Criterion hiring for open-world racer on new platforms

Burnout, NFS: Hot Pursuit developer staffing up for follow-up to this fall's downloadable Burnout Crash.

Criterion Games graced the headlines last month when the developer announced Burnout Crash, a top-down racing game due out on Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network. With that game slated to ship this fall, it appears the developer is shifting to work on an open-world game that will appear on "new platforms."

Criterion is working on a new open-world racer and is looking for help building it.

A new career listing at Criterion for an AI Programmer (spotted by Videogamer) hints that the developer is creating an open-world racing game, like it did with Burnout Paradise. The job overview states, "Our current ambition requires an innovative programmer to deliver killer entertainment experiences with believable, open world AI Racing Drivers."

Additionally, another listing, this one for a Lead Software Engineer, hints that Criterion is bringing its new game to "new platforms." The overview of this position asks for a person "to help create a new extension to the existing Criterion team focusing on developing on new platforms."

As for what the new platforms might be, the next generation of systems is rumored to be announced next year. Additionally, there are still more near-term platforms Criterion has yet to appear on, such as the 3DS and the PlayStation Vita.

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75 comments
TreyTable
TreyTable

With NFS gone back to sucking, we need a Burnout for 2012.

vix
vix

They really need another Burnout on the current systems. Screw "next gen." We're still in this gen!!

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

I wasn't a huge fan of "paradise city" being the theme of burnout paradise. I found it to be really corny and redundant. I eventually turned off the song entirely within the EA trax list.

jasonredemption
jasonredemption

I really wish they'd make another Burnout for the current generation, another open world racing game that is as beautiful as Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Paulm12
Paulm12

Please criterion add single event from burnout 3 and legends, crash mode, and the ability to section off parts of the track for certain races (like NFS:HP, where you can drive around the open world, or play races with the options blocked off) also, the signature shortcuts (from burnout dominator, even though you guys didn't make it) would be cool in an open world game.

devilsportal
devilsportal

---786--- i admit current generation of consoles is getting weaker n weaker but ITS NOT THAT WEAK... paradise was one of the earliest titles on this generation it did a great job but it didnt utilized the true potential of this generation of consoles. so atleast one more burnout title should come to the current generation.also the hint concerning the generation of consoles is not v clear so nothing can be said now...

Saamic
Saamic

.......NFS Paradise sounds like it would be amazing

berto64
berto64

Burnout or a NFS street racing game.please

P90E21
P90E21

Give me new Burnout ::D

variable21
variable21

and i thought the would be ready(!) by now... sigh... i do want a new burnout though, if it comes out ill buy it, paradise was ...paradise ! ;-)

Kag359six
Kag359six

those are some pretty big shoes to fill

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

MAKE A NEW BURNOUT! The only thing that would stop me playing minecraft and bring me back to my xbox :D Like everyone else was saying, like paradise, but with races like revenge and takedown and a crash mode like point of impact and takedown. That would officially be my favourite game of all time :)

StarWatchers
StarWatchers

The term "open-world" has just put me right off buying this.

Tviper7
Tviper7

@ lufious SOMEBODY PLEASE SHOOT THIS GUY! keep crapterian games a way from NFS, Good Riddance! they turned NFS into need for speed burnout last year completely ruined it by making a game about high speed and good driving into Super Easy Drift and Wreck Spectacle for the idiot masses, that was not a true need for speed game and it sold accordingly bad like the last 3 NFS games barely reaching 1 million after the holidays where over.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I would really, really like a Paradise 2 to come out THIS generation! Only change I would make? It's actually an addition or a re-incorporation. Keep the open world feel of Paradise, but just like CoD has the additional "zombie mode" and "spec ops", couldn't Criterion have a separate "Crash Mode" bringing us back to the big-money-big-prizes aspect of Takedown? Then, this game would be perfection.

endorbr
endorbr

I would like to see a new Burnout stick to the Paradise model but throw in some more fixed race elements from previous Burnouts too. It would be nice to be able to have open world races and specific route races. An environment that is somewhat more destructible would be kinda nice too. Gets a little old after a while when every little thing that isn't a light pole or road sign acts like a brick wall.

endorbr
endorbr

There is some poor wording in this article that I think may be confusing some people. This isn't saying that the new game will be on next gen systems. That last paragraph only says that next gen systems are rumored to be announced next year, which really means they don't know what systems it will be on.

monkeypukefight
monkeypukefight

anyways i hope its something like paradise, but with a separate crashmode like bo3.

