Need for Speed dev Criterion working on non-racing game

Burnout creator Criterion isn't working on another high-speed crash-happy racer, but it is digging into a new project. Creative Director Alex Ward asked Criterion's fans to "join us on a new journey" in a series of Tweets about his studio's future (via CVG).

Criterion took over duties for Electronic Arts' Need For Speed franchise with Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted, and is rumored to be developing a new Underground game. Ward neither confirmed nor denied that rumor.

A few non-racing titles have emerged from the English studio, the most recent of which was "gun porn" shooter Black in 2006. Ward said little about the new game, but confirmed it will not be Black 2.

The studio will do another Burnout "when it feels right."


  • Jacko415 - April 18, 2013 2:07 a.m.

    Soooooo... Why the hell is it NOT Black 2?
  • GamesRadarCollanderCooper - April 16, 2013 5:06 p.m.

    Maybe it's a Black reboot called Noir
  • wingsdjy - April 16, 2013 12:42 p.m.

    I'm not surprised that it won't be Black 2 since Stuart Black (the driving force behind that game) left Criterion to make Bodycount with Codemasters. This move to non-racing makes me nervous. I hope they don't end up like Bizarre Creations who went from Project Gotham Racing to 007 Blood Stone to shut down by Activision.
  • mafyooz - April 16, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    Was excited when I saw the headline, then got to the "confirmed it will not be Black 2" bit. That's my hopes dashed then :(

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