UPDATE: Ghost Games hit with lay-offs, unannounced Need for Speed on hold – report

Saturday, 1st February 2014 15:48 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ghost Games has suffered a round of lay-offs and its unannounced Need for Speed title has been put on hold according to a report on Polygon.

NFS rivals Pagani Huayra

UPDATE: EA Has responded to VG247 regarding the Ghost Game lay-offs. A rep told us simply, “We have entered a consultation period for some positions in our Ghost Games UK studio.”

There’s still no word on the number of roles affected, or if there’s any truth to the Battlefield 5 project-share. We’ll update you if we hear more.,

ORIGINAL STORY: According to sources speaking with the site, Electronic Arts dismissed hired contractors and full-time staff were given the choice of taking compensation and leave or to stay on at the office to support development of Visceral’s rumored Battlefield title, codenamed Havana which is rumored to be released this year and have a “police” theme.

It was announced last year that Criterion Games was no longer working on the Need for Speed franchise but a new IP and Ghost Games would be in charge of the franchise for the foreseeable future after the release of Need for Speed: Rivals.

The majority of Criterion staffers moved over to Ghost Games, with studio boss Alex Ward stating that 20 team members remained to work on the new IP.

Ward and studio co-founder Fiona Sperry both announced their departure from the studio earlier this year.

EA has yet to respond to requests for comment on the report.



  1. Ireland Michael

    Looks like the series is off to a good start without Criterion!

    #1 11 months ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    This sounds like an utter mess. I just hope that EA doesn’t attempt to rush an NFS-something out half-baked at year-end in its absence.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    They were formed in 2011 and had a recent commitment to take over Need For Speed, that did not last long.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. Max Payne

    For xbox one you have Forza , for ps3 you have GT6 and PC had bad port.
    But again … 5 freaking platforms ,already built engine , very few improvements since Hot pursuit and Most wanted, no CGI or cut scenes … So what a fuck !

    #4 11 months ago
  5. Kieran

    The series has been bad after most wanted !!!! With the exception of hot pursuit. criterion recent nfs mw was a mess the handling was awful and the city was way to populated i would love another underground or a true most wanted sequel but it could be shift 3 or a new one altogether

    #5 11 months ago
  6. The_Red

    That was fast. At least Criterion had time for one Burnout (Paradise) and 2 forced NFS games before beyond virtually destroyed. Ghost Games had barely been around for 2 games and their almost gone thanks to EA’s management. Now I’m not saying NFS Rivals was great or bad or anything.

    It’s just that EA’s been on a warpath to prove itself as the worst (gaming) company in US and their managerial decisions have been nothing short of horrible.

    #6 11 months ago

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