Criterion shoots down NFS: Underground reboot rumors

Creative director Alex Ward calls leaked logo "totally fake," says studio not planning to make any more sequels or remakes.

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Yesterday, a source provided EGMNow with information and a logo for a Need for Speed: Underground reboot reportedly in development at Criterion Games. This report is false, the developer has asserted.

After this report was published, creative director Alex Ward wrote on Twitter (via Videogamer): "Totally fake. Remakes and Reboots? #movedon."

He followed that tweet up with another that suggests Criterion is working on something altogether new.

"May as well add this. Sequels. Reboots. Remakes. Been there. Done that," he said.

Ward never references the original story in his tweets, so it is possible that his comments are unrelated. However, given the timing, this seems unlikely.

Criterion Games created the Burnout series and most recently developed the reboots Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) and Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012).

The studio currently does not have any announced projects, though Criterion's Craig Sullivan last year promised the developer would one day make another Burnout game.

Discussion

238 comments
Tommy996
Tommy996

Need For Speed + Criterion = END OF JOY

peteuplink
peteuplink

I'm glad they're aren't rebooting Underground as their take on Most Wanted was awful. The cars handled like the steering was attached to the rear wheels and the police were just annoying and only ever seemed to go after the player, not the AI cars who are also breaking the law.

Phrosnite
Phrosnite

NOooooooooooooooo! Underground 2 is my favourite racing game! Reboot it! Criterion!

Zetsuie
Zetsuie

An underground 3 would be very interesting

duron2
duron2

Aww I loved the Underground series, 2 of my favourites need for speeds till this day, along with NFS 3 hot pursuit, and Carbon.

BrYaNq93
BrYaNq93

His comments seems to lack any passion towards this franchise.  Ive always wanted a reboot of the original most wanted but they just dont seem to get what made NFS, a NFS game

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

...Who cares.

Ever since Burnout Revenge their games have been crap.
(When you make it so you don't crash while hitting cars... you are destroying burnout at it's very core)

I had really high hopes for most wanted... but given the absolute lack of structure an any motivating factors to continue your game... "progress" if it can even be called that for NFS:MW

I'm ready for a reboot of Road Rash. That would be awesome. As long as you don't hit a car and send it flying while you are unphased.

Seriously... DUMBEST IDEA EVER.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Why is it so hard to release something as fun as Burnout 3/Revenge? I don't want to roam through a freaking city. Gimme a small, predefined track where I can wreck havoc in a tuned car. I couldn't care less about brands.

bruta
bruta

oh noes!! such quality loss

dylan417
dylan417

If not Criterion, somebody!

Drewskie21
Drewskie21

...NFSMW was incredible, people! 

sanechupp
sanechupp

Criterion is starting to be a bust. 2 Burnout games in 8 years, it doesn't take that long to make a quality game. They should have the original developer make Underground but I'm sure EA destroyed that like Pandemic which is a crime. Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted are not, are not Burnout

klakier82
klakier82

That's actually good news because Criterion killed NFS:Most Wanted. C'mon Criterion ...was it so hard to add some story to the whole racing. take a look at the first Most Wanted. this game had a story behind it. Who cares if it was shallow and generic but racing had a reason in it. It seems like new MW was ONLY an online project. After this dissapointment and Hot Pursuit NOT buying any game from criterion ever again.

The_Mo25
The_Mo25

If not making new NFS Underground , then they should make new NFS Pro Street that's will be awesome

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

MORE BURNOUT. MOAR. It's my favourite racing franchise ever.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Burnout 1 introduced an innovative and very fun type of arcade racing game.  Burnout 2 improved the formula in almost every facet.  Burnout 3 was mindblowingly fun and strangely improved an already perfect formula - online was done with perfection.  Burnout Revenge - it was ok, but something is missing here...  Burnout Paradise.  WTF!?!  Did these guys ever play Burnout 3 - or any game in the series!?!  How could you ruin an already perfect game???

bmart970
bmart970

I would really like them to make another Burnout. It's been too long.

XBlade1X
XBlade1X

Thank goodness. If there is ever going to be a sequel or reboot of the Underground games, it needs to be done properly and not like some zero depth social game that gets boring in the first 10 minutes.

k_h_a_n
k_h_a_n

NFS MIDNIGHT CLUB II HD

Rayrota
Rayrota

After their last two reboots, whatever.

26whitewolf
26whitewolf

Criterion was good back in the burnout 3 takedown and burnout revenge days.

