Criterion has made a name for itself as being a fantastic studio for racing games.
The Burnout series may top the list for some, but don't forget that Criterion also made Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and will be responsible for the upcoming Need for Speed: Most Wanted , which is slated to launch on October 30. So what are their plans for the future? More high-octane crowd-pleasing racers?
Well, yes and no. In a recent interview with The Guardian , Criterion creative director Craig Sullivan first said "there's still a lot of stuff we want to do with driving." He added that they will certainly produce another Burnout game, and they'd like to continue to push the boundaries of the genre. But here's perhaps the most interesting quote:
"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…"
Dude, Road Rash ! They could make a totally kick-ass game, I think. As for branching out and trying other things, we should probably encourage that for the sake of freshness and creativity. But then again, those racing fans will always want the goodness for which Criterion has become known…