Criterion are stepping away from racing games, for now

The Need for Speed developer Criterion have confirmed that they are to be moving away from racing game genre for the time being.

After a series of tweets made by Criterion’s Creative Director Alex Ward, it seems that fans aren’t to get to hopeful about a return for Burnout, or Need for Speed by them in the foreseeable future.

“Here is what I want folks to know. 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” adding “I hate to mislead ANYONE.” 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.”

Ward then goes on to say that he will do his “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.” And that he’s “proud of all of the Burnout games. When it feels right we will make another one. We are creative people. So I hope you will join us on a new journey. Hope it makes sense.“

He then went on to say, “Thanks for the support everybody. We won’t let you down! #tothefuture.”

Although a Need for Speed game isn’t in development by Criterion, there is one on seemingly on the way from Ghost, formally EA Gothenburg. It comes to no surprise to us that a new NFS title isn’t on the cards for Criterion, after Alex Ward was quick to dismiss rumors of a remake of 2003’s NFS: Underground was on its way.

Ward also states in regard to a new Burnout title, that the time “ doesn’t feel right” after the games last outing, 13-years ago.


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