Ghost Games, the EA owned development team behind the most recent Need for Speed Rivals, has been hit with layoffs. In addition to the loss of jobs, Ghost Games has shelved the next unannounced Need for Speed game. Ghost Games is currently the custodians of the franchise, so what this means for the future of the racing series is uncertain at this point.
Ghost Games was primarily made up of Criterion staff members who were moved across to the new studio to continue work on the Need for Speed franchise. Some weeks back, Criterion’s co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry left their company.
Electronic Arts says that they have “entered a consultation period for some positions in our Ghost Games U.K. studio,” but all contractual developers have been let go, and permanent Ghost Game employees have been given the option to leave with compensation or stay and aid the development of Visceral Games’ current project. That current project is rumoured to be a police-themed Battlefield game.