Criterion Games used to be a small, on-the-go team making super-fast, highly arcade racing games called Burnout. Eventually scooped up by EA, the series was sadly put aside in favor of a better selling need for speed, but it seems the studio hasn’t forgotten its roots despite all the changes.
Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, Kieran Crimmins — creative director on the upcoming Need for Speed Unbound — was asked about the possibility of a Burnout revival. Rather than brush the question aside, Crimmins offers a surprisingly hopeful answer.
“It’s not something we’re looking at doing right now,” he begins, “but if you’re talking about the two games that the studio has the most passion for, they obviously needs speed and burnout.” He continues, commenting that Burnout’s “unique take on racing” would be “absolutely extraordinary” today.
“So I guess what I’m saying is, I’d love to do that,” Crimmins added. While a new Burnout isn’t “in the immediate future plans”, he says “it would be really fun”.
There’s a lot of passion here at Push Square for Burnout, much of it stemming from this particular writer, so we sincerely hope it sees another day in the sun. For now, Need for Speed Unbound looks great — EA Play members can try it out for themselves starting tomorrow.
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