Alex Ward and Fiona Perry are leaving Electronic Arts' owned Criterion Games to set up their own studio and hopefully bring some of the legendary Burnout magic we've come look fondly upon.
Alex Ward was the vice president and creative director of Criterion, while Sperry, studio director of the UK-based developer that brought us Burnout as well as Black and some of Need for Speed.
EA told Polygon that, "Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have decided to leave EA," a spokesperson told Polygon this morning. "We appreciate their many contributions through the years and wish them well in their future endeavours.
"The incredibly creative and talented team at Criterion are hard at work on a new project for next-gen consoles as new IP continues to be a major priority across EA. Matt Webster is leading development of the new game and the Criterion studio moving forward. Matt has been part of Criterion for years and has an exciting vision for this new game."
Meanwhile, Alex Ward tweeted to Dave Cook at VG247, "Just decided to start afresh and form a new games company with @FionaSperry #freshstart"
We can't be the only ones cheering wildly and loudly about this surely?