EA is reportedly delaying its upcoming Need for Speed game by a year to shift its developer, Criterion Games, towards assisting on Battlefield 6.
Speaking to Polygon, chief studio officer, Laura Miele, acknowledged that the EA Dice team developing Battlefield 6 is “working incredibly hard” from home and is becoming fatigued.
“[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, and it’s hard; it’s hard to make games from home, and the [EA DICE] team is fatigued a bit. 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.”
As a result, Criterion is being brought in to assist on the remainder of its development and help the team, and EA noted how their previous experience with the series will be a positive for them.
“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.”
Criterion will continue on Need for Speed in the future, which Miele has reportedly added will be available on last-gen and next-gen systems. She also stressed the franchise won’t be handed over to Codemasters, as Criterion owns it.
While Miele wouldn’t delve any further into Battlefield 6, she did say that they will put all the resources [they] have on this”. Sounds like Battlefield 6 is going to be one to remember!
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