The next Need for Speed game delayed as Criterion shifts focus to Battlefield

Need for Speed

The next Need for Speed was originally touted for a 2021 release. However, following the purchase of Codemasters, Electronic Arts has delayed it until 2022. Criterion Games were originally responsible for its development but will now pivot into co-developing the next Battlefield instead.

EA was hoping to get Need for Speed out earlier to hit its one racing game per year quota. However, the acquisition of British publisher Codemasters has freed up time for Criterion Games. As racing game specialists Codemasters will likely release F1 2021 to fulfil that quota instead.

Change of approach

Need for Speed 2021 delayed gameplay Heat

EA chief studios officer Laura Miele recently spoke to Polygon about the decision. According to Miele, Need for Speed is “owned,” by Criterion meaning that it gets to make all of the final decisions. From design choices to release schedules, EA is trusting it to call the shots.

This change of approach does make some sense given the history of Need for Speed. Although it started life as the premier arcade racing game, recent years haven’t been kind to it. For many, the last great game in the franchise was Hot Pursuit, released back in 2010.

Funnily enough, Hot Pursuit was also the last mainline Need for Speed game to be developed by Criterion. Although it did also produce the Most Wanted remake which was unfortunately rushed and as a result lacked feature. Hopefully EA sticks to its word and gives Criterion the time and freedom to make the games it wants to.

After all, history suggests doing so is a good idea. Criterion Games has been responsible for some of the greatest arcade racers ever made. Anyone who grew up playing 2000s racing games surely has fond memories of Burnout 3: Takedown. If the new Need for Speed can capture even a fraction of Takedown’s personality it is sure to be something special.

Best Laptops for Battlefield 1 (2016)


Battlefield 1 aka Battlefield 2016 is the game that is expected to deliver a fatal blow to Call of Duty this year. laptops It seems that Dice and EA have finally listened to what the gamers want and decided to go back in time instead of forward into the future and deliver a classic FPS that everybody was waiting for. As a result, Battlefield 1 is probably one of the most hyped games of the year and I am sure you want to play it. If you want to play Battlefield 1 on a laptop, we’ve got you covered: we have here some recommendations that will show you that you can indeed play the game on a laptop and get as much as possible out of it without having to spend a fortune.

So let’s not waste any time and let’s check out below the best laptops for Battlefield 1, with the mention that we’re trying to list something for each budget below and we won’t hit you with a list of laptops that cost over $2,000: we know that those can run the game, but what if we can find something much cheaper? Well, we did, so check out below the recommended laptops to play Battlefield 1 on!

Acer Nitro VN7


If you’re on a tight budget, but you still can’t say no to some WWI action, then the Acer Nitro VN7 is a great choice for you! It has well over the minimum system requirements for the game, meaning that you’ll still be able to enjoy it at a good quality (even though not with every setting maxed out) – at least you get to play the game and that’s all that matters! The laptop itself has a good overall configuration, running on a modern Intel Quad-Core i7-4720HQ processor, 8GB of RAM and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M Graphics card with 2GB of RAM. It also has a backlit keyboard, which is nice addition to any gaming laptop.

Probably the biggest downside here is the smaller size of the screen – we’re talking about a 15.6-inch Full HD monitor, but you have to sacrifice size in order to get this performance at such a low price. So if you think that a couple of inches down are worth saving the money, go for this laptop as it will deliver very good performance not only for Battlefield 1, but all or at least most current generation games out there!

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Toshiba S55


We’re keeping prices low, but we still have to stick to a 15.6-inch monitor, which is not ideal for gaming, but it’s better than not being able to game at all, right? The S55 has some slightly better stats than the Acer model recommended above, running on an Intel i7-6700HQ processor with 8GB of RAM. Even though it has a NVIDIA GTX 950M Video card, it comes with 4GB of RAM, so the performance is there. You also get 512GB of SSD storage for some added speed, as well as the Backlit Keyboard which makes a good addition to the overall thing. I’d say that this one is even better than the Acer Nitro in terms of specs and it should still be, normally available for under $1,000. Now that’s a good deal!

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Clevo Prostar N170RD1


It’s time to increase the size of the screen to a decent 17.3-inch! I know that a Prostar laptop doesn’t have the brand bang that other computers have, but when you are on a tight budget, this shouldn’t matter too much especially since we’re still talking about a very high quality product here. The N170RD1 model, for example, not only has a bigger screen, but is also powered by an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, has 8GB of RAM and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M card with 2GB GDDR5. In other words, it’s well above the minimum system requirements to run Battlefield 1 and you should expect some more than decent performances from it, all on a larger screen that offers 920 x 1080 Full HD resolution. At this price, it can’t get any better!

