EA has decided to move the development of the next Need for Speed Game from Sweden to UK, and to put Criterion Games in charge once again.
One of the main reasons is that the current developer, Ghost Games, is planned to become EA Gothenburg, and its focus will be to become an engineering hub supporting development of EA’s wider portfolio.
"The engineering expertise in our Gothenburg team, some of whom are architects of the Frostbite engine, is vital to a number of our ongoing projects, and they would remain in that location," EA told GamesIndustry.biz.
When it comes to the Ghost Games creative team, EA is hoping to transfer as many of its employees as possible to Criterion, but 30 roles are at risk.
Also, another reason for this move is that EA has been having trouble finding the right talent for working on Need for Speed in Gothenburg, while Criterion is based in Guildford, one of the UK's largest game development hubs.
Ghost Games developed the last four games in the Need for Speed franchise, while Criterion was behind the development of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
"Criterion is a fantastic studio, and we're looking forward to adding to their talented team and building a great future for Need for Speed. The engineering teams in Gothenburg are also vital to our ongoing plans across EA," it is said.