Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, the founders of Criterion Games, have decided to leave the studio they created to "start afresh and form a new games company".
The news broke earlier this morning, with Alex Ward tweeting "Along with Fiona Sperry I have left Criterion Games. Welcome to the REAL tothefuture."
In response to the news, EA, the parent company of Criterion Games, said "We appreciate their many contributions through the years and wish them well in their future endeavours."
Criterion Games has become synonymous with fast-paced racing games of the years, having created the popular Burnout franchise and later making very successful installments in the Need for Speed franchise. They also had a brief foray into the first-person shooter market with Black.
Following the departure of Ward and Sperry, EA has announced that Matt Webster will now lead the studio, having been part of Criterion for some time now.