What do you usually do when the product of your hard work is finally released into the market and as far as the eye can see, gets a positive reception? Rationally, of course celebrate. For a well-known gaming company, this success should cement the fact that they are moving in the right direction. However, something unexpected happened to Criterion Games, which just released Need for Speed Unbound to the market. Instead of something promising, he was abandoned by 5 high-ranking veterans.
No kidding, these 5 high ranking officials have been involved with Criterion for at least a dozen years. They are Matt Webster (VP), Alan McDrairmant (GM), Andrei Shires (Senior Technical Director), Pate Lake (Executive Producer), and Steve Uphill (Head of Content). The five of them used the reason “want to find new career opportunities outside of EA” as the main reason for leaving.
5 Criterion Games officials leave after the release of Need for Speed Unbound.
To fill the gap, EA immediately transferred two people to take care of Need for Speed as a franchise. They are Charity Joy from the UFC franchise who will now become the Executive Producer of Need for Speed and Geoff Smith from Codemasters (Dirt & Grid) who will now become the Senior Director of Product Development for Need for Speed.
There has not been a more detailed explanation regarding the effect that will occur from the departure of 5 high-ranking Criterion Games who have not yet announced where their new location will be anchored. What do you think about this situation?