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Former Burnout Devs Working on New Driving Game

Ex-Criterion developers returning to what they do best.


Alex Ward, the director of the Burnout series, has confirmed work has begun on a new driving game. He announced the project with a short and sweet message on Twitter, but no further details on the game were provided.

Ward is working on the title alongside fellow Criterion Games alumni Fiona Sperry. The two founded a new indie studio called Three Fields Entertainment in 2014.

Three Fields previously released Dangerous Golf, a game which had some very obvious Burnout inspirations. It tasked players with hitting a golf ball in a way that would cause the most damage to their surroundings.

"It's as serious a golf game as Burnout was a serious simulation to driving games," Three Fields said prior to its release. "We wanted to mix the attitude of Burnout with the destruction of Black (a 2004 first-person shooter from Criterion) whilst setting the golf ball on fire--a nod to NBA Jam. This type of gameplay is part of our DNA, and something we think our fans will truly enjoy."

In GameSpot's Dangerous Golf review Peter Brown said the game was for people that craved destruction, but gameplay was ultimately "shallow."

"Dangerous Golf is a game you want to love, but it becomes increasingly difficult as you go: the unintuitive controls stop being cute and begin to become an annoyance; the objects you smash, which for a moment inspired joy, become an afterthought," he added.

"Wacky games have a place in gaming, but a game like Dangerous Golf needs more than boisterous effects and odd scenarios to sustain its allure."

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