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The official logo of Ghost Games
|Type||Subsidiary of Electronic Arts|
|Key people||Marcus Nilsson|
|Products||Need for Speed (2013-present)|
Ghost Games is an EA Studio located in Sweden and the UK (Ghost Games UK). The studio is currently focused on Need for Speed games using the Frostbite 3 game engine. 80% of British developer Criterion Games staff have moved over to help grow Ghost Games.
With EA Canada and Black Box restructured and refocused towards online and free-to-play games in February 2012, EA had already formed a new studio in 2011, EA Gothenburg. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden, it was reported that the studio would focus on development of games using the Frostbite game engine. Also reported was that the studio was developing a game "in the Need For Speed franchise" According to the CVs of employees, much of the studio's staff had worked previously on major racing titles, including Forza Horizon, Need for Speed: The Run, Project Gotham Racing and RACE Pro.
On 22 October 2012, the series main developer Criterion confirmed that EA Gothenburg was working on a title in the Need for Speed franchise, but did not reveal the level of involvement or when the title would be released.
On 15 November 2012, EA Gothenburg was rebranded as Ghost Games. Ghost's website went live around the same time and called for potential staff to apply for a range of open positions. Ghost is headed up by former DICE executive producer Marcus Nilsson, who previously led development on games including Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, Battlefield 2142 and Shift 2: Unleashed. Also, Burnout creator Alex Ward is working with Ghost.
On 23 May 2013, EA confirmed their next Need for Speed game, Rivals, with a teaser trailer, following marketing material tease days before. It was also confirmed that Rivals was in the works at EA's Swedish games developer Ghost Games in partnership with Criterion Games. Also, Ghost Games will be the main developer of all future instalments in the Need For Speed franchise starting from 2013.
|Need for Speed: Rivals||PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, PlayStation 4||Additional work by Criterion Games|
- Scamell, David. "The Ghost Of Criterions past.".