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.

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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.
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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