All hands on Battlefield instead.
Taken from Engadget … Although EA previously said it would release the next Need for Speed and Battlefield games by March 2022, that won’t be entirely the case. The publisher is delaying the upcoming Need for Speed by a year as its developer, Criterion Games, is temporarily helping out EA DICE on Battlefield.
The title of the next Battlefield game hasn’t been revealed, but it will arrive in the fall, EA chief studios officer Laura Miele told Polygon. Following the publisher’s purchase of Codemasters, EA already has a racing game coming out this year, the next entry in the F1 series. Along with the shift to working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, that made the decision a logical one. Criterion previously collaborated with DICE on the Star Wars Battlefront series and the battle royale mode in Battlefield 5.
Criterion took over development on Need for Speed in 2020 after three tepidly received entries from Ghost Games. It previously worked on the series, and it remastered Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit last year. Once the studio has finished work on Battlefield, it will return to the Need for Speed game, which is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as other platforms.