Codemasters Cheshire has officially announced that it is merging with Criterion Games to work on Need for Speed collectively as part of a single studio. Going forward, Codemasters Cheshire will be folded into Criterion, which will have two development sites in the UK. Criterion will remain in Guildford while Codemasters will stay in Cheshire to form “one Criterion studio,” Codemasters said in a tweet thread today.
“This integration builds off the close partnership the two studios have developed over the past few months,” Codemasters said. “Sharing common values and similar cultures, we strongly believe unifying the huge wealth of expertise across both teams will help us to deliver the best racing experiences we can for players.”
EA acquired Codemasters for $1.2 billion in 2020, and many expected that the studio would one day merge with EA’s other big racing-focused team, Criterion. It’s not immediately clear what, if anything, this merger means for the future of Codemasters’ franchises, such as F1, Grid, and Project Cars.
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