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Criterion Exit Racing Genre

Posted by Ken Barnes

Heading toward new projects.

Criterion Games head honcho Alex Ward has taken the strange - if respectable - step of issuing an official statement regarding the company's future plans. Usually, we'd be left to speculate on whether a new Burnout game is on the way, or whether they're working on Black 2, but this clears all that up.

In the statement, he makes repeated references to the amazing Back To The Future series of films - make of that what you will - and officially declares that Criterion are out of the racing genre. That's tough to take, given that the studio is responsible for such amazing racing games, ranging from the original Burnout on the PS2, Gamecube, and Xbox, all the way through to the likes of Burnout Paradise and more recently, two Need for Speed titles that truly revitalised the franchise.

There's no word on what they ARE working on right now (please, please, let it be a Back To The Future game), but the full statement is as follows:-

Here is what I want folks to know. 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.

As a diehard NES gamer in the late '80s UK I was misled by many gaming mags hinting at games to be released.

Most games did not get a PAL release. Most of the hot stuff was JPN and USA only. Hence I hate to mislead ANYONE. No point saving up hard earned money for your fave game not to come. Trust me, I have been there."

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.

So I hope you will join us on a new journey. Hope it makes sense. #Butit'syourkidsMarty! #PromiseMeWe'llBeBackInTime.

No Black2 either folks. Volumes to tell on that topic, but will save that for when I get a book deal...

Thanks for the support everybody. We won't let you down! #tothefuture.


So, it's so long, Criterion, and thanks for all the drifts.

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User Comments (2)



antdickens said:

It's a shame, in many ways, but with Most Wanted I'm not sure where the series would go... it's got everything in there that they wanted to do, so how do you top it?

I can imagine working on the same series of games for 10 years is probably enough to tire many people, looking forward to what they work on next!



SuperKMx said:

@antdickens Agreed - what they could do from Most Wanted is very limited, but I just think that their obvious talent for racing games could be utilised in another way, somehow. A racing title somehow tied into e-sports might be a good play right now, or even an entirely new subgenre of racing.

Still, I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

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