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Criterion Games down to 17 people

Criterion Games down to 17 people

Mon 16 Sep 2013 7:59am GMT / 3:59am EDT / 12:59am PDT
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"It's completely our choice and by design. Small teams do way more these days"

Criterion Games, the British developer of the Burnout series, now has a team of 17 people after the majority of the studio split to form a UK arm of EA's Ghost studio.

According to a series of tweets from Criterion's creative director, Alex Ward, the studio has 16 employees at present, with one more set to join in the near future. The information was greeted with displays of concern over the welfare of the studio, but Ward played down those fears, describing the new-look Criterion as one the team designed for itself.

"Most of the Studio was committed to helping on Rivals. A small group of chose not to and began work on something new," he said. "We would rather work a small team all focused on gameplay rather than a huge team split by discipline.

"Hence Ghost UK was formed from a load of Criterion folks. But 15 of us retain the Criterion identity and work in a new location... It's completely our choice and by design. Small teams do way more these days.

"We're fortunate to be part of a big organisation [Electronic Arts] that curates and invests in new intellectual properties. It really isn't the evil empire."

In truth, Criterion's new direction isn't exactly breaking news. Ward took to Twitter in August to address the constant requests for Criterion to return to Burnout, Black, Road Rash and other games from its past.

"After over a decade of making racing games it's time to make something new," he said.

However, the existence of a UK branch of Ghost Games is new information. Ghost was formed in Gothenburg, Sweden in November last year with the stated goal of developing new products with DICE's Frostbite 2 engine. Ghost UK will be using Frostbite 2 on Need For Speed Rivals.

7 Comments

Go Criterion go!

Posted:11 months ago

#1

Sasha Yelesin
Student

54 33 0.6
That Gothenburg sound.

Posted:11 months ago

#2

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,148 1,061 0.5
Hmmmm. I really do want a new Road Rash game, though... EA can't let that slide away...

Posted:11 months ago

#3

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

887 1,311 1.5
It seems like I've been waiting for a new Burnout game forever. I wasn't a fan of Paradise but I loved Burnout 3 and(to a leser extent) Revenge.

Posted:11 months ago

#4

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,148 1,061 0.5
Well, it seems Burnout has morphed into the last two Need for Speed games, Paul... at least visually and in some gameplay aspects minus the extreme destruction elements. The last Burnout was that top down family party game I forget the name of. I wanted to hate it, but it turned out to be fun and funny... but I still missed the old games...

Posted:11 months ago

#5
Loved a burnout but I reckon its not coming back as Burnout forever ever more

Posted:11 months ago

#6

Tim Carter
Designer - Writer - Producer

554 271 0.5
Small team, large team... they're still the same animal: A Factory Studio. Just a different size.

Posted:11 months ago

#7

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