Criterion moving on from racing games, says studio boss


Criterion is ready to move on from the racing genre, according to a string of tweets from studio boss Alex Ward.

Ward moved to debunk rumours that Criterion is working on a new Need For Speed Underground title earlier this week, and has now added that his studio is ready to tackle a different kind of project, away from the genre in which it made its name.

“After over a decade of making racing games it’s time to make something new,” said Ward. “It is early days thus I have nothing to “announce” or talk about”

Ward also dismissed the idea that the studio is working on new Burnout, Road Rash or a sequel to PS2 shooter Black in further tweets on the subject of the studio’s future: “Here is what I want folks to know. Some folks are eternally disappointed. Nothing I can do about that. So many tweets asking for new Burnout…equally many tweets asking for a new NFS game from us. Also Road Rash. Whilst I love all of those games, I am personally not doing any.”

“But if you are following me expecting some Megaton of a new Burnout game, or an Underground remake then I have to disappoint you…No Black 2 either folks. Volumes to tell on that topic, but will save that for when I get a book deal.”