Alex Ward

Ex-Criterion devs working on two games, and one is a Burnout spiritual successor

Former Criterion developers at Three Fields studio are working on not one, but two new games.

4 years ago

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  • Three Fields Entertainment hires former Criterion CTO as its new CTO

    Criterion founders Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward’s Three Fields Entertainment has a new CTO and its Paul Ross. The Criterion veteran was with the company for 18 years before joining his colleagues at their new studio. Three Fields currently has 10 employees, all of which are former Criterion members. The studio currently has two titles […]

    6 years ago
  • Criterion co-founder outlines issues with Need For Speed Wii U release

    The new studio formed by Criterion Games co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, Three Fields Entertainment, will release games on platforms which will allow the company to self-publish, according to Ward, who also said it’s unlikely Wii U will be one of those systems.

    6 years ago
  • Three Fields Entertainment formed by Criterion co-founders

    Criterion Games co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have announced the formation of their new studio: Three Fields Entertainment. The duo left Guildford, Surrey-based studio back in January.

    6 years ago
  • Criterion Games co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry leave EA to found new studio

    Criterion Games co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have left Electronic Arts to found a new studio, according to an announcement from the firm.

    6 years ago
  • Criterion Games staff reduced to 17 as 60-65 people move over to Ghost Games

    Criterion Games has had its staff numbers reduced to 17 people total working at the Guildford-based studio, as the majority of the studio has now moved over to Ghost Games, according to various tweets which surfaced overnight.

    6 years ago
  • Updated: Burnout, Need for Speed dev no longer making racers

    Further to news that Criterion Games is not, in fact, making a Need for Speed Underground reboot, studio boss Alex Ward has revealed while he, personally won’t be making another racing game, that he wasn’t speaking on behalf of the whole team.

    7 years ago
  • Need for Speed Underground: Criterion nukes reboot rumours

    Need for Speed: Underground was rumoured to be getting the reboot treatment under Criterion Games, following an alleged logo leak last week. We called it out as bollocks at the time, but now the studio has performed its own t-bone takedown on the rumour over Twitter.

    7 years ago
  • Need For Speed: Most Wanted Wii U trumps PS3 & Xbox 360 build, says Criterion

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted is hitting Wii U in March 14th, and the developer has confirmed that it will trump the PS3 and Xbox 360 build in the technical department. It’s based on the PC version, you see?

    7 years ago
  • NFS: Most Wanted 'had to be open world, people didn't get Burnout Paradise', says dev

    Need for Speed: Most Wanted follows the same open world format as the original game, and this was the only option, Criteron’s vice president Alex Ward has explained, despite his fears that people didn’t ‘get’ Burnout Paradise’s open world setting.

    7 years ago
  • Need For Speed Most Wanted: Criterion talks multiplayer - video

    Need For Speed: Most Wanted is shaping up nicely, with a massive city to tear around, plenty of Frostbite 2 destruction, and a highly competitive multiplayer offering. VG247’s Sam Clay talks with Criterion Games creative director Alex Ward to find out why he feels the studio now owns the Need For Speed series.

    7 years ago
  • Criterion to oversee Need for Speed franchise going forward

    Criterion vice president Alex Ward has said the firm will helm the Need for Speed franchise going forward.

    7 years ago
  • Criterion: Burnout Crash originally started out on Wii

    Criterion boss Alex Ward has said that Burnout Crash had started life as a Wii title.

    8 years ago
  • Australian Classification Board rates Burnout Crash

    This came from left-field: the Australian Classification Board has rated something known as “Burnout Crash,” whilst LinkedIn CVs point towards a PS3 and 360 release.

    9 years ago
  • Suda adds Alex Ward to favourite designer list

    Grasshopper boss Goichi Suda has a new favourite games designer. It’s Criterion games boss Alex Ward. “I have four favorite game designers,” Suda told 1UP. “Erik [Chahi, Out of This World creator] is one of them. I’m not sure if he’s the number one, but he’s one of them. “There used to be three, but […]

    10 years ago
  • Criterion hints at return to 3DO Need for Speed

    Criterion’s Alex Ward just dropped a less than subtle hint on the direction of the developer’s Need for Speed project. “‘Red lining it all the way and making it pay’ – a return to the original 3DO version of The Need for Speed,” tweeted the boss. EA boss John Riccitiello confirmed in June that the […]

    10 years ago
  • Suda51 has played Burnout Paradise for over 700 hours

    Criterion’s Alex Ward just tweeted that Grasshopper legend Suda51 is a Burnout Paradise mentalist. “Suda51 came here for the day a few weeks ago,” said the dev boss. “He’s a hardcore Burnout fan. I checked the servers – over 700hrs play.” That’s a lot of hours. Just goes to show.

    10 years ago
  • Criterion working on a new "revolutionary" Need for Speed

    John Riccitiello has confirmed that Criterion is working on a “revolutionary” new Need for Speed game. The Burnout team, led by Alex Ward, has been shifted to the series for the time being and the EA bossman seems pleased with the switch. “Alex is one of the people in the industry I would analogize to […]

    11 years ago
  • There will be a charge for some Burnout DLC, says Ward, but massive plans are afoot

    Criterion’s Alex Ward just got in touch to clarify some comments he made on the company forums about Burnout Paradise DLC last night. We ran a story with the headline, “Criterion confirms all Burnout Paradise DLC will be free“: it appears we jumped the gun a bit. “I stated yesterday that access to the new […]

    12 years ago
  • Criterion confirms all Burnout Paradise DLC will be free

    Criterion’s Alex Ward has posted on the developer’s forum that all the previously announced DLC islands for Burnout Paradise will be free. Ward had previously said that the upcoming liveries would arrive without charge. In a word, awesome. Hopefully we’ll have more on this next week.

    12 years ago

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