monkeypukefight
monkeypukefight

i agree that burnout 3 was the best one. but still... burnout paradise was and still is the best next gen racer. just name one where you have more fun than in paradise.

unDeny
unDeny

I'd really just go for the current or better yet 'next-gen' rendition of the streamlined-mayhem-arcade-epic that was Burnout 3.. That said (just popped into my head!), when are we gonna see the new DBZ game? Sure the story is ovr, the characters all seen.. But imho, the next great DBZ title is yet to come since Budokai 3 (u feelin me >_>?!).. I still play it!

unDeny
unDeny

I'd really just go for the current or better yet 'next-gen' rendition of the streamlined-mayhem-arcade-epic that was Burnout 3.. That said (just popped into my head!), when are we gonna see the new DBZ game? Sure the story is ovr, the characters all seen.. But imho, the next great DBZ title is yet to come since Budokai 3 (u feelin me >_>?!).. I still play it!

jgr9
jgr9

BURNOUT 3 WAS THE BEST BURNOUT! Open world was annoying and somehow managed to be lame for Burnout. Also, crashes in general have been toned down/made more realistic since Revenge... and crash mode sucks in Paradise.

endorbr
endorbr

@hush404 - Hear hear.

hush404
hush404

Burnout on Vita would make my day.

demonic_85
demonic_85

It's about time, Paradise was one of the best games this generation IMO.

VillNess
VillNess

@Lox_Cropek That's why you spend some time with the game and learn the routes... It's really not that hard and as the finish line is always one of the 8. And there aren't that many routes neither. Also, it does have a compass too. Them road signs on top of screen show where to go, if the left one is blinking, you go left. if right is blinking you go right, if it doesn't blink you go straight.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

Criterion make great games - hope they do something for the Vita :)

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Lazy_Marine Thank GOD someone in the world has sense. Burnout 3 was by far the best, I often say that and get slated for it. I don't mind the open-world element to games, but I'd rather have it like it was. Closed circuit races with a vast choice of cars should be the direction to head - with amazing crashes. Oh and they should totally bring back the real crash mode. *sigh*....

subzero300
subzero300

Excellent - this is wonderful news. Paradise was...well....paradise!

Lox_Cropek
Lox_Cropek

Please, not open-world! I hated the open-world in Burnout Paradise. Had to check the map every 3 seconds to see if I was going on the right direction

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@ Lazy Marine I liked the open world when just cruising and exploring, but I hated that the entire world stayed open for races. I get that it was to give racers freedom to get to the finish line using any route they wanted, but more often than not the route used was the one with the longest straights and fewest corners. It got boring.

Lazy_Marine
Lazy_Marine

I wish to see a return of Burnout 3 , that was the best ever burnout. I hated the open world system in paradise, and the crashes were really dumbed down. Burnout 3 Crashes were Epic !

neils_den
neils_den

I loved Paradise. Twitch-reaction racing and a great open feel. Nothing complicated, no spending hours changing gear ratios or suspension settings, just wheelspinning and stunt driving and... well, I loved it. Make more of that and I'll buy.

lufious
lufious

i wonder why they just don't take over making the need for speed franchise! because, well, according to me, they did u marvelous job with NFS;HP.i give em' respect.

OtherFabbros
OtherFabbros

Criterion is dead like his Burnout series, i'm doub for the future of Burnout

blaze_adeel
blaze_adeel

its probably a new burnout coming to xbox and ps3 and the new platform might be vita

MrGreenBeanz
MrGreenBeanz

Please be a launch title for the next xbox!

vadicta
vadicta

@WIIDan7 I played Paradise a bit, and I just couldn't stand it. I thought it obscured the beginnings and ends of the tracks and made it difficult to navigate and all to easy to lose your place and the race. But to each his own, I suppose :)

muzza93
muzza93

Not Open World!! loved all burnouts except Paradise. too hard to tell which street to turn off at when ur goin 300mph. I wont mind if when u get into a race all other roads are blocked off except for short cuts, like hot pursuit

WiseLyrics
WiseLyrics

how about hiring me for soundtrack producer!

Flint247
Flint247

I could use a racing game right now. :)

jm3811
jm3811

What Criterion says is nothing new and very much the trend. If they want to be takien seriously though, they'd better avoid mentioning Burnout Crash.

lobotomies4free
lobotomies4free

YES! was worried it could be a while before we heard more about their next AAA offering