News broke this morning that Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward, co-founders of Criterion Games, have left the company. An EA spokesperson later confirmed their departure in a statement
It's the latest in a string of departures from the UK-based studio, which lost 60-65 people earlier this year
as EA transferred talent to new Need For Speed
developer Ghost Games.
At the time Ward seemed upbeat about the transfer, citing it
as an opportunity for Criterion to work on something other than a new Need for Speed
. The studio had previously developed multiple Need For Speed
games, including the highly-acclaimed Burnout Paradise
Today Ward confirmed
to VG247's Dave Cook via Twitter that he left Criterion to start a new company with Sperry, but at this time neither has given any clues to what their next venture might be.
Gamasutra has reached out to both for comment, and will report back with any meaningful updates. In the meantime, Criterion Games appears to still be working on unannounced projects.