Neoseeker : News : Criterion co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry depart, create as yet unnamed games company
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Saeglopur Jan 3, 14
It's kind of a shame to see what's happened to Criterion, but also encouraging if it works out for the best I suppose. Burnout 2 was the first Criterion game I played from what I remember and I was blown away. Burnout 3 and Black were equally astonishing, and let's not forget the impact that their RenderWare software had on PS2 era gaming. Massive titles such as the GTA series simply wouldn't have been possible without it. Even more recently, I thought the Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit reboot in 2010 was among the best racing games I've ever played, and there's no doubting the talent of the team that put it together, and you can see its legacy going back a dozen years or more. If this is the move they had to make to give them the freedom they need for a new project then I wish them all the best. I just hope their ability to make a game that fulfils their potential isn't diminished by the whole situation where EA have obviously wielded a lot of power.
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THM Jan 3, 14
May God bless him.
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Shadow of Death Jan 4, 14
I hope that away from the yoke of EA they'll be able to create new racing (or any other type of) games with free creative control.

Personally, I want another open world racing game like Paradise. That NFS Most Wanted game was OK, but rather DLC heavy (microtransaction game, you might say).
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BlackScythe Jan 4, 14
Well I'm still not going to give up my personal EA boycott.
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harbin Jan 4, 14
Good companies collapse why bad companies continue, and continue to swallow up smaller studies and absorb them into making games that are just franchises. EA have far too much power and influence in the industry yet it seems impossible to avoid their games at some point, either as developer or publisher. Unfortunate on those genuinely good developers who want to take pride in their work, being stuck on games that don't challenge their creativity either.

Hope they have good luck with their new company. They should call their studio 'Unnamed Games'
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Xunix Jan 5, 14
very good
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