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Post by Dan @ 12:19pm 03/02/14 | 0 Comments
Polygon is reporting that the upcoming unannounced Need for Speed game from developer Ghost Games has been put on hold and the only recently established UK branch of the studio in Guildford, England has suffered subsequent layoffs.
Electronic Arts earlier this week let go of their contractors at the office and told full-time staffers they could either take compensation and leave or continue working in the office to support work on Visceral's rumored police-themed Battlefield title, code-named Havana. Sources say Havana is due out later this year.
Ghost Games originally opened its doors as EA Gothenburg in Sweden, whereas the next Need for Speed game was originally said to have commenced development at fellow Electronic Arts subsidiary studio Criterion Games in Guildford -- the Burnout franchise veterans that brought us the well received Need for Speed Most Wanted and Rivals.

It was only last September that it was announced that EA had migrated over 60 staff from Criterion to a new Ghost Games branded team in Guildford and that they would now be the future stewards of the Need for Speed franchise. That move left a skeleton crew behind at Criterion, reportedly working on a new IP for EA, which was then followed a few months later by the departure of Criterion founders Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward, who left to form a new independent studio.

Polygon's report suggests that the Gothenburg branch of Ghost Games will remain the custodians of Need for Speed, but has no other word on future plans for the franchise. Need for Speed having been such a persistent franchise over the years, it's especially unusual to see the videogame series stall only months before a Need for Speed feature film is due in cinemas (the latest behind-the-scenes feature trailer for which you can watch below).

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