Criterion will return to the high-octane franchise that made us fall in love with it all over again: Burnout.
For reasons unknown, The Guardian asked Criterion creative director Craig Sullivan what else his team might like to do besides the thing they are incredibly good at it – making amazing racing games.
“There’s still a lot of stuff we want to do with driving,” Sullivan said, before dropping a joy bomb. “We will make another Burnout game at some point.
“Obviously, as we’re working on NFS 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. And we wouldn’t be making NFS or Burnout games if we didn’t think the driving genre had a long shelf life and that we could push the boundaries.”
Apparently not content with delighting half the world’s gaming population, Sullivan dropped this little gem about what else Criterion might look to in the future.
“We might make a Road Rash game,” he said, resulting in a massive overjoyed spit take in the vicinity of my desk.
“But then we might make a game without vehicles in it. I mean, we made Black, I was the lead designer; we might make a game about blowing the crap out of each other.
“But Road Rash seems like a good fit for Criterion.”
Yes pwease. Criterion’s latest is Need for Speed: Most Wanted, which drops in November, but it’s also behind the highly successful Hot Pursuit reboot and about a thousand other well-received racers.
Burnout has been on hold since 2008’s Burnout Paradise, although 2011 console network release Burnout Crash was a bit of a laugh.