Not to worry, Burnout fans. Criterion might have taken total control of the far more profitable Need for Speed series, but they wont be leaving their roots in the dust. Criterion built its name on Burnout‘s quality, and they will see this thing through.
In fact, Criterion’s Craig Sulliven told he Guardian that they “will make another Burnout game at some point,” and they are coming up with ideas for a new one during the process of developing Need for Speed games.
“Obviously, as we’re working on Need for Speed we’re thinking of really good ideas that aren’t right for this series; there are ideas that we’re going to explore with Burnout.”
Oh, goodie! Burnout will be getting all the recycled ideas that don’t make the cut for Need for Speed. It’s not too far fetched of an idea, however, Burnout could still be wonderful franchise with crazy experimental ideas for racers. Criterion has already used the brand name to test a few options, like an open world racing game in Burnout: Paradise and an overhead crash simulator in Burnout: Crash!
Fan reaction was mixed to solid towards both, but many still regard the traditional racers like Burnout: Revenge and especially Burnout 3: Takedown as the high points in the series.
How about it Burnout fans? With Need for Speed wrapping up Criterion’s desire to prove an open world racer can work, would you rather see Burnout return to a simple arcade style racing game or would you rather see something totally outrageous?
Sullivan also mentioned that “Road Rash seems like a good fit for Criterion,” and I totally agree. In fact, we are looking forward to new Road Rash here at TechnoBuffalo too.
Criterion’s next racing game, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, will be released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Android and iOS versions are also in the works.