While we've known for a while that the company behind the game was going to change from Ghost Games to Criterion Games, it's now been announced by EA that the next update for Need for Speed Heat will bring cross-play to the previous title, but will be the last one released.
That's because Criterion aims to stick 'full focus' onto the development of the next title in the long-running driving game series.
The announcement came from Matt Webster, the General Manager of Criterion, who said: "I wanted to let you all know how excited our team here in Guildford is to be back in the driver's seat of development for Need for Speed.
"As you'll know we have real history with racing and with Need for Speed. We're focused on bringing Criterion's unique point of view, unparalleled game feel, and high quality innovations that will chart a new future for this wonderful series of games.
"I also wanted to share with you a glimpse of the road ahead, with our first checkpoint approaching quickly. The team has been hard at work to deliver an exciting feature to Need for Speed Heat, which will be in players' hands tomorrow!"
The statement continued: "As we at Criterion shift gears into the future with full focus on developing the next Need for Speed game, this will be the final update for Need for Speed Heat,
"Since the launch of Need for Speed Heat and as players continue to tear it up in Palm City, we're listening to what you love about this experience, and what you all believe could be even better. With these insights, we have a terrific foundation to create the most expressive, most socially connected, action-packed game yet for Need for Speed fans and beyond."
It concluded: "You'll know from our past history that we want to bring players together however we can. With this announcement and what we're working on for the future, we're focused on uniting the wider Need for Speed community - so that you can play, race and compete with all of your friends.
"We can't wait to share more details about Need for Speed down the road. Until then, stay safe, and play together!"
The new Need for Speed doesn't currently have a name, a release date, or anything really other than a developer.
However, the latest - and last - update for Need for Speed Heat is available from today.
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