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Criterion creative director indicates he isn't working on a racing game


Need for Speed: Most Wanted and Burnout Paradise developer Criterion looks to be expanding beyond the racing game genre. Studio creative director and VP Alexander Ward responded yesterday to recent speculation about a new Need for Speed: Underground game, ruling out any impending announcements of either that or a new Burnout - or at least ones that involve himself.

This morning, Ward tweeted "The key word was 'personally'....#tothefuture #weseefarther," underlining that some of the comments he made were only in reference to himself. His tweet may imply Criterion has separate teams working on separate games - Ward said only nine months ago the Need for Speed series was "definitely a Criterion gig" now.

"Here is what I want folks to know," Ward wrote yesterday. "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."

"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," Ward continued. However, he certainly didn't sever his own ties with the genre, later saying, "I am proud of all of the Burnout games. When it feels right we will make another one. We are creative people."

Criterion's last non-racer was Black, but Ward ruled out a looming announcement of a sequel to the 2006 shooter. "Volumes to tell on that topic but will save that for when I get a book deal..." he teased.

In any case, the only real takeaway is Ward and Criterion have something other than a racer cooking at their UK studio. Whatever it is, it may well be a new IP; "Sequels. Reboots. Remakes. Been there. Done that," Ward tweeted last weekend.

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