Development On New Need For Speed Put On Hold As Ghost Games Hit With Layoffs

Written by Stuart Thomas on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 4:30 PM
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Ghosts Games, the rebranded development outfit previous known as EA Gothenburg, has been hit with a number of layoffs that has forced an unannounced new Need For Speed game to be put on hold.

Earlier this week EA had to let go of its contracted staff from the office, with full-time workers being told that they can either take compensation and leave or help Visceral Games continue work on a police-themed Battlefield title, dubbed Havana…

Ghost Games was rebranded from EA Gothenburg back in 2012, and have so far released just one game, the recently launched Need For Speed: Rivals. Many of the staff worked at Criterion during the creation of the hugely successful Burnout series, as well Criterion’s iterations of the Need For Speed franchise. Just a matter of months ago Criterion founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry had left EA to begin projects elsewhere.

Around 80% of Criterion’s staff moved over to Ghost Games to continue working on the racing games, although it’s now unclear what sort of future remains for both Ghost Games and Need For Speed. An EA spokesperson remained coy on the matter, telling Polygon that the company has "entered a consultation period for some positions in our Ghost Games U.K. studio."

Is this the end of the road for Need For Speed?

Do you think Need For Speed: Rivals didn’t do well enough to justify developing a sequel?

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08:55 Mar-17-2014

Need for speed rivals was pretty amazing.

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22:08 Feb-03-2014

my favourite NFS is Underground 2.

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09:52 Feb-05-2014

you sir just deserved a thumb ^^ :Đ

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22:24 Feb-05-2014

:D

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17:54 Feb-03-2014

I don't know about others, but my favorite nfs was nfs shift because i simply like this style of racing (simulation) and also this game is very realistic, amaizing graphics and very fun. I hate those games when you have to deal with cops.

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20:38 Feb-03-2014

Why Shift, when you can try Euro Truck Simulator!! xDD
I like ETS more than NFS, to be honest.

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15:37 Feb-04-2014

umm.. I don't understand how Euro Truck Simulator simulator is relevant, its not even a racing game

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21:37 Feb-04-2014

Lol I was ironic mate ;)

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20:46 Feb-03-2014

you should try GRID 2 then ;)

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21:26 Feb-03-2014

Eh... I dont think drifting an Indycar 'round a hairpin helps its "simulation" part. :p GRID 2 had too much drifting in ordinary races for my taste.

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22:36 Feb-03-2014

I agree about the Indycars, but drifting a Camaro Z28 is just sooo pleasant :D

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07:35 Feb-04-2014

I didn't like drifting in GRID 2 at all, but overall great racing game imo :Đ

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17:32 Feb-03-2014

NFS had a few good games, but it has gone downhill. It's time to retire this franchise!

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17:53 Feb-03-2014

Or go back to their old ways, y'know... A little tuning never hurt anybody.

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10:03 Feb-03-2014

I own the NFS Collector's Series: U, U2 & MW. 3 years in a row they made great games. Then they stopped. Carbon was a letdown. It tried to continue MW, but the story was lost by the end of the game. After this, even more letdown. If EA can't make it right, they had better not make it at all. It'd be best for everyone.

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13:27 Feb-03-2014

NFS: Carbon was fine (see my gameplay video) but I agree those were the "top" and all newer NFS were crap somehow :(

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18:17 Feb-03-2014

:O:O:O Speechless... Driving a muscle car in a continuous drift from start to finish... I would've literally taken off after 10 seconds, I guess :))

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18:21 Feb-03-2014

check my other videos on my YouTube channel if interested for more variety ;))
http://www.youtube.com/user/TazzSmk

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09:00 Feb-03-2014

Yeah they should stop and focus on making an actual NFS game..For God's sake make something like Most Wanted..even HP2010 was really good and please your customers..

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06:43 Feb-03-2014

the only thing that can save nfs is the upcoming nfs movie if they make the game on movie story line there is possibility of savng the nfs series, else they can make 1 more game like rivals, MW2 or hotpursuit to finish the nfs series into dust.....
seriously I stopped playin nfs after shift

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20:35 Feb-03-2014

True this.

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04:30 Feb-03-2014

I want Most Wanted(the sequel of d first one)where the blacklist no 1 comes out of jail and trys to get revenge upon the protogonist

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04:22 Feb-03-2014

NO!! We want UNDERCOVER 2.. an open world racing game with awesome storyline.. UNDERCOVER is the best game in the series..

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03:37 Feb-03-2014

Please Do Not Type Like This Cause I Can't Understand What Is Part Of The Game's Title And What Is Part Of The Rest Of The Sentence.

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19:51 Feb-02-2014

it's time to go to hell with Need For Speed series, EA literally fu*ked up everything because of their stupid plan of releasing new title every year - quality dropped extremely, last 7 (if I remember well) pieces were really crap for me :/
few minutes ago I was just enjoying Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box, which is the best racing arcade ever made by Criterion, perfectly optimized so I get 60fps at 1440p maxed settings, without any problems;
it's really sad that games which started my arcade racing gaming passion were NFS: Underground 2, NFS: Carbon and NFS: Most Wanted (2005) which are best pieces of Need For Speed series for me :)

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22:19 Feb-02-2014

Carbon was the last good one for me. HP 2010 was good too, but that's about it. After that they started going downhill.

