Criterion Games used to be a small, go-getting team making super-fast, very arcadey racing games called Burnout. