Criterion founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry announced today their latest game development venture Three Fields Entertainment, following their exit from the famed racing game studio in January.
"Today we are excited to announce our new British games company -Three Fields Entertainment," Ward announced via Twitter today. An official website for the new independent studio was also unveiled today; however, only a logo and contact information is featured for now.
The studio is currently seeking staff "skilled in at least three fields of creating electronic entertainment," Ward continued.
The industry veterans formed Criterion Games in 2000 out of Criterion Software, a technology company that developed RenderWare. In the years since, the studio created and nurtured the over-the-top Burnout racing games. Following the 2010 release of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and 2011's Burnout Crash, Criterion was given stewardship of the Need for Speed franchise with Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
At the time of their exit from the studio, Ward's LinkedIn profile listed "unannounced project zero" as his primary work, while Sperry's LinkedIn profile showed her working on the "Team Zero" project, described as "the next thing from Criterion Games."
The remaining Criterion team are currently developing an unannounced project for next-gen consoles under the watch of Criterion lead developer Matt Webster.
Polygon has contacted both Ward and Sperry for further details and will update when more information becomes available.