Criterion co-founders leave the studio and EA

Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry depart the studio they founded in 2000

The two co-founders of Burnout creators Criterion have left the studio they created and its parent company EA.

VP and creative director, Alex Ward and studio director, Fiona Sperry have both parted ways with EA with Matt Webster now taking control of the studio as they work on a brand new next-gen IP.

An EA spokesperson said on the departures, "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 co-founders leave the studio and EA

Ghost Games has absorbed most of the original Criterion team that were working on Need For Speed: Rivals to continue working on the series while a smaller core of the studio has moved on to work on their new IP codenamed Team Zero as revealed by Fiona Sperry's LinkedIn.

Ward explained on Twitter to VG247's Dave Cook, “Just decided to start afresh and form a new games company with @FionaSperry #freshstart”

Thanks Polygon.

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