Criterion Games has officially joined EA Entertainment, the half of EA in its new structure that deals with everything not EA Sports, and will focus on both the Battlefield franchise and Need For Speed.
Both series fall under the supervision of Vince Zampella, who’s new role within EA of late has been overseeing the growth of Apex Legends, Star Wars Jedi, Need For Speed and Battlefield games in each franchise.
Which is why it was Zampella delivering the news in a statement on EA’s official website, and though Criterion’s last game was Need For Speed Unbound, by the sound of it, the studio will be focusing most of its resources towards Battlefield.
“As we’ve said before, we’re all-in on Battlefield.” Zampella began. “Today, Criterion is added to our world-class Battlefield studios dedicated to ushering in a new era for the franchise. The majority of the team will be working alongside DICE, Ripple Effect, and Ridgeline that are led by Byron Beede, GM of Battlefield.”
Need For Speed fans shouldn’t worry too much, as Criterion will still work on the series, but it definitely sounds like it’ll be a while until the next one, as Zampella will be working with a “core,” which means smaller, team.
“I’m really looking forward to working with a core group as we shape what’s next for the franchise.” Zampella also dashes concerns anyone might’ve had with him working on a car game by admitting to be endowed with “a passion for cars,” and we shouldn’t look at his lack of experience with car games with any worry.
“You might not know I have a passion for cars, which also makes Criterion a perfect match for me to explore another genre in gaming that I love.”
We’ll see how this new structure works for the Need For Speed franchise when the new one releases, whenever that’ll be, but it’ll be more intriguing to see how the next Battlefield does.
EA’s chief executive officer Andrew Wilson said it himself, that Battlefield 2042 “did not meet expectations,” and EA has since put in a huge, dedicated effort to be transparent with the Battlefield community, and make 2042 the game it should have been since launch.
Now, there’s been so many fixes and updates and entire changes to how 2042 plays that it’s in a much better place, and the future of the franchise is a bright one, if we can have games as good as Battlefield 2042 is now, when they launch.
And with every studio, now Criterion included, working on Battlefield more than anything, it would be drastic if the next game where to have a launch that resembled 2042’s.
Not to mention what this could mean for every franchise under Zampella that’s not Battlefield. He makes it clear at the top of his post as he’s done before that Battlefield is the main focus.
Hopefully Zampella and EA are able to handle every spinning plate without one crashing.
Source – [EA]