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Criterion Software
Subsidiary of Electronic Arts
Criterion Games Logo
History
Founded 1993
Status Active
Industry Independent (1996 - 2002)
Internal (2004 - Present)
Based in Guildford, Surrey, UK
Website www.criteriongames.com
Criterion Games is a Guildford, England based video game developer. It is best known for its work on the Burnout series, Black video games, the Need for Speed series, and the RenderWare middleware game engine.

HistoryEdit

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.

RenderWare was used in such games as Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, and Crackdown, and Crackdown 2.

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 EA has since withdrawn RenderWare from the commercial middleware market although EA do honour previous contracts for third party use of the middleware engine.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.[1]

On January 3, 2014, Vice President and Creative Director of Criterion Games; Alex Ward, and Studio Director Fiona Sperry both left Criterion Games.[2] They later announced their new studio on March 3, 2014 called Three Fields Entertainment[3], and their first game, Dangerous Golf, released on June 4, 2016.[4]

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.[5]

On November 22, 2016, the Xbox 360 releases of Burnout Paradise and Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box were made playable on the Xbox One through backwards compatibility.

Released GamesEdit

Title Year Platform Publisher
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.

References Edit

  1. 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
  2. http://www.polygon.com/2014/1/3/5269474/co-founders-of-criterion-games-leave-studio Co-Founders of Criterion Games Leave Studio
  3. 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
  4. http://www.polygon.com/2016/5/4/11591156/dangerous-golf-release-date-pc-ps4-xbox-one Polygon: Dangerous Golf Release Date
  5. http://www.technewstoday.com/31080-do-no-expect-a-burnout-game-or-remaster/ Tech News Today: Do Not Expect A Burnout Game or Remaster

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