Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, the co-founders of EA owned Criterion Games, have left the company in order to form a start-up of their own.
Both have put a lot into the company and the games its created, which includes five Burnout titles, two Need for Speed games and other lesser known titles. The company is of course owned by EA now, however it seems to have been a lot less active recently.
It's not all bad news for Criterion though as it seems like these departures have not affected the project that it is currently working on.
"The incredibly creative and talented team at Criterion are hard at work on a new project for next-gen consoles," an EA spokesperson said when asked about the future of the studio, "as new IP continues to be a major priority across EA. 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."
Good luck to Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, we'll certainly be keeping an eye out for their future projects.