series developer Criterion Games has been reduced to a staff of 16 employees following a recent Electronic Arts studio reallocation.
Criterion creative director Alex Ward outlined
the studio's current status via Twitter, confirming that Criterion is now "a small team
Between 60 and 65 Criterion employees were reassigned to Sweden-based EA subsidiary Ghost Games
in order to assist in developing the upcoming multiplatform racer Need for Speed: Rivals
. Ward explains
that the departing staff has since joined a new team, Ghost UK.
Prior to its staff reduction, Criterion developed recent Need for Speed
series entries Hot Pursuit
and Most Wanted
. Criterion confirmed earlier this year that its current project
is not a racing game.
Joystiq has contacted Electronic Arts for clarification.