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A good gaming laptop created by the folks at ASUS, the ROG GL752VW-DH74 isn’t the latest in terms of system specifications, but it still offers good quality of the price. It’s powered by the 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor running at 2.6GHz and comes with 16GB of RAM. It also has a good graphics card, the Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M and a large display at 17.3-inch, offering full HD (1920 by 1080) resolutions. It has both a 1TB HDD and a 128GB SSD, plus a really good design that all gamers would love. A very good product overall at an even better price!

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MSI GE72 Apache Pro-003


This is a really good gaming laptop, one that proves that you don’t have to spend a fortune for something good! Running on the Intel i7-6700HQ processor, this beast comes with 16GB of RAM and the NVIDIA Geforce GTX960M card with 2GB of RAM. It is a true gaming laptop with backlit keyboard (Steelseries) and the dual fan cooling system called Cooler Boost 3 which keeps the laptop’s temperature low for prolonged gaming sessions. It also offers 1TB of HDD storage, with SSD options available at a higher price. Even though this laptop isn’t packed with the latest technology, it’s not very far off behind and still delivers great performance for the money!

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Clevo Prostar P670RP6


It’s another Prostar model that we found as the best option for a great price and let me tell you something: the specs of this laptop are absolutely INSANE and at a much lower price that you’d pay if you went for a brand option. The laptop is powered by the Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and has 16GB of DDR4, but the cherry on top is the graphics card: it packs the nVidia GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB GDDR5! That’s absolutely amazing! And as if that wasn’t enough, we also get a 1TB SSD for super fast storage options. I am absolutely amazed by the specifications of this product, combined with its price – so if you’re really looking for a very good laptop that’s cheaper than other brand options, don’t hesitate to get this one. Go for the performance!

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So these would be our recommendations for laptops that can handle Battlefield 1. Have in mind that, as I said in the intro, we looked at more budget options, which means that the cheaper the laptop that you get, the more you will have to give up in terms of in-game performance or graphical quality. But you can still enjoy the game and that’s all that matters. However, if you want something really good that will give you an amazing experience, choose our final recommendation or go for a gaming laptop that’s over $2,000 – it’s your choice, but I don’t think you’ll find many things much better than the Prostar, so you’ll just be wasting extra money. Just my two cents here!

Exclusive Battlefield Hardline PS4 Beta Gameplay


We here at Vgamerz have been trying out the Battlefield Hardline and decided to share a bit of our experience thus far.  The cops and robbers centric shooter is the first yearly  entry in Battlefield, but it seems to make up with gameplay innovation with new game modes and gear. The gameplay video features play from both the police and criminals, along with a number of different weapon sets.

Driving feels better than before as, with a more traditional racing drift allowing for quicker and more response driving. The vehicle sets themselves felt shallow in comparison to those available in Battlefield 4, but with the crime angle more vehicles are sure to be added by launch day. Moment to moment it felt weird to play as both sides, with Cops using excessive violence and criminals mowing down cops in turn.

The imagery is sure to disturb some players more than others, but since the gameplay feels exactly like every other Battlefield I found it a simple ascetic swap that may not affect long time players.  The gadgets are another cool addition, with zip lines and tazers leading the way. If Battlefield can change the formulaic combat scenario while still operating within their gigantic destructible arena’s then Hardline may be the best title yet. All this remains to be seen however, as the developers have proven a that a good framework exists and the only thing left is coming up with new ways to interact with it.

The new Battlefield and Call of Duty titles are both taking their respective series in new directions that aim to steer away from the typical military shooter, and I hope they can succeed. For more info on the Call of Duty trailer check here, and for all your E3 news needs head on over to Vgamerz news hub.

Battlefield: Hardline Gameplay and Release Date


EA and Visceral talked today about this years Battlefield entry. In the first yearly Battlefield entry, players will be taking the place of both Police and Criminals as they try to plan and foil heists.

The team showed off a 32 multiplayer match in which the criminals took down a few armored vans. The action escalated when police arrived and at the scene and an intense battle began. The traditional Battlefield experience took over from there, as helicopters, cars, bikes and mobile arsenals began to run together.

In the later parts of the match new features began to become clear, like gas trucks that act like mobile bombs and some new tools for users. Check below for the full match, and tell us your thoughts in the comments.

And stay tuned with us as we’ll be bringing you some exclusive Battlefield: Hardline gameplay footage really soon!