Criterion Stepping Away From Racing Games [TWEETS]

By Trevor Ruben , Updated Apr 15, 2013 07:57 PM EDT
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After debunking rumors that Criterion is making a "Need for Speed: Underground" reboot, creative director Alex Ward took to Twitter once again to shed a little light on the developer's future. For those hoping for a new racing game of any sort (all Criterion fans, basically), you may be disappointed.

"After over a decade of making racing games it's time to make something new. It is early days thus I have nothing to "announce" or talk about," he writes, adding "if you are following me expecting some Megaton of a new 'Burnout' game, or an 'Underground' remake then I have to disapoint you."

Criterion's one notable diversion from racing games in the past, the first-person shooter "Black," didn't go so well, though some might say it inspired the destruction-happy environments in the mega-popular "Battlefield" franchise. One might also consider the downloadable "Burnout Crash" less of a racing game than most of their other releases.

And so Criterion moves on to new pastures. Unless of course they pull a "Black" and go limping back to what made them great in the first place. Here's to the developer not making the same mistake twice.

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