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Criterion Taking a Break from Racing Games

Need for Speed Most Wanted
We have some surprising new for you to report today. It seems like Criterion, famous around the world for developing outstanding racing games, is planning to develop something a little different this time around.

On Monday Creative Director for Criterion Games, Alex Ward tweeted the following:

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.

But if you are following me expecting some megaton of a new Burnout game, or a [Need for Speed] Underground remake then I have to disappoint you.

Keep in mind that these tweets squash many rumors we had been recently listening of Criterion making a remake of Need for Speed: Underground or Burnout: Paradise 2.

Criterion’s first hit was undoubtedly the original Burnout on the PS2, Xbox and Nintendo’s Game Cube. However, it was the success of the universally acclaimed Burnout 3: Takedown that catapulted the studio to heights they had never seen before. Since then Criterion has managed to make great racing games one after another, with the latest being the amazing remake of the classic Need for Speed: Most Wanted on the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U.

Only once in the entire last decade, Criterion shifted its attention from the racing genre to something else. That is when they released Black, a FPS, on the PS2 and Xbox in 2006. Although the game was praised for its cinematic way of storytelling and awesome sound effects, it was nothing compared to the accolades Criterion had already collected in its racing simulation endeavors. Furthermore, Alex Ward has already confirmed on twitter that they are not developing Black 2.

So, it is quite surprising to see Criterion take this bold initiative.

As expected many gamers around the world were disappointed to hear this news. However, once in a while making a change is exactly what’s needed to bring forth more creative and interesting ideas.

As evident from the tweets above, there is no information out there yet regarding the new project Criterion Games has undertaken. Rest assured, we will keep you informed just as soon as the news reaches us.