If the Criterion studio is hot as embers to put the Burnout license back on the front of the stage, the parent company is not of the same opinion. In a recent Eurogamer interview, Criterion veteran and Need For Speed Unbound Creative Director Kieran Crimmins discussed the studio’s first love, Burnout.
When is a new Burnout?
A license that we have not seen for a very long time, but which is still engraved in the hearts of fans. A series of particularly explosive arcade racing games that made the reputation of the studio. Incidentally, when asked if Criterion would like to work on BurnoutKieran Crimmins says the studio regularly thinks about it, but not everything is so simple.
Yes, absolutely. I hope. But that’s not something we plan to do right now. It’s not the next game we’ll be working on. If you ask us which licenses we are most passionate about, I would answer you that they are obviously Need for Speed and Burnout. We love both of these franchises, and Burnout has a unique take on the racing game that I think would be absolutely phenomenal today. I would love to do that. And I hope that if everything goes well with our next projects, and we can expand the team, that we can do a new Burnout as well. It’s not in the immediate plans, but it would be really great.
EA prefers Need For Speed
The problem would therefore not come from Criterion, but from EA. For years now, the publisher has unfortunately confined the studio to playing the media on much juicier productions. In addition, EA prefers to bet on Need For Speeda much stronger and more profitable brand than Burnout. According to the statements of Kieran Crimmins, Burnout is therefore not about to see the day again, unless the studio manages to get its other current projects off the ground high enough for EA to decide to swell the ranks. The concern is that Need For Speed patina for several episodes and sometimes even comes close to leaving the track. It is for this reason that the Ghost Games studio has kindly been invited to give way to Criterion for this 2022 vintage.
Need for Speed Heat, the latest episode, did not meet with the much hoped-for success and was even lynched by a good part of the fan community, the same thing for NFS Payback released in 2017 and Need for Speed of 2015. Unbound there is therefore a colossal job to do here to get everyone to agree.
For fans of Burnoutwe will therefore have to be satisfied for the moment with Burnout Paradise Remastered, available since 2018 on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.