Vi vidste allerede at studiet bag Burnout-serien, Criterion, havde fået ansvaret for Need for Speed-serien, og det var desuden også meningen at et spil i serien med dem ved roret skulle være udkommet her i år.
Men sådan er det ikke længere, for fordi DICE er ved at køre lidt død i udviklingen af Battlefield 6, så har EA besluttet at rykke Criterion over som hjælpestudie på den titel. Det betyder dog hverken at Criterion er sat af Need for Speed-serien, eller at der sker permanente ændringer i opsætningen. Det betyder dog at spillet er forsinket et år.
Alt dette har Laura Miele, EA's Chief Studios Officer, bekræftet overfor Polygon, og hun siger følgende:
"[Battlefield] is shaping up great, the team has been working incredibly hard, they pushed hard last year, and yes, we have been working from home. And it's hard; it's hard to make games from home, and the [EA DICE] team is fatigued a bit. We have a great game and some incredible potential with this game. We're playing to win; we're playing to put a great Battlefield game out in the market."
"There's no way we would have made a decision like this without including [Criterion] and discussing this with them first, and the impact that they could have on [Battlefield]. They've worked on [Star Wars] Battlefront, they've worked on Battlefields, and they have a really tight, close collaborative partnership with DICE. I'm really confident that this is going to be a pretty positive win for them."
"They own the Need for Speed franchise; that's why they managed the remaster. Anything that's happening within the Need for Speed brand, they are responsible for, or things come through them to ensure that they're on board with it."