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  • Criterion explains the social aspects of multiplayer in NFS: Hot Pursuit

    Criterion’s Matt Webster has detailed just how social Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is going to be, whether you are playing the game in multiplayer or single-player.

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  • Interview - Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit's Matt Webster

    We got a chance this week to see Criterion’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit in London this week, and were lucky enough to grab some face-time with senior producer, Matt Webster. Matt talked about his “healthy paranoia” as regards the competition, why story isn’t “necessary” to the game, what Criterion’s working on next and more. […]

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  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - Hands-on in London

    It’s hardly surprising EA gave Criterion a crack at the Need for Speed series; Burnout Paradise’s considerable quality is testament to the fact that the UK studio knows how to make an open-world racing game. The stakes with this series reboot, though, are high. With Need for Speed, by EA’s own admission, having languished in […]

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  • NfS: Hot Pursuit in HD: sun, sand, supercars

    EA dropped a fantastic gameplay trailer of Criterion’s Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit today, showing cars racing through the desert. Why would you not want this?

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  • Criterion proposed NFS to EA in past

    Criterion approached EA with a game entitled Need for Speed: Split Second in 2002.

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  • Criterion's Need for Speed on tour - women, dancing, tattoos

    Let’s target the shit out of that 18-35 demographic, team.

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  • Criterion wants Hot Pursuit to be a social experience

    Criterion has said it wanted to get back to Need for Speed’s basics with Hot Pursuit, as well as adding a more social aspect to the racer.

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  • EA: Hot Pursuit inspired by shooters such as Call of Duty

    EA has said that crashing in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit has been inspired by shooters such as Call of Duty.

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  • Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit footage hits net

    A new video for Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit has hit the net, showing what it’s like to be involved in a cops and criminals chase within the game.

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  • Black: "We couldn't make Black 2"

    Bodycount boss Stuart Black has told OPM the prospect of revisiting his Criterion shooter, Black, is now an impossibility.

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  • Burnout Paradise Complete Edition coming to Europe "soon"

    Criterion has tweeted that the Burnout Paradise Complete Edition already out in the US, will be heading to the European PSN soon.

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  • Un-developed Burnout Paradise DLC included moon-driving

    Criterion’s posted details of Burnout Paradise DLC that never made the cut, including driving on the moon, helicopters, time travel and planes. The fact this is being posted probably means the developer’s “year of Burnout” was well-named: and over. Need for Speed next. Hit the link for the full thing.

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  • Suda adds Alex Ward to favourite designer list

    Grasshopper boss Goichi Suda has a new favourite games designer. It’s Criterion games boss Alex Ward. “I have four favorite game designers,” Suda told 1UP. “Erik [Chahi, Out of This World creator] is one of them. I’m not sure if he’s the number one, but he’s one of them. “There used to be three, but […]

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  • Criterion hints at return to 3DO Need for Speed

    Criterion’s Alex Ward just dropped a less than subtle hint on the direction of the developer’s Need for Speed project. “‘Red lining it all the way and making it pay’ – a return to the original 3DO version of The Need for Speed,” tweeted the boss. EA boss John Riccitiello confirmed in June that the […]

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  • Criterion: Nobody's maxed out PS3/360, they're just out of ideas

    Criterion rolls the eyes a bit, apparently, when it hears people say that the PS3 or Xbox 360 have been maxed out. “That’s proof that you’re not the best,” the firm’s technical director Richard Parr told Eurogamer. “It means you’re out of ideas.” “You always find new ways to do things, the constraints lift. Not […]

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  • Trophies listed for Burnout Paradise's premium DLC Big Surf Island

    Criterion’s Burnout Paradise premium DLC Big Surf Island will not only have 15 events and 10 online freeburn challenges but 45 Billboards hidden on the island and, of course, Trophies. One achievement of note involves getting 4.5 seconds of air time in a single jump. We won’t tell you the rest because it might spoil […]

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  • Rumor: Criterion working on Need for Speed title due in 2010

    Criterion Games is rumored to be working on the next iteration of the Need for Speed franchise, and it’s slated for a 2010 release. According to a Primotech source, the development was announced during an internal presentation at EA Redwood last week by John Riccitiello. EA responded to queries regarding the news with a side […]

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  • Criterion "would be a great team to work with" on Need for Speed

    Need for Speed: Shift producer Jesse Abney would like to work with Criterion on Need for Speed projects. “You know, Criterion’s got a great heritage in racing games, and I think they would be a great team to work with on that stuff, certainly from a personal opinion,” he said, talking in London last week. […]

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  • Burnout Cops and Robbers DLC to cost $10

    Criterion’s confirmed that Burnout Paradise’s Cops and Robbers DLC will cost $10 on PS3 or 800 MS Points on 360. It’s out this week, so get ready to do some spending. It’s your duty to buy it, remember. Thanks, Joystiq.

