EA Games Focuses More on Battlefield 6, Delays Need for Speed

Published 03/01/2021, 2:34 PM EST


The last year has been great overall for the video game industry. However, developers, studios, and others associated with the industry have had to face pretty harsh working conditions in the past year. Developing a game from home is a rather demanding job, especially because of the limited resources at one’s disposal. Recently, in an interview with Polygon, Laura Miele, the chief studio officer of EA Games, spoke about this issue.

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The recent acquisition of Codemasters, the studio that brought us titles like Dirt, F1, and Grid, was quite a major move by EA Games. This acquisition guarantees that the latter will release at least one racing game every year. However, in the aforementioned interview, Laura Miele says that EA has paused its work on the upcoming Need for Speed title to work on Battlefield 6.

Fans, however, have no reason to worry about the future of either of these titles. The reason behind this move is just that EA Games feels it will be best to have Criterion focus on Battlefield 6 for the time being, rather than the upcoming Need for Speed title.

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The fact that the acquisition of Codemasters would mean the release of at least one racing game every year accentuated this decision. With Codemasters on board, EA does not need to push Criterion Games to work on two titles simultaneously. The harsh working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic last year heavily governed this decision. Laura says:

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“[Battlefield] is shaping up great, the team has been working incredibly hard, they pushed hard last year, and yes, we have been working from home.”

With the EA DICE team focusing entirely on the upcoming Battlefield title, we can surely expect something big. As Laura further adds,

“We have a great game and some incredible potential with this game… We’re playing to win; we’re playing to put a great Battlefield game out in the market.”

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Criterion Games has been a part of some of the best Need for Speed games. This decision by EA Games does not indicate Criterion’s leave from the franchise. The studio will resume its work on the next NFS title after finishing with Battlefield 6.

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Samyarup Chowdhury is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since June 2020. An avid gamer since his childhood, Samyarup has played many titles such as GTA Vice City, IGI, and FIFA, among others. Currently, he is a rather defensive fan of Valorant and the Assassin's Creed franchise.

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