"Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry have decided to leave EA," a spokesperson told Polygon this morning.
Welp. I'd drop some joke about how they were burned out, but that's been taken already.
Ward and Sperry co-founded Criterion Games, the studio behind Burnout. EA says that the studio is hard at work on a new project for next-gen consoles, and that Matt Webster will be heading up this new game as well as Criterion in general.
As for why they left, a recent tweet by Ward gives us some idea:
Good luck to you both. I can't wait to see what you end up doing.