy

Dario Vukmanović
Dario Vukmanović

and it won't detect my gamepad, only keyboard... I don't have to say that sucks. cause it does :)

Dario Vukmanović
Dario Vukmanović

Nedyalko those two game are the same!!! you drove them because you have nothing better to do... they do look better, but that's not what makes a good game. hell they used BF4 engine do do rivals and rivals sucks big time compared to BF4. John my point exactly, you just drive around, pick points that gets you a new car.. you don't even have to buy one and slowly upgrade it to street racing machine so that you can take down some boss. and you can't do any "I want my car to look like this" visual upgrades. tuning under hood is also gone after Shift series. I love to have some cut scenes now and then to see this little movie plot they use to make. that makes me wanna beat that sucker for taking shite to "my" face... And Nedyalko don't disrespect Carbon it one of the best NFS ever you are just a graphics gamer, you have no respect for a classic...

Nick Preveza
Nick Preveza

The game was good ,though , also its pretty cheap on retailers .

John Foster
John Foster

^Heavily arguable, most people either play a game for the story. Or in the case of FPS for online. Rivals doesn't have the multiplayer scope (By which i mean there isnt millions of people buying it strictly for online) of BF or Cod franchises. And the customization of these current gen racing games are just about as good as last gen customization. So they either need to bring a solid story to the foundation, or expect to fail like they currently are.

Jeo Guererro Ovidio Perez
Jeo Guererro Ovidio Perez

to be honest I love all these new need for speed games I enjoy them but I honestly don't think that they can be compared to the underground ones man only if they brought that game back customizing ur rides I mean wth happen tho

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

Buhbye Evil Arseholes hope you enjoy floating down the shitter with a nice wafty turd for a life raft.  Don't forget to take Micro$hits and Craptivision Blahzerd with you.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

nfs rivals sucked ,  it takes or ever to load ,   and ,  ya   it does not play like the original and that is what  i liked,  pick a track set the laps cops on or off 2 player /4 player ,  splitscreen ,     lot of cars and thats it , no  gta type bs where ya gotta drive to events and shit ,  rivals sucked ,   not even as good as mw on the wiu  

Tom Vega
Tom Vega

Dario Vukmanović is actually right. Most Wanted and Carbon had story lines and even soundtracks that made the races fun and worth winning. Still looking for motivation to finish this game. The paying public is getting tired of copy cat games. Listen up sports game franchises, shooters, MMOGs.

Cameron Lale
Cameron Lale

Probably said they didn't want to release an unfinished product. So EA was having none of that.

euphoric666
euphoric666

You are so right, i still play almost everyday... best need for speed ever made, best multiplayer ever created, i love the  pre-game lobby and spectator mode... it creates a sense of rivalry so big between the players, and miss this

on these new NFS games.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

It was a fantastic game that I lost many, many hours on, but saying it's the best ever depends entirely on what you're looking for in your racing game. I personally wouldn't argue with some who thought Underground was the best.

iamllamapie
iamllamapie

@limelight022  I'm hoping my first game will be a shmup. Just thinking on what it's main gameplay "gimmick" could be

Faye_Tallity
Faye_Tallity

Hey! Stick to the topic, or get reported!