EA Has Put A Halt On The New Need For Speed To Help Deliver The Next Battlefield On Time

In a recent interview with Polygon, EA’s chief studios’ officer, Laura Miele said they will be stopping the development of the latest Need For Speed Project to help develop the next Battlefield. Criterion Games that was working on Need For Speed will now be helping out EA DICE, the development team currently working on Battlefield. If you’re a Need For Speed fan, don’t be worried because the next Need For Speed is still set for launch in 2022. If anything, you should be pleased to know that the development team that’s working on it is so good that it is needed to help out another team.

Both development teams are great developers and this call from EA had nothing to do with not being able to perform a job. This call had to do with the affect the pandemic is having on the developers. This pandemic has hit the game industry hard and not being able to easily converse and collaborate is a huge reason why game release dates keep getting pushed back.

“[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,” Miele also told Polygon. “And it’s hard; it’s hard to make games from home, and the [EA DICE] team is fatigued a bit.”

Hopefully bringing in a pit crew [Criterion Games] will help solve this issue and help launch the game on its intended release date, sometime this holiday season.

Laura Miele wanted to make sure that both fans of Need For Speed and Battlefield had nothing to worry about. Your games are safe along with its development teams. Every choice that EA has made was talked over with the development teams in advance to make sure it was in everyone’s best interest.

“There’s no way we would have made a decision like this without including [Criterion] and discussing this with them first, and the impact that they could have on [Battlefield],” Miele said. “They’ve worked on [Star Wars] Battlefront, they’ve worked on Battlefields, and they have a really tight, close collaborative partnership with DICE. I’m really confident that this is going to be a pretty positive win for them.”

Hopefully, with these two amazing teams working together, we can get a finished Battlefield in time for the holidays. With all the push backs that have happened over the past year, we will just have to wait and see. Also, who knows, maybe once Battlefield is finished EA Dice will jump aboard the Need For Speed Project and we will have two great games faster than imagined. Whatever the outcome, I’m just happy that we have amazing people working on an awesome project for us to enjoy.

Image is from Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered. A game developed by Criterion Games

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