Summary: .EA Entertainment welcomes Criterion Games, a highly skilled and talented team with a rich gaming history, to join forces with DICE, Ripple Effect, and Ridgeline to create engaging experiences for the Battlefield and Need for Speed franchises.
- Criterion Games has a rich history in the gaming world
- Criterion will have an immediate positive impact on the highly anticipated Battlefield 2042
- Vince Zampella has a deep passion for cars and will shape the future of the Need for Speed franchise
Greetings, fellow tech enthusiasts! Today, I have some exciting news to share with you all. The highly skilled and talented team at Criterion Games has officially joined the EA Entertainment family. Now, if you’re not familiar with Criterion, let me give you a quick rundown of their impressive gaming resume. These folks have worked on some major titles such as Battlefield, Battlefront, Burnout, and the iconic Need for Speed series. Talk about a rich history in the gaming world!
As the overseer of various studios, I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome a studio with such a pedigree to our ranks. It’s no secret that we are fully committed to the Battlefield franchise, and today, Criterion becomes an integral part of our world-class Battlefield studios. They will be joining forces with DICE, Ripple Effect, and Ridgeline, all under the leadership of the brilliant Byron Beede, General Manager of Battlefield. With Criterion’s extensive experience in the Battlefield universe, their expertise in creating engaging experiences, and their mastery of technology, we can expect an immediate positive impact as we continue our work on the highly anticipated Battlefield 2042. But that’s not all; we’re also embarking on the exciting journey of pre-production for a connected Battlefield Universe, and there’s no better studio to accompany us on this thrilling adventure.
But wait, there’s more! Let’s not forget about the beloved Need for Speed franchise. Rest assured, work will continue on what’s next for this iconic series. Now, some of you may already know about my background in the gaming industry, having had the privilege of working with incredibly talented teams on Apex Legends, Titanfall, and Star Wars Jedi here at Electronic Arts. However, what you might not know is that I have a deep passion for cars. And that’s precisely why Criterion is the perfect match for me to explore another genre in gaming that I hold dear to my heart. Together, we will shape the future of the Need for Speed franchise, and I couldn’t be more excited about the possibilities.
So, my friends, join me in extending a warm welcome to Criterion as they join our ever-growing team. The future looks incredibly bright, and I am grateful to have such a talented group of individuals on board. Thank you for your continued support.
Yours in gaming,
Vince Zampella—Group General Manager of the Apex Legends, Star Wars Jedi, Battlefield, and Need for Speed franchises
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