Burnout developer Criterion has revealed it intends to make another entry in the adrenaline-fueled racing franchise down the line.
Speaking with The Guardian, creative director Craig Sullivan said the studio feels there’s plenty more to squeeze out of the racing genre, and as such isn’t done with it yet.
"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."
The last Burnout game that Criterion made was Burnout Paradise, which released nearly five years ago back in January 2008. The studio is currently polishing off Need for Speed: Most Wanted, an open-world racing title that shares many similarities with Paradise.
Sullivan was also quick to point out that Criterion isn’t just limited to churning out car games either. The developer expressed interest in trying its hand at the Road Rash series or breaking away from the racing genre altogether; after all, the studio previously dipped its toes in the first-person shooter genre with 2006’s Black.
"When we did Burnout Paradise we did some motorbike DLC and now everyone thinks that we’re going to do Road Rash at some point," added Sullivan.
"I had a lot of fun playing that game, we think bikes are fun. We might make a Road Rash game…. 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…"
Just in case you’re scratching your heads, motorbike franchise Road Rash made its name on the Sega Genesis (aka Mega Drive) back in the early-mid 90s, and saw gamers slugging it out with other racers while evading the cops in an effort to take pole position.
The franchise was on the cards for a modern revival around five years ago, when EA Warrington took over the development reins of the series. Unfortunately, the project was scrapped, though footage of the title appeared on YouTube in March 2007.
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