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Majority of Criterion to Become Ghost Games U.K., Only 15 to Remain at Studio

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Posted on September 16, 2013 AT 10:56am

The majority of Criterion Games’ crew will become Ghost Games U.K upon completion of Need for Speed: Rivals, Criterion creative director Alex Ward revealed in a series of Tweets this past Friday.

According to Ward, most of Criterion was “committed to helping on Rivals,” but the few that chose not to began work on a new IP unrelated to Need for Speed. In the wake of the some 60-65 employees who will form Ghost Games U.K., Criterion is left only with 15 developers. But Ward says this is the way the studio wants it.

“We would rather work on a small team all focused on gameplay rather than a huge team split by discipline,” he wrote in a tweet.

In August, Ghost Games head Marcus Nilsson revealed that the studio would be taking complete control of the Need for Speed franchise.

Need for Speed: Rivals launches on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 November 19 in North America and Europe. Its next-gen versions will launch alongside the PS4 and Xbox One November 15 (November 29 in Europe) and November 22 respectively.

Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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