Need for Speed Hot Pursuit screenshot
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit screenshot

Criterion has been reduced to a team of just 16 people, creative director Alex Ward has revealed, with the 60-65 Criterion staff currently working on Need For Speed: Rivals now working under the umbrella of Ghost Games.

In a series of tweets, Ward explained that Criterion is "a small team now", with the majority of the studio forming part of a team called Ghost Games UK.

The team remaining at Criterion is thought to now be known as 'Criterion Zero'.

It was announced last month that Ghost Games had taken ownership of the Need For Speed IP, and will be leading development on all future games in the series.

Its first Need For Speed, Need For Speed: Rivals, launches on current & next-gen consoles and PC this November.

Criterion, who has previously developed Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit and last year's Need For Speed: Most Wanted, is currently working on a secret project.

The title is not related to Need For Speed.

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Bloodstorm's Avatar


EA decimating a studio near crunch time???

Posted 12:26 on 15 September 2013
Rojoco's Avatar


Seems odd that EA would reduce this studio to essentially nothing after so heavily advertising the fact that Most Wanted was "A Criterion Game". Coining them Criterion "Zero" is just rubbing it in!
Posted 19:52 on 13 September 2013
MJTH's Avatar


And the chances of a new Burnout game slowly decreases even more....
Posted 19:12 on 13 September 2013

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Release Date: 29/11/2013
Developer: Ghost Games
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