Burnout Developer Criterion Down To Just 17 Employees

By Ishaan . September 16, 2013 . 12:45pm

Burnout developer Criterion Games are down to a team of just 17 people, reports GamesIndustry.biz. According to the studio’s creative director, Alex Ward, this is entirely by choice.

 

Ward made a series of tweets indicating that Criterion has 16 employees at present, with a seventeenth scheduled to join in the future. Following concerns voiced by the studio’s fans, Ward went on to clarify that most Criterion employees have moved on to form a UK branch of Electronic Arts’ Ghost Games studio.

 

“Most of the Studio was committed to helping on [Need for Speed] Rivals. A small group of chose not to and began work on something new,” Ward 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.”


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  • D H

    Looking forward to some more fun Burnout games (Most Wanted was a huge amount of fun, but really should’ve just been called Burnout Paradise 2…). However, please please please, bring back the wonderful Crash mode from Burnout 3, that was one of my favorite parts.

  • ragingmerifes

    Reminds me of 2005, back when racing games were cool and popular… I was hoping they could make new games, and not only racing games, because the developer is full of talents.

    • Fox

      Racing games were only ever cool and popular in the arcades.

  • ragingmerifes

    Reminds me of 2005, back when racing games were cool and popular… I was hoping they could make new games, and not only racing games, because the developer is full of talents.

  • fayt255

    It’s good to know they are still going to be around They have made some fun games!

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