Criterion Games co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have left the company with the intention of setting up a new development studio.
Criterion Games created and nurtured the Burnout franchise and had a brief stint on Need for Speed.
Former studio vice-president Ward stated over Twitter that the motivation behind the move was that he 'just decided to start afresh and form a new games company'
with director Sperry.
EA-owned Criterion Games, based in Guildford, is probably best known for the Burnout racing series. At present, the studio is working on a new project for next-generation consoles according to EA.
Criterion has recently undergone a staff overhaul. Around 60 to 65 of its headcount were relocated to Ghost Games earlier this year, a new EA studio that took over work on Need for Speed Rivals.
The remaining 20 were left working on a secret new project, which going by Ward and Sperry's LinkedIn profiles is likely code-named Project Zero. The project is now being headed up by another Criterion Games veteran, producer Matt Webster.
In April last year, Ward announced that Criterion Games was working on a new project that was steering away from the arcade racing genre that the studio has become famous for.
Criterion Games was founded in 2000, formerly existing as a division of Criterion Software, a software development house that worked on RenderWare.