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  • Watch Criterion play Cops and Robbers dressed like silly persons

    Criterion’s Cops and Robbers pack releases next week for Burnout Paradise. To get you interested, the developers released another episode of Crash TV today. The video shows the folks who work there playing it – dressed as cops and robbers. Right then. Watch it below.

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  • Burnout Paradise Cops and Robbers pack coming April 30

    Criterion has revealed that the Cops and Robbers pack for Burnout Paradise is set to land April 30. The latest paid content for Burnout Paradise is rumored to compliment Marked Man, Road Rage and Stunt Run. No word yet on pricing so check back with us.

  • Another Burnout Paradise Cops and Robbers video posted

    Criterion’s released another video showing some of the police cars included in Burnout Paradise’s Cops and Robbers update. Watch the 15 new black and whites screech through the streets below. Still no word on a release date.

  • Save game analysis tool launched for Burnout Paradise PS3 [Update]

    Update – This is mega-old, apparently. Sorry. But we’re going to leave it here because it’s cool. Criterion’s launched a save game analysis tool for the PS3 version of Burnout Paradise, which “allows you to upload your Burnout Paradise PlayStation 3 save game file and display your discovery items on a map of Paradise City.” […]

  • Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box heading to Steam

    Steam will soon add Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box to its ever growing library of titles. The PC version contains all downloadable content released for consoles by February. Two paid downloadable packs, Cops and Robbers and Big Surf Island, are coming soon, and the PC version will see it eventually too. Hit the link for […]

  • Burnout Paradise Toys Pack to cost $12.99/€12.99/£9.99/1000 MS

    Criterion’s priced its Burnout Paradise Toys Pack DLC at $12.99/€12.99/£9.99/1000 MS, as you can see here. That’s the price for all the content available. “This collection gets you ALL 9 Toy Vehicles,” said the firm on its site. “That’s the 8 cars and the amazing Toy Nakamura Firehawk motorcycle. This represents the best possible value […]

  • XBL gets Burnout Paradise DLC details by mistake

    Criterion and EA managed a major snafu this morning when XBL Marketplace received Burnout Paradise DLC complete with secret details on the Boost Specials and Toy Car packs. Text on three previously unannounced Toy Cars and a second car for the Boost Specials has since been pulled. Thanks, Kotaku

  • Cops and Robbers Pack announced for Burnout Paradise

    The rumours were true. Criterion’s gone live with confirmation of a Cops and Robbers Pack for Burnout Paradise. See here. Details, such as they are, have only been released in-game. And here they are, courtesy of AutoGaming.net: Slotting in soon after the Party pack, Legendary Cars, Toy Cars and Boost Specials, comes another premium pack […]

  • PC Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box out now, demo available

    The PC version of Burnout Paradise The Ultimate Box is at US retail now, EA’s confirmed. A demo’s up on the EA Store. In addition, the Burnout Paradise Party Pack’s out today for 360 and PS3 as a download for $10. Full details after the break.

  • Police coming to Burnout Paradise?

    D-Pad has noticed that within the new Burnout Paradise: Ultimate Box trailer is proof the police are coming to Paradise City. On 19 seconds you can see a police car (pictured above), and on 60 seconds you can see the new Burnout Store you can see a mouse hovering over a PCPD Badge (Paradise City […]

  • Criterion and Bright Light safe from EA lay-offs

    Develop reports that both Criterion and EA’s Bright Light studios in Guildford have been spared from any lay-offs the company is to make. This information supports the information we provided you with last week, although Bright Light was admittedly off our radar. Skate 2 developers Black Box got axed last week as EA looks to […]

  • Criterion details free Burnout Paradise update for Feb 6

    Criterion’s posted up details of a free Burnout Paradise patch slated to release on February 6, including news of an in-game browser, an in-game store and a “vehicle dynamics overhaul”. “We’ve tweaked the handling on the first available cars, like the Hunter Cavalry, to make the game easier and more accessible,” said the developer in […]

  • Source: Criterion will not face redundancies

    VG247 has just been informed for a solid source that UK-based Criterion will not face redundancies as part of global EA restructuring. Behind the scenes talk this morning put the outfit in the firing line for staff cuts, following large scale job losses in North America last night. Heavy rumour is suggesting, however, that EA […]

  • EA details and dates Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box

    EA has just announced that the Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box will be released on February 5 in North America for the first time on PC. The Ultimate Box will contain the previously-released Cagney and Bikes DLC plus something called the Burnout Paradise Party pack. The Party pack is an offline multiplayer mode where players […]

  • Unity Technologies appoints former Criterion CEO as chairman

    Unity Technologies has announced the appointment of former president and CEO of Criterion, David Lau-Kee, as its new non-executive chairman. From the official release: David Lau-Kee brings 15 years of experience in the games industry to Unity, drawing upon roles as co-founder, President and CEO of Criterion Software Group, the world’s largest games middleware company […]

