Burnout dev hiring for PS Vita

United Kingdom-based Criterion Games reportedly staffing up for mystery project on Sony's newest portable device.

Burnout developer Criterion Games is reportedly hiring for a PlayStation Vita project. Eagle-eyed Internet sleuth Superannuation spotted a job listing for a software engineer at the United Kingdom-based developer that called for a person to optimize and tune the "game resource system for the PS Vita."

Is Criterion bringing a new racing game to the PS Vita?

The job listing has apparently been amended, as it now states this person will optimize and tune the "game resource system for other platforms." As of press time, Criterion Games parent company Electronic Arts had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

Criterion Games released Burnout Crash last year on Xbox Live but has not made public any new projects. The last retail effort from the shop was 2010's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, which won warm reviews and shipped more than 5 million copies. A new Need for Speed title has been confirmed to ship in 2012.

Last August, job listings at the studio hinted that a forthcoming project from the company would be set in an open world--like the studio's 2008 hit Burnout Paradise--and ship for new platforms. For more on Criterion Games' latest title, check out GameSpot's review of Burnout Crash.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

If they made a new version of Burnout 3 (the best one) including cross-play with the Vita/PS3 I would be absolutely sold.

 

Seriously looking forward to the announcement when it comes :D

PSaddict
PSaddict

This better be Burnout. It's not Criterion Games when they stick to NFS.

itchyflop
itchyflop

yeeeheeess!! burnout on vita, loved it on Xbox played it for years and still do.

benboz
benboz

Burnout on Vita would be awesome

ReiShingami1
ReiShingami1

Burnout on Vita should be awesome, if it come out good, then it will be another game for Vita for me.

Raeldor
Raeldor

Oh yeah!  Burnout Legends was one of my favourite games on the PSP.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

After Need For Burnout Hot Pursuit Speed I'm like WTF......

After their little Burnout Crash joke I'm even more like WTF?

I didn't care for either of them, the last Burnout I liked was Burnout Revenge.

gazza_gamerNZ
gazza_gamerNZ

I'd buy any racing game from Criterion. Burnout Legends is still probably my favorite handheld racer.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

they also release burnout crash on psn has well and not just on xbl

Ringx55
Ringx55

It's about time I need a burnout fix!

EggEmperor
EggEmperor

I'm hoping to the high heavens that this is a Burnout game!

Aentikraist
Aentikraist

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!!! cmmon do Need for speed and burnout for the vita u can do it we need Need for speed underground 3 need for speed hight stakes revamp and more for the vita!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Really hope this is full Burnout game for the Vita - I mean Crash was OK but the Vita could use a big name game!!

QOSMSTR
QOSMSTR

NICE. We really need some more Vita releases!

dylan417
dylan417

This world needs another Burnout game, the last one was Paradise in 2007 and in my opinion, it is still the best racing game there is.

pez2k_
pez2k_

Is it just me, or does it not seem more likely that this is for a port of NFS 2012 rather than a new title?

SomePlayaDude
SomePlayaDude

Hmm i am a big fan of Burnout, but i really don't know if a REAL Burnout (not Crash) with touch screen controls would work.

 

Loved Paradise because of it's free roam, i can go jumping ramps/smashing gates/ramming signs/make drag races/do a barrel roll when i want to, it introduced me to the amazing classic known as 80s rock, it's many references to past burnouts, and the DLCs were wacky.

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

Criterion needs to drop NFS like a bad habit and get hopping on a new, original open world racer a la 'Burnout Paradise City'.  That game was a blast.  NFS, not so much.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Here's me hoping Burnout Paradise 2 is front and center at E3.  I loved that game all the way through to the beach expansion.  Such a great game.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

Would be great to see another open world Burnout as long as they fix the issues with Paradise. It was frustrating when you ended up losing a race because of accidentally making one wrong turn, since the tracks weren't closed off at all. 

Good-Smurf
Good-Smurf

PS vita really need some good racing games on it because as of now it don't have any good racing game,inferior F1,Forced DLC racer,A high res iphone game,a futuristic car combat game and a go kart game that just doesn't appeal much for

racing fans.

Criterion Games will surely brings some vibrant and fun racing game to vita.

I'm a racing games fan myself and now have to make do with Rayman Origins and

Uncharted Golden Abyss both are greats but I really need some good racer for vita.

-ArchAngeL-777-
-ArchAngeL-777-

Man I so hope this is an open world project for Vita like Burnout Paradise.   It could actually be a multiplatform game that happens to also be getting a port to Vita.

Pelon208
Pelon208

So the Vita is dying right?? 

deadman578
deadman578

Awesome I hope there's more quality support like this for the Vita.I would like to buy it one day.

supermoc10
supermoc10

As long as it's nothing like Crash, I'm cool with it.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @QOSMSTR don't worry there some new games for the vita that is about to be release resistance: burning skies and gravity rush just to name a few

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @SomePlayaDude they don't have to use the touch screen the vita unlike smart phones has normal controls most likely they would just use it for the menu and maybe couple of stuff but who really knows

shadow580
shadow580

 @SomePlayaDude I didn't like how they put a ton of songs from different genres into a blender and just dumped it in there. There were a ton of classical songs that were totally anticlimactic. 

shadow580
shadow580

 @Spartan_418 yeah, I found myself looking at the map half the race to make sure I wouldn't make a wrong turn and lose. I would have wished Paradise to have been a open world hybrid, where tracks get invisible walls when you start the race like it was in previous Burnout games or an optimal route would be painted on the mini map.

FreakAche
FreakAche

 @Spartan_418 I don't see that as an issue. That was part of the fun. As you learned the layout of the city, you would start to become better and better at the races.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

 @Spartan_418 So what was the "issue with Paradise"? The open world races were what made the game unique, and awesome. Closing off the routes would make it a different game, having to choose the right route and not make a wrong turn was what made it fun. That's like saying "Halo is frustrating when I try to shoot aliens but I accidentally miss". They should fix that. 

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @Good-Smurf it has good racing games wipeout 2048 and modnation racer both of these games are allot of fun to play

supermoc10
supermoc10

 @-ArchAngeL-777- Even though I loved the structure of old Burnout games, the open world structure is way better IMO.

supermoc10
supermoc10

 @Pelon208 No it's not, in fact a lot of cool games are already coming out and it's only gonna get better at E3!

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

 @shadow580 you can choose which songs from the soundtrack play...

 

ironically, I actually made it play only the classical ones.

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

 @shadow580 I also hope they never do the NFS invisible wall thing. What's the point of making an open world if you don't leave it open? There's just not enough variety in closed track races as when you have all the cars tearing across the city in any way they can get to the finish. I just wish it had split screen, and you could get into competitive online races easier, instead of having to wait for the leader to start a race.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

 @shadow580 do you realize they had something in the game that helps you to know to turn without the map

 

I had no problem with the game I almost got 100% in it

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @FreakAche It wasn't that simple, though. Sometimes you would get forced off the track in ways that weren't your fault. Like, another car might force you off the track. Or maybe you knew the course well, but you were using a new car with different handling, so you weren't able to drift around a certain corner the way you normally did. In a normal racing game, moments like those would result in you smashing into a barrier and being able to recover, rather then getting lost.Don't get me wrong, it was a great game, I put countless hours into it despite this.

Spartan_418
Spartan_418

 @ElFlechero Except that missing a shot in Halo or getting killed once doesn't almost guarantee losing an entire match...

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

 @Spartan_418 Again, the Halo equivilant to that would be "but sometimes it's not my fault when I miss. Sometimes the other players shoot me, or I'm using a different gun." That's the game.