Criterion Games co-founders leave to form new studio

Written by David Hing

January 6, 2014 // 2:18 p.m.

Tags: #burnout #criterion-games #electronic-arts #need-for-speed

Criterion Games co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have left the company with the intention of setting up a new development studio.

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.

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