EA Gothenburg is currently hiring for a Need for Speed game. On the site and on a listing for a senior vehicle artist it’s possible to see that EA Gothenburg is focusing on “making a new generation of games on the Frostbite 2 engine”, suggesting that the game will run on the same engine as Need for Speed: The Run and could even be for next-gen consoles.
The studio is currently hiring an art director, audio designer and engineers, creative director, vehicle artist and much more, suggesting an implication more in the development rather than in an assist capacity for Criterion Games, the studio currently responsible for Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
Criterion vice president Alex Ward said “Our stamp’s going to be in everything you see in Need for Speed and Burnout going forward in the future. It’s not going to be spread anymore across different companies. Different studios have had a crack at it – it’s definitely a Criterion gig now.”
On the side of Criterion Games it’s not clear if the studio will directly help developing the new game or if the reins were handed completely to the other studio. EA hasn’t formally announced the next Need for Speed game. Need for Speed Most Wanted, meanwhile, will hit stores on October 30th.