Fans of the Need for Speed series will have to wait at least another year before getting their hands on the new chapter in the works at Criterion Games. In the last few hours Electronic Arts has announced that the British team will use its resources to support DICE in the development of Battlefield 6.
“Our new Battlefield game promises to be a great game, not just for this year but also for the future of the brand […] The team has done an incredible job despite the hardships of working from home. We want build around our position of strength, focus on the opportunities in front of us and lead our game makers to success by delivering the best possible experience to players. So, we'll make a bold move: Criterion will join DICE and DICE LA to focus on Battlefield. We are confident that this partnership will improve the quality of the game. "
Battlefield 6 is scheduled for release Autumn 2021, with a first official announcement coming during the Spring.
Always according to Miele's words, the recent acquisition of Codemasters has greatly facilitated this new change of strategy, with the next titles coming from the F1 and Dirt team that will guarantee EA further earnings in the course of fiscal year 2022. Criterion, on the other hand, will be given more time to improve quality of their upcoming Need for Speed ahead of fiscal 2023.