No Need For Speed this year as Battlefield goes full throttle

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According to EA, a new Need For Speed is being put on the back burner because the expertise of Criterion Games is needed elsewhere. EA Studios boss Laura Miele calls it a ‘bold move’, but the guys and gals at DICE really, really need some help with the development of the next Battlefield game.

Sure enough, the shifting around has got everything to do with the COVID-19 pandemic, making it a bitch to get big AAA-games done. Developing something huge as a Battlefield game is hard enough as it is. Throwing together a huge first-person shooter doesn’t really get any easier when you have to do it from home. Therefore, EA rounded up the troops at Criterion to ditch Need For Speed for now and to assist in finishing the unannounced Battlefield game, which is slated for 2021. But why should you take my word for it? Here’s how Miele put it.


“[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.”


This means that the only racing that Criterion will do, is racing this Battlefield – which should be totally amazeballs and a ‘love letter to the fans’ according to Miele – to the end. Eventually, we have to trust her judgment on this, since we haven’t even seen an announcement of any kind. “Fans are going to love it”, says Miele, but we would like to be the judge of that. So hurry up with that announcement already!

If you’d like to read the entire statement made by Laura Miele, I’ll point you in the general direction. Just follow this link, would you kindly?