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22:22 Feb-02-2014

Yup, i also think HP 2010 wasn't that bad.

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22:21 Feb-02-2014

The Underground I/II and Most Wanted were just something totaly new to the series, which was a very good idea. Still, imo NFS III HP is the best.

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22:28 Feb-02-2014

Yup, I think so too. HP and especially HP2 were the best NFS for me while I was growing up. Still remember that Mustang Cobra R :D

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19:34 Feb-02-2014

In my childhood, NFS = Street level racing with highly car customizable options (I spend most of the time customizing than racing) Vinyls, decals,etc

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19:38 Feb-02-2014

But now , NFS = completely removed car customization, so i lost interest in game.

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20:43 Feb-02-2014

that's why I'm making "Underground 3" racing game project :Đ
check my website ;) http://underground3.wz.cz/

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03:39 Feb-03-2014

Woa, you've put up some work here!

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05:38 Feb-03-2014

Cool game, dude! When I grow up, I want to develop games like you. I'm learning a bit of Java coding right now and I'm gonna start learning C++ soon. I'm gonna try and make a 2D game from scratch before I get onto 3D games tho. That game looks awesome, tzz :D

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06:57 Feb-03-2014

the story is not upto the mark, the part when his dad is lost and was a illegal racer does not fit into the theme, try something like this "his dad was a racer and died during a street race, the son had the responsibility of earning he had to pay debts of his dad but he had no means of earning , one night he met a person who brought him into street racin and slowly he began to know the truth"
I could give more on this ,story writing, scripts and dialogue making is my passion and I have more than 9 yrs of exp on this
should you need me give a shout..

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07:08 Feb-03-2014

WOW :D Developing a game ? Great work tzz :D Really it looks awesome :D I want to give you 1000 likes :) :)

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07:11 Feb-03-2014

hey guys, the game is not even close to being complete or even playable yet ;))
and for the story, tsalito from GD is writing the scripts for me, and obviously we changed a lot of stuff already since I put that on the site :Đ
btw you can send me a message if you'd wanna join (anyone:)

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19:04 Feb-02-2014

I don't get it how they cant just listen to their fans, and make a NFS like Most Wanted(2005) or Underground 2. These new NFSs shouldn't be even called NFS.

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19:13 Feb-02-2014

Money talks and money lies. Their earmuffs are made from dollar bills, its sad. BugBear with its crowd funding is proof enough of "the dark age of racing".

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22:03 Feb-02-2014

They don't care about their fans.

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18:44 Feb-02-2014

Jesus Christ, EA - MAKE UP YOUR MIND! First you ruined, then renamed and then utterly shut down Black Box studio, then you started messing around with Criterion and now that is basically morphed together with Ghost Games, and now GHOST GAMES is being hit with Layoffs... What? I am so confused...
Wait, double what? Police-themed Battlefield? Curious, it immediately makes me think of relative small scale that BC2 is.

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22:02 Feb-02-2014

What happened to Criterion, though???

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22:53 Feb-02-2014

Its easier to check their wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criterion_Games -
....... I am somewhat surprised at the coincidences. 2 founders of a studio leave to make a new studio because they are fed up with their current publisher. Respawn Entertainment anyone?

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18:09 Feb-02-2014

Each year this franchise is going down and down.

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22:01 Feb-02-2014

True this!

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17:50 Feb-02-2014

In September this year it's the 20th anniversary of Need for Speed. If they decide to kill the series, I hope they will at least make HD remakes of Porsche Unleashed, Underground, Underground 2, Most Wanted (2005) and Carbon.

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17:59 Feb-02-2014

Especially of most wanted because i really love that chick josie maran ;)

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18:03 Feb-02-2014

I would really like to see Carbon again thank was a fun game

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17:49 Feb-02-2014

I will just say them to take 2 year break for next nfs :p

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17:49 Feb-02-2014

I Think they just need to go back to their roots , the old times ....
the original Most wanted. They need to create an all new open world racing game with tons of customization options , visuals and styling , a storyline and of course , cops. though with the 2010 most wanted that they made , i think they're chance has come and gone. they're just making burnout games without their awesomeness

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18:56 Feb-02-2014

I am sad to say its a naive dream, pal. Black Box was responsible for Original Most Wanted and they got quite.... heavily mishandled to be VERY polite about this. I wonder if EA are gonna even keep NFS alive - that IP MUST be sold and very soon IMO.

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17:19 Feb-02-2014

rivals is one of the better NFS games in recent years but the game could be better like more players in one session currently limited to 8 as far as i know and servers need improving i've been disconnected when my network is fine

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16:50 Feb-02-2014

A re-branding might work for them. But that alone wont make the game a success. They will have to bring forward awesome new features or a fascinating world. Everyone I know expects nothing from NFS games these days.

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