|Industry||Independent (1996 - 2002)|
Internal (2004 - Present)
|Based in||Guildford, Surrey, UK|
Criterion Software Ltd. was created to commercialize 3D graphics rendering technology created by Canon's European Research Lab, having two co-founders both employed by Canon.
Criterion Software became a game development studio known for the development of the RenderWare family of middleware technology including graphics, AI, audio, and physics components.
In August 2004, Electronic Arts announced that their acquisition of Criterion Games from Acclaim Entertainment for a rumored £40 million, if taking into account the purchase price and existing debt. After the purchase both Criterion and EA declared that RenderWare would continue to be made available to third party customers, but some clients decided it was too risky to rely on technology owned by a competitor. EA has since withdrawn RenderWare from the commercial middleware market although EA do honour previous contracts for third party use of the middleware engine.
Criterion decided to close their Derby satellite office in the summer of 2006, and made all of their programmers and support staff redundant. In early March 2007, EA moved Criterion from their Bury Fields Studio to a new building in Central Guildford, thus creating a single UK studio that at its height had approximately 500 full-time developers.
Criterion announced their first game in the Need for Speed franchise with Hot Pursuit at E3 2010 on June 14, 2010. The game was released on November 16, 2010 in the USA, November 18, 2010 in Australasia, and November 19, 2010 in the EU for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Once again, Criterion introduced another entry in the Need for Speed series with their reimaginning of Most Wanted.
On June 27, 2012, Criterion Games was given control of the Need for Speed series alongside the Burnout series.
On January 3, 2014, Vice President and Creative Director of Criterion Games; Alex Ward, and Studio Director Fiona Sperry both left Criterion Games. They later announced their new studio on March 3, 2014 called Three Fields Entertainment, and their first game, Dangerous Golf, released on June 4, 2016.
On August 18, 2016, numerous tweets sent out by the official Criterion Games twitter feed that they were not actively working on a new entry in the Burnout series.
|Scorched Attack||1996||Windows||Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.|
|Speedboat Attack||1997||Windows||Telstar Electronic Studios Ltd.|
|Sub Culture||1997||Windows||Ubisoft Entertainment Software|
|Redline Racer||1998||Dreamcast & Windows||Ubisoft Entertainment Software|
|Suzuki Alstare Extreme Racing||1999||Dreamcast & Windows||Ubisoft Entertainment Software|
|Trickstyle||1999||Dreamcast & Windows||Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.|
|Deep Fighter||2000||Dreamcast & Windows||Ubisoft Entertainment Software|
|Burnout||2001||Gamecube, PlayStation 2 & Xbox||Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.|
|AirBlade||2002||PlayStation 2||Namco Hometek Inc.|
|Burnout 2: Point of Impact||2002||Gamecube, PlayStation 2 & Xbox||Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.|
|Burnout 3: Takedown||2004||PlayStation 2 & Xbox||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Burnout: Legends||2005||PSP, Nintendo DS||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Burnout Revenge||2005||PlayStation 2, Xbox & Xbox 360||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Black||2006||PlayStation 2 & Xbox||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Burnout Paradise||2008||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box||2009||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One & Windows||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)||2010||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & Windows||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Burnout CRASH!||2011||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 & iOS||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)||2012||PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Wii U & Windows||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Need for Speed: Rivals||2013||PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One & Windows||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Battlefield Hardline||2015||PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One & Windows||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Need for Speed (2015)||2015||PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Windows||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Star Wars Battlefront: Rogue One: X-wing VR Mission||2016||PlayStation VR||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Project cars||Cancelled||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
- ↑ http://www.polygon.com/gaming/2012/6/25/3115707/criterion-to-take-full-control-of-need-for-speed-and-burnout Polygon: Criterion to Take Full Control of Need for Speed and Burnout
- ↑ http://www.polygon.com/2014/1/3/5269474/co-founders-of-criterion-games-leave-studio Co-Founders of Criterion Games Leave Studio
- ↑ http://www.polygon.com/2014/3/5/5473770/criterion-founders-announce-new-indie-game-studio-three-fields Polygon: Criterion Founders Announce New Indie Game Studio Three Fields Entertainment
- ↑ http://www.polygon.com/2016/5/4/11591156/dangerous-golf-release-date-pc-ps4-xbox-one Polygon: Dangerous Golf Release Date
- ↑ http://www.technewstoday.com/31080-do-no-expect-a-burnout-game-or-remaster/ Tech News Today: Do Not Expect A Burnout Game or Remaster