Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry left Criterion in January due to possible creative differences; have now formed Three Fields Entertainment
In January, Criterion founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry left their studio due to possible creative differences in company direction with Electronic Arts. Now, the duo has launched a landing site for their game development startup called Three Fields Entertainment. However, they have not announced any projects that they might be working on.
The indie game studio is recruiting talented staff skilled in at least three fields of electronic entertainment, hence the name. It aims to produce games on platforms which allow them to self-publish, giving the studio more control over its intellectual property. However, Ward mentioned via Twitter that they may not publish on Wii U.
Why? Ward implied that working with Nintendo for the Need for Speed: Most Wanted on Wii U left a negative impression on him. An example was when the development team did not receive marketing support they needed despite traveling to Japan to personally demo the Wii U version of the game to Nintendo.
Criterion Games is best known for its Burnout racing games franchise. Ward and Sperry were the former Vice President and Studio Director respectively.