Codemasters Cheshire has been merged with Criterion Games to create a larger team to work on the future of the Need for Speed series, according to GamesIndustry.biz.
Following the acquisition of Codemasters in 2021, the Cheshire studio is splintering against Criterion. Codemasters has multiple other offices that will continue to work on games, such as the F1 22.
The Cheshire studio was formed after Sony canceled Evolution Studios in early 2016. The company, which had developed the MotorStorm series and DriveClub, was then hired by Codemasters Cheshire. In 2020, the Cheshire team released Dirt 5, which many critics described as a modern version of MotorStorm, and being cited as one of the finest games to show off the then-new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X hardware.
According to the Codemasters Twitter account, the studio merger will not mean that the two studios are combining offices, but that they will work in separate locations.