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Updated: Criterion Games not planning new 'Need For Speed', 'Burnout'

By and Matthew Reynolds
Updated story: Alex Ward has since clarified his comments on Twitter over the studio's direction.

The creative director said he "personally" won't be working on more racing games, which suggests the studio will continue working in the genre despite moving on from Need for Speed or Burnout.



Original story: Criterion Games is not working on a Need For Speed or Burnout sequel.

Creative director Alex Ward said on Twitter that he will be working on "something new" rather than another racing game.

Need for Speed: Most Wanted images

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"No plans at present," he said in response to a question about a new Burnout instalment. "Will do it when it feels right sometime. After 13 years it's not that time right now."

He continued: "Here is what I want folks to know. 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."

'Burnout Crash' screenshot

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Burnout Paradise

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Ward said that he was keen not to mislead fans with rumors that have no basis in reality.

Criterion released its most recent game, Need For Speed: Most Wanted, last year. 2011's Burnout Crash! was the latest instalment in its other racing franchise.

Watch the Need For Speed: Most Wanted muliplayer trailer below:

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