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.
“@AWiag:+60-65 people once development of Rivals is completed. Or have they become Ghost Games UK?” Yes they have.
— Alex Ward (@AlexanderJWard) September 13, 2013
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.