Need for Speed: Rivals
developer Ghost Games
has suffered layoffs in its UK office and ceased development on an unannounced Need for Speed project, according to a report
by Polygon. The report states that Electronic Arts dismissed contract workers earlier this week and presented full-time staff members with a choice: leave and take compensation, or help Dead Space series developer Visceral Games
with "Havana," a rumored Battlefield title said to be planned for the end of the year.
If true, these layoffs follow Criterion Games' downsizing
in September, which resulted in around 60 of its staff members working at Ghost Games. Criterion Studio Director Fiona Sperry described
that exchange as a voluntary move rather than a choice handed down by EA. Sparrow and Criterion Vice President Alex Ward then left
Criterion in January, noting plans on Twitter to create studio of their own.