Criterion’s Next Game Won’t Be A Burnout Title
Criterion has been making Burnout games for the past decade and say what you will but even their recent forays into the Need for Speed franchise have resulted in rebranded Burnout titles. If I wore a nametag announcing myself as the Messiah that doesn’t necessarily make it true.
It can be compared to an episode of Spongebob, as with many things in life. There’s an episode where Spongebob attempts to create a variety of different foods but all he can craft is a Krabby Patty. Criterion is Spongebob and Burnout is the Krabby Patty and I am the guy who is delving into Nickelodeon cartoons for industry metaphors. What am I even doing?
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So basically try as they might, Criterion can’t do anything else but they are really good at what they do. So the logical thing to do would then be to leave racing games altogether and try something else, right? Actually, that is somewhat quasi-logical and that’s exactly what the studio is doing.
According to a tweet by Criterion creative director Alex Ward, the studio is making “something new” and not in any way a racing game.
I’m quite curious to see what this new game is and whether Criterion has the chops to in fact produce something that doesn’t rely on acceleration, G-force and collision physics. Nobody is even sure what the studio might be interested in doing so your guess is as good as mine.