Rayrota
Rayrota

@VenkmanPHD "When you make it so you don't crash while hitting cars"

Small, same lane traffic. Hit anything else, you crash'll all the same.

sLAUGHTERhouse0
sLAUGHTERhouse0

@VenkmanPHD  Dude, SHUT UP about the "not crashing into cars" bullshit. You sound like a broken record. Guess what? Their version of Most Wanted didn't have the traffic shunting found in Revenge. Get over yourself. You don't like the game, that's fantastic. But to keep harping on the same bullshit over and fucking over again is ridiculous.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Trickymaster No. Revenge is what killed the series. Being able to hit cars and not crash went against every single part of what made burnout 3 so incredibly fun. 


VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Drewskie21 Yeah, until you realize that without any structure to take you from the begenning of the game to the end that there is no motivation what-so-ever to continue playing.

I loved the racing in that game... but the way they put it all together just killed it for me.

Of course, we are talking about the same company that decided it was ok to hit cars and NOT crash in burnout...

It's all gone downhill after burnout 3.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@klakier82 It's not the lack of story, it was the lack of structure.

I'd have been fine if there was no story, but there was at least a garage to keep MY car in, and then not have EVERY kind of car available from the get go.

It was like playing a game in beta phase with debug mode on.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@ZachBobBob Too bad they killed it when they introduced hitting cars without crashing in revenge.

Took away the ENTIRE point of playing burnout.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Sevenizz Something Missing? It was called CRASHING. They decided that crashing on the same side of the road was stupid... or some nonsense.

That absolutely killed burnout for me and no other title in the series has ever lived up to 3 because they KEEP THAT RETARDED aspect of it in.

gryzor2099
gryzor2099

@Sevenizz There was also Burnout Dominator which was the first game in the series that sucked.

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

@Sevenizz I agree with everything you said until you got to Paradise. I'm a HUGE Burnout fan and I absolutely loved Paradise. But to be honest, I haven't touched Paradise in years while I still play Revenge to this day.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@XBlade1X Zero Depth Social Game...

Jesus if that had only been on the box. I wouldn't have spent $60 bucks.

This is why I buy used games all the time. I don't get SCREWED out of my hard earned money for BS.

wexorian
wexorian

@Rayrota Hot pursuit reboot was fine, as For overall NFS games after msot wanted They all suck compared to old ones :P

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@26whitewolf Revenge? There wasn't a single redeeming quality about that game.

No matter what they did, how can you get around the fact that hitting cars on the same side of the street no longer makes you crash?

It was absolute NONSENSE and took the entire point of playing burnout away.

HUGE CRASHES while racing at breakneck speeds.

Skrilla_XS
Skrilla_XS

Agreed, Paradise was monotonous garbage. And the NFS reboots were not of note.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

@VenkmanPHD @Trickymaster That's the part I didn't like. But you gotta look at the positive. It was the fastest Burnout. I had the X360 version and I loved the hell out of this game. The particle effects and crashes that's what it's all about.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@gryzor2099 @sanechupp Pft... please.

There hasn't been a Burnout since Burnout 3.

As soon as they introduced the ability to hit cars and not crash... it absolutely killed what burnout was.

klakier82
klakier82

@VenkmanPHD @klakier82 That's right. The game was a fail when it comes to script and scenario (did it had any?)For me it was like playing a game totaly focused on online racing.Sure the graphics and  visuals were good. but there was no common sense in the racing. You have acces to all the cars but you dont own any (Garage option?) . C'mon. What made previous MW a good game? It was progressing. The chase for better and faster cars, spare parts and the guys on the most wanted list- everyone with his own designed supercar and background story. Finally the last duell with Razor gave a feeling we are actually in some kind of adventure.That is missing. I've heard many complaints about THE RUN but as I played new MW i must say that The Run was 3 times better.

jonasas2
jonasas2

@Skrilla_XS naaaaah man, it was fun. the game was purely about racing, no stupid story. just pure racing fun

26whitewolf
26whitewolf

@Skrilla_XS

I consider Paradise one of the most unfun AAA racing titles i've ever played. I completed it actually, waiting for something good (that never happened) during that dreadful and repetitive career. 

Online also terrible,

ZachBobBob
ZachBobBob

@VenkmanPHD @ZachBobBob @Sevenizz There's a sort of fine art to traffic checking I think :D Plus the tracks are designs amazingly, people think that fact you can ram half the traffic means you just never crash, but there's so many obstacles and crap you have to dodge and weave through.

And I actually love it when you're just blazing through lines of traffic on a highway and it just get's out of hand and there's cars flying everywhere. Plus you can't exactly check lorries and large vehicles.

VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@jonasas2 @Skrilla_XS I respect the idea of that. However, that shouldn't be a full 60$ game experience. That is something suited for pick up and play.

Something I would play handheld or for a short while in the morning.

When I drop 60$ on a game, I expect an experience. Not a little fun time here and there.