Electronic Arts has merged Codemasters’ Cheshire studio with Criterion Games to form a larger team to work on the future of the Need for Speed franchise, GamesIndustry.biz announced on Thursday.
This follows EA’s acquisition of Codemasters in 2021, although only the Cheshire studio is merging with Criterion. Codemasters has several other offices that will continue to work on games like the upcoming one F1 22.
Cheshire Studio was formed after Sony closed Evolution Studios in early 2016. Codemasters hired the team that had developed the MotorStorm series and Drive Club, and turned it into Codemasters Cheshire. In 2020, the Cheshire team was released dirt 5which, according to many critics, feels like a modern take on MotorStorm and has been called one of the best games to showcase the then-new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X hardware.
Corresponding the Codemasters Twitter accountThe studio merger does not mean that the two studios will combine offices, but that they will work together in separate locations.
https://www.polygon.com/23069098/new-need-for-speed-games-criterion-motorstorm-dirt-5 EA combines Criterion and Codemasters Cheshire to develop new Need for Speed games