Criterion: "After Over a Decade of Making Racing Games it's Time to Make Something New"
Written Tuesday, April 16, 2013 By Lee BradleyView author's profile
Criterion Games is not working on a new Burnout, Need for Speed or Road Rash game, Creative Director Alex Ward has revealed. Instead the studio is making “something new.”
Ward made the statement on Twitter in response to fan messages calling for new Criterion-developed games in existing franchises.
“Here is what I want folks to know,” wrote Ward. “Some folks are eternally disappointed. Nothing I can do about that. So many tweets asking for new Burnout.
“Equally many tweets asking for a new NFS game from us. Also Road Rash. Whilst I love all of those games, I am personally not doing any.
“No point saving up hard earned money for your fave game not to come. Trust me, I have been there,” he continued.
“After over a decade of making racing games it's time to make something new. It is early days thus I have nothing to ‘announce’ or talk about.
"I will do my best to keep folks in the loop who want to follow what we play or what inspires us. Or what we might be listening to.
"But if you are following me expecting some Megaton of a new Burnout game, or an Underground remake then I have to disappoint you."
“I am proud of all of the Burnout games. When it feels right we will make another one. We are creative people.”
As a final sting in the tail for fans expecting a return to Criterion’s hit 2006 Xbox shooter, Ward said, "No Black2 either folks. Volumes to tell on that topic, but will save that for when I get a book deal...
So what can we expect from Criterion as the next generation of consoles looms on the horizon? We’ll have to wait and see. But whatever it is, considering the studio’s pedigree, our hopes are high.