Burnout developer Criterion moving away from racing games

Head of Guildford-based studio says "it is time to make something new."

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Burnout and Need for Speed developer Criterion Games has said "it is time to make something new" and that it is now moving away from racing games.

In a series of Tweets, boss of the UK developer Alex Ward told gamers not to get their hopes up for a new Need for Speed, Burnout, Road Rash, or Black from the studio anytime soon.

"Here is what I want folks to know," said 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."

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

Ward said the studio is now looking to make something new, but is not unveiling the new project yet. "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."

In June last year Ward said that the Need for Speed franchise was "definitely a Criterion gig now" and that the studio would leave its "stamp" on everything related to Need for Speed and Burnout in the future.

Criterion has made two Need for Speed games, starting with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit in 2010 and following up with Need for Speed: Most Wanted in 2012.

Despite Criterion moving away from the Need for Speed franchise, the future of the series is already assured: EA has formally established its Gothenburg-based studio Ghost to make Need for Speed games using DICE's Frostbite engine.

As for a new Burnout, Ward said the team would make it when the time was right. "I am proud of all of the Burnout games. When it feels right we will make another one. We are creative people."

The last game with the Burnout name was the top-down downloadable Burnout Crash in 2011. Five other Burnout games have been produced since 2001.

"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," concluded Ward. "We won't let you down! #tothefuture."

Discussion

121 comments
Antillio
Antillio

BAH! i really wanted Burnout Paradise 2 instead of NFS Most Wanted, with it's slow speed and tank cars.

cjmol
cjmol

No! No! No! No! NO!

Not possible!

You can't do this to us!

Please, please, please, please reconsider. 

chicNstu902
chicNstu902

Um you can't go and make another game until we get a proper sequel to BURNOUT on the next gen systems. Sorry can't allow it.

91210user
91210user

They'll make something weird and wonderful! There a chance that Burnout will be given to another developer to destroy if that's the case!

GeorgeSyll
GeorgeSyll

Good ridance. Nothing more to say.

SteelCurtainX
SteelCurtainX

I've been a fan of both the Burnout and NFS series for some time.  It doesn't hurt to see Criterion stop making NFS games because they weren't the original developers of the franchise and they... just weren't good at it.  I felt Hot Pursuit 2010 was a good game though, it just needed more time to be polished.  Maybe even a direct sequel in terms of style of play.  Most Wanted 2012 was a huge let down in my opinion and they should have never bothered with it.  It feels so empty and repetitive despite being a beautiful game with cool cars and great sound.

When it comes to Burnout being left behind, I'm really disappointed to see it happen.  To me, there is no Criterion without Burnout.  They are one in the same and I was really looking forward to what they could accomplish in a Burnout 6 game on the next generation consoles.  I will not doubt what they are capable of outside of racing games and I do hope for the best for Criterion as they travel a new path in a different game genre.  However, as a fan I can't say that I'll be following Criterion past Burnout. 

Scarshi
Scarshi

Most wanted needed truly destructible vehicles. That would have made it an epic version of Burnout! But alas, the car companies didn't want their perfect cars too banged up. Too bad. Need for Speed ruined the best part of Burnout. The beautiful, sweet, wrecks.

Scar_Tissue
Scar_Tissue

Make a sequel to BLACK. That game was fucking sick for it's time.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

"boss of the UK developer Alex Ward told gamers not to get their hopes up for a new Need for Speed" as if you were doing a magnificent job in making them!THANK GOD that you guys are gathering your stuff and leaving!now maybe some one new would shows up and fix the Damage you did to the franchise!

tightwad34
tightwad34

Good to hear. I moved away from racing games 10+ years ago.

Khoo1992
Khoo1992

A new Burnout similar to Burnout 3 please!
I don't mind another FPS if the game is like Black...

sanechupp
sanechupp

Fuck You, Make some stupid facebook game. These games are going downhill

indzman
indzman

Black II perhaps? BLACK was solid fps title for PS 2.

Flamerdragon
Flamerdragon

Better not be an MMO, got tired of those.

JimmeyBurrows
JimmeyBurrows

I'm all in favour of "new" but will it actually be something new or do they plan to copy something else?

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

I love the Burnout series, and while I haven't been a fan of Need for Speed, Hot Pursuit was pretty awesome.  Criterion really had the arcade/action racing genre down (not to be confused with the more realistic/simulated driving of games like GT and Forza).  The only other arcade racer I feel comes close is Ridge Racer, but that's heavy on over the top drifting and not collisions and other stunts.

