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Co-Founders of Criterion Games Leave Studio

Posted on January 3, 2014 AT 08:55am

Criterion Games co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have decided to leave the studio to form a new games company.

“Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have decided to leave EA,” a spokesperson told Polygon. “We appreciate their many contributions through the years and wish them well in their future endeavors.

Ward later confirmed the news on Twitter:

“So I guess its now official! The future starts here,” Sperry added. Ward revealed (via VG247) that the reason behind the pair leaving Criterion was to “start afresh and form a new games company.”

Criterion was acquired by EA back in 2004 and was recently reduced to just 16 people, with the majority of its staff moving across to developer Ghost Games, who is now in charge of the Need for Speed franchise. The remaining members of the Criterion team are currently working on an unannounced project, which is rumored to be a military shooter.

So what will happen to Criterion going forward? “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,” the spokesperson told Polygon. “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.”

Source: Polygon

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