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Need for Speed Heat the first EA game to get crossplay

Criterion making the next Need for Speed game.

Need for Speed Heat is getting crossplay.

Crossplay launches on Tuesday 9th June, making Need for Speed Heat the first EA title to offer the feature. Once you've installed the update, you can opt-in to race players across PC via Origin and Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This is the final update for Need for Speed Heat, EA signalled.

Meanwhile, EA has announced the next Need for Speed game is in the works at Guildford studio Criterion. Back in February 2020, EA told GamesIndustry.biz that Need for Speed Heat developer Ghost Games was set to become EA Gothenburg once more as it transforms into an engineering hub to assist with EA's wider portfolio.

At the time, EA said it was hoping to transfer many of its staff from Ghost Games to Criterion, although 30 roles were at risk.

Criterion boss Matt Webster penned a blog post to announce the development.

"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," Webster said.

"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."

Need for Speed Heat joins EA Access and Origin Access Basic Vault on 16th June. It launched on Steam last week.

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