Criterion Games is a shadow of its former self. A majority of the developers from the studio have been transplanted into Ghost Games to focus on the continued development of the Need for Speed franchise. Now it's in an even worse state as it was confirmed this morning that co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have left the company.
The two have formed a new games company according to a tweet from Alex shortly after the news broke. While the studio, if it is indeed a development studio, has yet to be named both Alex and Fiona have made comments about how excited they are about their upcoming projects.
It must have been an impossible decision to leave Criterion for both Alex and Fiona. They've each dedicated a large portion of their lives to the company and the games they've created together. That's five Burnout titles, two Need for Speed games and more. Having moved on they're leaving those brands behind. Those properties are owned by EA now. It's difficult to imagine a Burnout being made without these two helping to create it.
Best of luck to both Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry in the future. Hopefully they continue to make great games together and I know there's an audience that will certainly follow them in whatever direction they take. Same goes to Criterion. Today marks a new day at the studio and the best of luck to those who remain. Keep making games and let your community ultimately decide what Criterion means going into the future.