Need for Speed Rivals Dev Hit By Lay Offs

Ghost Games, developer of the latest entry in the Need for Speed series, Rivals, has been hit by lay offs. EA confirmed the news to Polygon, and has let go off its contractors. It has also offered its full time staffers compensation and leave or the chose to work Visceral’s rumored police-themed Battlefield game.

This follows the news that Criterion Games founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry had left their studio.

“The incredibly creative and talented team at Criterion are hard at work on a new project for next-gen consoles as new IP continues to be a major priority across EA,” an EA spokesperson said at the time. “Matt Webster is leading development of the new game and the Criterion studio moving forward. Matt has been part of Criterion for years and has an exciting vision for this new game.”

How this will effect the future of the Need for Speed franchise, and its next entry, is unclear. But rumors suggest that the series will be handed off to the Gothenburg studio.

Ghost Games is not the only one who has been affected by lay offs, just these past few days mobile game developer Zynga had let go 15 percent of its staff following its purchase of a new company.