Things haven’t gone so well with him. Battlefield franchise lately, so EA is providing more help. The editor says that starting today, “Criterion adds to our world-class offering Battlefield studios dedicated to ushering in a new era for the franchise.”
Criterion was first acquired by EA in 2004 and is best known for its work on racing games, starting with exhaustion before moving to EA Need for speed franchise. But the publisher has also used Criterion on a number of non-racing projects, including Battlefield and the Star Wars Battlefront series.
Today’s news comes as part of a restructuring that began in 2021, shortly after the difficult launch of Battlefield 2042, putting the franchise under the supervision of Respawn boss Vince Zampella. “Criterion’s experience with BattlefieldOur technology and creating engaging experiences will have an immediate positive impact as we continue to work on Battlefield 2042, and as we continue pre-production in a connected Battlefield Universe,” Zampella wrote in a blog announcing today’s news. “There is no better studio to join us on this journey and I couldn’t be more excited.”
But while the majority of the team will focus on EA’s big shooter, Zampella says a small group will work on “what’s next for Need for speed”, which recently saw the launch of cel-shaded Need for unlimited speed in 2022. “I’m looking forward to working with a core group as we shape the future of the franchise,” Zampella says.