Criterion Games has become synonymous with excellent racing games. However, the studio behind Burnout appears to be moving onto something completely different.
Speaking on Twitter, the studio's creative director Alex Ward talked about how "after over a decade of making racing games it's time to make something new." That means no remakes, no reboots, and no sequels. Guess that means we can scratch off that long-rumored Road Rash reboot, huh?
Criterion has made a non-racing game before. Black launched on PS2 and Xbox in 2006. However, Ward confirms that Black 2 is definitely not in the works. "Volumes to tell on that topic, but will save that for when I get a book deal," he said.
Although Ward is keen to move beyond Burnout, the franchise hasn't been tabled. However, it will be quite some time before the franchise comes back. "I am proud of all of the Burnout games. When it feels right we will make another one... After 13 years it's not that time right now," he added.
Ward notes that it is "early days" for his new project, and therefore has nothing to "announce" at the moment.
It's been four years since we've seen a proper Burnout game from Criterion. Lately, the studio has been assigned on the annualized Need for Speed series, having worked on Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted. Fans who fear that the team has abandoned its beloved series can rest their minds a bit as creative director Craig Sullivan has promised that Criterion will work on a new Burnout in the future.
"There's still a lot of stuff we want to do with driving," he said. "We will make another Burnout game at some point. Obviously, as we're working on NFS we're thinking of really good ideas that aren't right for this series; there are ideas that we're going to explore with Burnout."
While Criterion will undoubtedly work on a new Burnout game some time in the future, the team may have its sights on other projects. The team could consider making a non-driving game, for example. "I mean, we made Black, I was the lead designer â" we might make a game about blowing the crap out of each other!" he told The Guardian (via Gamespot).
Criterion may also want to work on a different EA franchise. "When we did Burnout Paradise we did some motorbike DLC and now everyone thinks that we're going to do Road Rash at some point," Sullivan said, adding "Road Rash seems like a good fit for Criterion."