So while I'm a little sad to see them move on, I can totally understand that from a developer standpoint it's got to get a little tedious doing the same thing all the time, especially when they're probably full of other ideas.  Rather than tweaking the game slightly and releasing a "new version", I applaud their decision to move on, and can't wait to see what they do in the future.  Best of luck!

stailcookie
stailcookie

Yeah, the only thing they are known for and have been doing a poor job of for years is now beneath them.

Stogin
Stogin

Oh boy, I hope it's another shooter, we don't have enough of those...for god's sake, make a good Burnout game!

wexorian
wexorian

Next EA moving away from Gaming industry or From NFS!

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Oh what a tease! Now I need to hear the stories behind that Black 2 comment.

I'm OK with them moving away from racing as I think they were getting a little stale. The last things I want to hear connected to Criterion though are F2P or MMO. Anything else and we'll be smiling.

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

Criterion moving away from racing games is bad and stupid. As a matter of fact, they should move away from EA.

agpickle
agpickle

Make another Burnout that is more the style of 3 and it will sell millions.
WTF are you doing EA.

commanderxp90
commanderxp90

I'm glad that developer decide to make another game like FPS, RPG, etc.  However, I loved playing the Burnout.  Burnout games are awesome, too. He is moving on for a while to work on something new.  We would see how happens.

jonathan112382
jonathan112382

i want one more burnout revenge it was the most fun i ever had in a racing game 

koospetoors
koospetoors

They should make an online military FPS.

BrYaNq93
BrYaNq93

I mean the new NFS were alright not horrible but alright. Reading this just made me sad.  NFS was like my COD, crappy gameplay but it was still enjoyable. damnit :(

peteuplink
peteuplink

After the complete mess that was NFS: Most Wanted this can only be a good thing.

AmnesiaHaze
AmnesiaHaze

thats a good idea after that BS that most wanted was , i loved the original MW and bought it just because i was expecting more of the same good experience , instead i got the crappiest racing game ive played lately

Sefrix
Sefrix

Black was absolutely amazing. Just like the old Burnout games it was just plain fun to play. If they can do that with their next game, I'm in.

Toadamus
Toadamus

I don't know whats going on this year.. all i have been seeing is bad news for the gaming world.

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

Black 2 and it will suck more than Medal of Honor cuz EA will publish it.

4r0d0
4r0d0

Happy to hear this. Actually, more developers should try making something totally new for once. IMO, the game market has become way to over saturated with Reboots, Remakes, Sequels, and "side-stories".  Now, more people just need to let things go and be excited about getting new IPs, wouldn't that be something!

neocommi
neocommi

NOOO, Burnout is the only racing franchise that is still actually good!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

They should try making an RPG or a fighting game. something in genre they have not done.

Vodoo
Vodoo

I was playing through the OG NFS: Most Wanted when Criterions Most Wanted redo launched. After going directly from the original to the remake, I can tell you Criterions version SUCKED. Hot Pursuit wasn't that great either compared to the original. They obviously didn't get that the best thing in those games was their arcade driving and feel. That I could easily fly around a corner at 100mph. 

When I switched over to the newer games, the cars felt so much heavier and had no arcade feel whatsoever. Their games felt like sims compared to the classics. They make their own games well, and if the NFS games weren't remakes of older, better games, they would be good games on their own merit. But as a NFS: HP or NFS: MW remake, they blew.

tushwacker
tushwacker

@SteelCurtainX Agreed.. and these guys have the Road Rash rights? Road Rash 64 is right up there with Goldeneye, Starfox, and Turok as my favorite N64 games of all time..

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

I can only assume you haven't played 3 if you think Revenge is the best if the series.

blackjoker86
blackjoker86

@Toadamus your speaking the truth there brother companies I've grown up with are either shutting down, or being called the worst company

4r0d0
4r0d0

@sonicblast19 


CAN WE EVER WIN!? CAN WE? CAN WE? AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

@4r0d0 New doesn't always mean better, and sadly their track record gives me nothing to be excited about...

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

@neocommi PLaying Paradise after Takedown feels like the series was heading down the NFS world where cars move like tanks.

silviu_1784
silviu_1784

@Vodoo =)) NFS HOT PURSUIT AND MOST WANTED FEEL LIKE SIMULATIONS? =))) . Those games are the definition of arcade racing . You just tap the brake while accelarating and you can drift with any car at 300kmph .

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

@4r0d0 @sonicblast19 As long as these mother*bleep*-ing corporations rule the industry we will never win.Just for curiosity what was the last good game you played that felt like a breath of fresh air?

sonicblast19
sonicblast19

@voljin1987 @sonicblast19 @4r0d0 Well I played Ocarina of Time gamecube edition since I got a gamecube this winter and Splinter Cell 3D and MGs3D on 3DS and those are old games remastered,so there are not too many new and good games.Just sequels that play the same,that's very unfortunate.