So thanks to searching on IGN. It appears that Criterion Games only has 17 employees working there.Quote from the IGN link
Following the news that UK-based Ghost studio would be taking complete control over the Need for Speed franchise with Need for Speed Rivals, Criterion Games (Need for Speed Most Wanted) is now a much smaller studio.
In a Twitter thread today, Criterion creative director Alexander Ward said that Criterion now consists of 16 employees, with one more on the way in two weeks, and that Ghost is now Ghost UK.
"Criterion is just 17 people these days..." he said. "We appreciate your support."
Although Criterion has been helping Ghost with Need for Speed Rivals, Criterion is busy with another project, and any future Need for Speed installments will be the work of Ghost.Credit IGN-Mike Mahardy
What are the peoples thoughts? I haven't done much research into what studios the employees went to but 17 is potentially too small for a AAA driving title right? My opinion is while that sounds potentially worrying for future need for speeds (we will see how Rivals does but so far it actually looks alright) it also sounds like if the missing employees can go in a separate direction to EA and recreate what made burnout so fun then there is a ton of potential. This being said im not sure how many people worked on Burnout paradise or NFS:Most wanted the latest version or if a lot of the employees moved over to this new ghost studio.