Criterion working on Black sequel? [Update]

Tuesday, 23rd December 2008 10:13 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Update: A very “well-informed source” has just told us this is “not true”.

Sadomasochistic car porn not doing it for you anymore? Browser bookmarks filled with pictures of shiny, curvaceous guns? Well then, Criterion’s come-hither looks are finally flying your way again, because it seems that a sequel to point, click, and shoot adventure Black is in development.

Of course, it’s far from confirmed, but, according to both Eurogamer Portugal and Xbox 360 Play Diaries, a listing for Black: Second Mission temporarily appeared on Criterion’s website before returning to the dark nethers from whence it came.

The game is apparently scheduled for a 2009 release on Xbox 360, PS3, and PC.

Earlier this year, however, Burnout Paradise lead designer Craig Sullivan dumped a fresh layer of cement onto Black’s grave, saying that Criterion’s “honestly not working on [Black 2] at the moment.” A 2009 release, then, seems a bit farfetched.

But who can say what’ll actually happen? Criterion does know its way around a DeLorean, after all.

By Nathan Grayson



  1. trav

    I hope so, Black wasn’t exactly a unique FPS experience, but damn it was a good for releasing stress. :)

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    I was really disappointed with Black – it wasn’t anything like what I was expecting.

    I know most people loved it, though. So it’s probably just me.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Whizzo

    I didn’t think much of it either and I eat FPS titles for breakfast.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Quiiick

    Bring it on. Apart from RE4 and the MGS series, Black was one of my all time favorites on PS2. Don’t know how many times I played through this game even though I never managed to clear the very last room. The story was rubbish though.
    Please Criterion/EA, make it happen!

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Retroid

    As I’ve said on many an occasion, Black was Halo in combat trousers. It was decent enough for what it did, and it did it well.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Squa11

    Must buy for me!

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Robo_1

    Black got the art of shooting people off perfectly. The guns were meaty, and the enemies and set pieces drove the game forward nicely.

    It did however screw up checkpoints quite spectacularly, and the pick up requirements could also be hamstrung by pushing the player beyond a point of no return, thus resulting in you being a third of the way through the level, with no way to back track and collect the necessary pieces of evidence.

    Killzone 2 reminds me of how a Black sequel would look and play. Love to see what Criterion could do with it today though, Burnout was/is great, but it’s not exactly done the business for EA.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. reask

    I actually played it quite recently after downloading it from live.
    I would get the sequel if it came out as I really enjoyed it.

    #8 6 years ago

    I didn’t like it really, felt a bit hollow and boring.

    Which surprised me, I love FPS games :(

    #9 6 years ago

    I have never played it, but heard good things about it. I considered downloading it on LIVE, but I just can’t be bothered playing single player games for no gamerpoints anymore.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. airdom

    What he said, – the gamerpoints parts. I don’t put as much importance into GS as a lot of people do, if i get the points…good! if not, big deal ;)

    #11 6 years ago
  12. DaMan

    I’ve played Black on PS2 back then, it was awesome.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. OrphanageExplosion

    Black in HD, totally untouched, as an XBLA and PSN title please with added online co-op. And skippable cut-scenes. I doubt they’d have to do much work to the visuals – the bullshots they released for PR at the time were the base assets rendered in HD and they looked awesome.

    Or do a “Warhawk” and make it a download-only online shooter.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. crippledhooba

    Looking forward to it, I loved the run and gun elements of black.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Blerk

    No new news… nothing happening or… is it time to break out the cigars for Pat?

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Vahn16

    He’s been offline for almost 24 hours, so I’m gonna guess he now officially has a couple new relatives in town for Christmas.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Blerk

    I saw him briefly on Live last night, so it could well be. The first thing I did after my son was born was come home and play some games while the house was empty. :-D

    #17 6 years ago
  18. Michael O'Connor

    It’s Christmas. The internet tends to get pretty dead for news around this time.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Blerk

    It doesn’t feel like Christmas.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Psychotext

    Never does these days. =/

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Blerk

    We’re probably just getting old. I wonder if it’s as exciting for kids these days as it was when we were youngsters? The blistering over-excess of the late 70s/early 80s Christmas had to be seen to be believed. The house always looked bare once you’d taken the 25 tons of tinsel and crap down in January. :-)

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Blerk

    Merry Christmas, btw. :-D

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Vahn16

    That, and it’s been kind of a depressing year — what with the economic downturn and all. Quick, Blerk, invoke your award-winning powers and make us all laugh so that we’ll feel better.

    Edit: Thank you :D

    #23 6 years ago

    I got something to cheer you up…

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Blerk

    I quite like this one, too.

    This is why the wife always sends our Christmas cards.

    #25 6 years ago

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