After departing the studio they co-founded at the beginning of the year, Criterion Games alumni Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have announced their next venture: an independent studio called Three Fields Entertainment.
The now-live official website is little more than a logo and some links to various email addresses at the moment, but Ward was active on Twitter throughout the day revealing more details about the new enterprise.
Unsurprisingly, the company is currently looking to hire new developers, with a focus on individuals who can aid in multiple areas of game development. The studio will be based in England, “maybe” in Surrey, and will focus on developing games for “all platforms where [they] can self-publish.” When asked, Ward said that list was unlikely to include the Wii U.
He also revealed that the name of the studio comes from a line of dialogue in the leaked script for the upcoming Christopher Nolan science fiction film, Interstellar. After doing a bit of digging, the line in question appears to be: “We’re not going to have a lot of backup where we’re going, Cooper. We all need expertise in at least three fields.” Rather fitting, I suppose.
Criterion was perhaps best known as the creators of the Burnout franchise. While they’ve occasionally delved into other genres, it’s safe to say that Ward and Sperry have far more experience building racing games than anything else. Whether that focus will carry over into their new projects with Three Fields remains to be seen.