Need for Speed: Most Wanted

Ward: Nintendo and EA "didn't give a s**t" about NFS

Three Fields co-founder elaborates on his departure from Criterion.

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Last week we told you that that Criterion co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry had started their own independent studio, Three Fields Entertainment.

The announcement came via Twitter, where the fledgling studio confirmed that it was unlikely that they wouldn't be making games for Nintendo's Wii U (although, to be fair, they did say "never say never").

So far so good, but since that initial conversation took place, more information has been revealed by Three Fields' Alex Ward, specifically about how lack of support from EA and Nintendo surrounding the release of Need for Speed: Most Wanted on Wii U pushed him to leave the company and strike out as an independent.

Initially one user accused Ward of not supporting Nintendo's new console, and then complaining that it didn't sell. "Totally wrong. I did," Ward replied. "Second, I complained when the company didnt even bother to press the discs with our game on."

After being challenged again by the same user, Ward continued his defence: "Hey, we worked our arses off. Neither NTDO or EA gave a shit about it. A group of us did try... Bitch and moan at the publishers not the developers."

When asked if he knew anything about an arguement between Nintendo and EA, Ward said: "we just did the coding. Like we had any choice over when it was released? Or the price? Everyone is so quick to blame the developers. Folks worked through New Year to deliver that. We tried to do our best. We even flew to NTDO to personally demo in a bid for mktg support. There was none."

"The game was not even physically released initally in Europe," he continued. "Members of the team could not even buy their own game. Do you think we were happy about that? Idris, Rob, Chris, Paul, Jim did what was asked of them. Everyone else let us down. Stuff like that pissed me off hence I left EA and have started my own company using my savings."

"So seeing as our families won't eat if we fuck up, we will choose our platforms carefully," Ward concluded. You can read the full exchange here.

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