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Ghost Games hit with layoffs and a new Need For Speed title’s been put on hold

Need for Speed Rivals

Ghost Games are having a run of bad luck. Formed largely from members of Criterion, the team recently lost the studio’s co-founders Alex Ward and Fionna Sperry. Now, on top of that, EA are letting staff go and cancelling the secret NFS game.

According to Polygon’s sources, EA let all of the studio’s contractors leave and gave full-time staffers the choice of leaving with compensation or being moved across to work on a project called Havana – which is thought to be a police-themed Battlefield. Supposedly, Havana is due out later this year.

Polygon was then told by EA that Ghost Games had “entered a consultation period for some positions in our Ghost Games U.K. studio.”

The publisher also put an as yet unrevealed NFS game on hold.

The studio took over responsibility of the Need for Speed series from Criterion last year with the release of Need for Speed: Rivals. Ghost Games had already been bulked out with staff from Criterion, for 45 of the staff moving across to games editorial.

There are no official numbers on how many staff have lost their jobs.