Criterion Games co-founders leave company to set up new studio

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Burnout and two-time Need for Speed developer Criterion Games has lost both of its founders, Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, as the pair pursue the formation of a new games studio. Prior to their departure Ward was the Vice President and Creative Director at Criterion while Sperry was the Studio Director.

Parent company Electronic Arts confirmed the news to Polygon while also providing some insight into what Criterion is working on next:

“Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have decided to leave EA. We appreciate their many contributions through the years and wish them well in their future endeavours.

“The incredibly creative and talented team at Criterion are hard at work on a new project for next-gen consoles as new IP continues to be a major priority across EA. Matt Webster is leading development of the new game and the Criterion studio moving forward. Matt has been part of Criterion for years and has an exciting vision for this new game.”

Criterion Games was formed in 2000 out of middleware technology developer Criterion Software. The studio’s first major hit was Burnout released the following year, and in 2004 EA acquired both Criterion Games and Criterion Software for a rumoured £40 million.

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