SVP Patrick Soderlund affirms publisher's commitment to Criterion's high-octane racing franchise, says Black Box will handle next year's Need for Speed.
With its combination of extreme stunts, big wipeouts, and fast cars, Criterion Games' Burnout franchise is one of EA's most well-regarded franchises. However, the future of the series seemed to be called into question last June, when EA said that Criterion had been tasked with the next installment in a different racing franchise, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, which is due out for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and PC next week.
However, it would appear as if Criterion won't be permanently taking over the Need for Speed franchise. Speaking to Eurogamer, EA senior VP of first-person shooter and racing games Patrick Soderlund indicated that it was "safe to assume" that the next installment in the Need for Speed franchise would be developed by EA Black Box.
"What developers do what, we haven't made official," Soderlund said of the franchise. "But the whole idea for [Need for Speed] as a brand is to have different developers work on different things, absolutely."
Prior to being tasked with the publisher's Skate franchise, EA Black Box was most closely tied to Need for Speed, having developed the original Hot Pursuit 2, Underground, Underground 2, Most Wanted, Carbon, ProStreet, and Undercover. Slightly Mad Studios has also contributed to the franchise, handling 2009's Need for Speed: Shift.
With Criterion off next year's installment in the Need for Speed franchise, Soderlund was cagey on whether the studio would simply begin development on the series' 2012 entry or return with a new Burnout.
"What happens to Criterion in the future, we'll see," he said. "Obviously they're a brilliant studio we're going to put against something that makes sense for EA and them. We're not ready to talk about exactly what that is at this point."
"The way we look at it is Burnout is an IP EA owns," he continued. "I hope to see more Burnout games in the future. But it's about prioritising what we want to do. At this point, we haven't made a decision to whether Burnout does this or that, but it's not dead for sure, no."
For more on Criterion's latest effort, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.
The two series' in question - Need for Speed and Burnout - are different beasts, but similar enough in quirkiness that Criterion can ably handle both. I look forward to the future of both franchises.
will hot pursuit have free roam in it cus i thought it would be cool to have it like in burnout paradice or NFS mostwanted
i dint think much to hotpursuit i thought it would of been a lot better the graphics are crap the cars dont seem that fast i will not be buying it .even my ten yearold son who loves raceing games thought it was boreing they need to make a new burnout i agree with smkider .that it dont look like they spent a lot of money on it
What better people than Criterion Games to work on the Need for Speed franchise. NFS Hot Pursuit looks good, but the game play and graphics of the cars could have been better, to be honest I was hoping for something better. Funny but true Need for Speed Hot Pursuit 2 for the PS2 still looks better than NFS Hot Pursuit. I can't not blame it on Criterion because they are working for EA, maybe EA didn't want to spend too much money on the game, this makes me mad because us gamers support the gaming industries big time the better the game the better the support. I don't think I'll be getting NFS hot pursuit I am not please
those types of racing games makes me wonder why i play em whn i can use my real car and drive all around New York lookin 4 somethin to do. Hey i might be confuse as $h!t but at least im havin fun
burnout is meant to be an arcade not traveling all over missippi confused as $H!T lookin 4 a task to do but whn u do find one the challenges are stupid an also confusing as $H!T cause as soon as u run off course u automatically fail or have to restart cause i cant find my @$$ back on the track cause of the F up arrow pointer from crazy taxi, Paradise FAIL , if they do make anotha burnout game return to the arcade stlye please
Yes, burnout paradise is still the best racing game I've played, even without split screen, which for me is saying a lot. Now imagine a burnout paradise with split screen support, THAT would be a game to be feared. The sad thing is that I don't think it will ever happen, but it will continue to be my dream.
I felt Burnout P. was boring, by the way I think Need for speed high stakes for PC was the best NFS made.
burnout rox but i prefer nfs franchise at least some most of the games cause recently i've playing other stuff cause nfs latest games were not very good
Burnout Paradise 2 !! make it like Grand Theft Auto with more fire and crash... lol.. it's gonna be awesome.. :) that's just my opinion.. don't thumb me down..
It took me a while to get used to Burnout Paradise , but when I did I really loved it. And I want more Burnout games for the PC. I don't care about Need For Speed.
They really need to take a good look at what made Burnout 3 successful vice Paradise and go from there.
i hope they make a burnout paradise 2 with the ablity to tune your cars like in nfsp, annyway i find burnout paradise the best game ever, burnout 3 and revenge i did only play 20 hours, but on paradise i had like over 200 hours
@fetusfart18 I read it did have Crash mode, but nothing I saw warned me it wasn't an offline competitive mode like usual. I do mild enough research...I would hope a big change like the change/removal of a key feature would be big news. Like when Halo 3 changed up the controls a little, that was big news. Or when Resistance 2 removed co-op campaign. I guess I assumed wrong to think everyone loved Crash mode.
@fetusfart18 i did , otherwise i wouldnt say anything , it is a failure , this is a NFSHP ONLY by name , core gameplay is from Burnout and Ridge Racer
Just bring back Road Rash! You can't go wrong with punches, kicks, nightsticks, and chain whips to the head while you race on bikes!
@JKnaperek I agree 100%. Paradise was the greatest racer ever made. Keeping in mind I played GT3 for well over 100 hours. It ruined closed course racing for me. Closed course is... Arcade. Boring. Simplistic. Juvenile.
@xcollector Ah, Burnout Revenge, when they took out any sign of challenge in the form of cars and made the game as ridiculous as possible. Good times. Or not.
I want another Burnout Revenge but with an open world Paradise style and the ability to restart failed races without driving to the beginning. That would be my dream Burnout game.
They should seriously bring a classic-style Burnout game to 360 and PS3. Paradise was a fun departure, but I think if they go back to their original formula and tweak it slightly as well as add the usual "next-gen" trimmings, they could have a winner on their hands.
they better get working on the new burnout soon, it would be cool if they got rid of showtime mode and brought back the one where you calculated your crashes and explosions to score points. it felt like the butterfly effect on god mode. also, they have to refine the open world thing, its ridiculous that when you are going top speed you come to a halt because of a tiny spec on the concrete/lamp post.
WE WANT CRASH MODE AND FIXED RACING COURSES ON TRACKS!! I WANT BURNOUT BACK!! PARADISE NEVER HAPPENED FOR ME.
Too complicated to find your way through Burnout Paradise?......wow, maybe you guys just plain suck at the game, or maybe they need to tone down the speed for you...like Gran Turismo. Burnout Paradise is the most amazing racing game I've ever played.
@imsofly406 Lol, i thought i was the only one that was frustrated with the open world races, one wrong turn and u were screwed :P. I love open world games but in racing u need to block entrances to streets that aren't part of the race. I'm just throwing that out there.
Burnout Paradise was a different kind of racing game from previous iterations. It was an open world racer and once you bought into it's differences it was great, a classic. Doing online challenges with others was awesome. I do however miss the split-screen and other modes from previous releases. Might be two different kinds of games. Or maybe there is a way to merge the two. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. But a great racing IP overall that I would like to see again sooner rather than later.
I have gotten and played every Burnout since Burnout Takedown (3?). Paradise was a different direction, but I loved every second of it, and played well over 100 hours. Bring on the next one!
So long as it isn't like Paradise City. I remember coming home after first buying it, my friends and I sitting down for some Crash mode challenges against each other. And then going back to playing Burnout Revenge when seeing that they basically took out the ability to play with friends on one system. While you could just drive through the same challenge and pass the controller around, it was nowhere near the same experience.
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