  • Burnout Paradise Legendary Cars to include Ecto-1, General Lee and KITT

    Criterion has revealed that cars resembling Ghostbusters’ Ecto-1, General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard and Knight Rider’s KITT will also feature in the Burnout Paradise DLC, the Legendary Cars Pack. The vehicles join the Back to the Future DeLorean in what we reckon is some of the best after-care a console developer has delivered […]

  • Criterion working on Black sequel? [Update]

    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 […]

  • Burnout Paradise PC to be free… ish

    This Criterion post details that the Burnout Paradise Ultimate Box is to allow PC owners to play the full game for nothing for an unspecified period of time. The pack includes the game and all the DLC released this year, of which there’s been much. It’s out in February. The demo will be available from […]

  • Criterion reveals Surf Island as premium Burnout content

    Criterion’s shown off Big Surf Island, a large piece of premium DLC for Burnout Paradise, saying the “location is all about massive jumps”. Amen to that. The company reasoned why it expects you to pay for the download. “We never expected to create anything this ambitious for the island, but as it progressed we got […]

  • Burnout Paradise’s Carson Extreme Hotrod has blue flames, is fast

    Criterion’s unveiled yet more Burnout Paradise DLC on the US PS Blog, this time in the form of the Carson Extreme Hotrod, “a stripped down, ultra low, overpowered straight line monster.” Apparently, this is “the first of a pack of two cars designed to re-imagine Burnout Boost. Which explains the blue exhaust flames.” What’s not […]

  • Burnout Paradise to get Toy Cars Pack

    Posting on the PS Blog, Criterion’s Simon Phipps has announced a Toy Cars Pack for Burnout Paradise. The DLC will be available to in early ’09, about the same time Legendary Cars Pack announced last week. With regards to future content, there’s also a little teaser in there for “regular readers”: And regular readers and […]

  • Burnout Paradise to include Back to the Future car

    It’s true. And it hovers. Criterion announced last night that four “Legendary” cars are to be released into the game as DLC, the first being the the “Jansen 88 Special”. It’s the Back to the Future car in all but name. Follow the link for more detail. No confirmation on when it’s going to be […]

  • Burnout Paradise The Ultimate Box for February release

    Criterion’s announced Burnout Paradise The Ultimate Box – a special edition release that includes the game plus the previously Cagney and Bikes content updates, and something called “Burnout Paradise Party content.” Apparently the Party stuff’s an offline multiplayer mode “designed to allow up to eight friends to ‘pass-the-pad’ in dozens of Burnout challenges.” It’s going […]

  • Four more Burnout Paradise content packs announced over coming month

    Criterion’s relaunched its site, bringing word that four more DLC packs for are to be announced for Burnout Paradise in the coming weeks. A new addition to the Burnout content family will be confirmed every Friday for the four weeks beginning Hallowe’en, says that update, so there’s every reason to be cheerful if you’re a […]

  • Burnout Paradise Trophy patch is go go go

    Criterion’s confirmed that the Burnout Paradise Trophy patch has gone live. There’s a full list of them through the link. And they’re not retroactive, so you’ll just have to play through it all again if you want the full set. Darn.

  • Burnout Paradise releasing on PSN this Thursday

    Criterion’s confirmed that Burnout Paradise will release on PSN this Thursday, as you an see here. From the developer: Buying the game gets you all the original Burnout Paradise disk content. If you missed it, that’s all 5 neighbourhoods in the Paradise City open world filled with hundreds of Road Rage, Stunt Run, Marked Man […]

  • Movie – Burnout Paradise bikes: watch a complete challenge

    Criterion and EA launched the Burnout Paradise Bike Patch this morning, and you’re probably wondering what it looks like and what it’s like to play. Fear not: we’re here for you. After the drop is a video of us playing from the beginning of the update, which takes you straight to a junk yard and […]

  • Burnout Paradise PS3 bikes patch out now, 360 within hour (update)

    The Burnout Paradise bikes patch is now live for PS3 in Europe, and is though to be going live for 360 within the hour. Some users are apparently claiming the NTSC version’s shipped, but we’re still trying to verify that. Update: It’s gone live on 360 now. More here. Update 2: You can watch a […]

  • Burnout bike patch gets solid date

    And it’s soon! According to Jeremy Chubb, posting on the US PS Blog, the Burnout Paradise bike update will release on September 18. Here’s what you’re going to get: Pick from two motorcycles featuring male or female characters and start on a whole new progression to earn your Bike License. 38 new against-the-clock race events […]

  • Burnout Paradise’s Cagney releases for 360

    As you can see from posts on the Criterion forum, the Cagney update for the 360 version of Burnout Paradise is now live. The patch has been delayed almost a month from the PS3 update. Get more info here.

  • Burnout Paradise 360 Cagney update releases on Monday

    As you can see on Criterion’s site, the delayed Cagney update for the 360 version of Burnout Paradise releases on Monday, August 4. From the announcement: This latest brings three awesome online game modes, two great cars, a live news page and calendar, 70 all-new timed multi-part challenges, a complete overhaul of our Online Racing […]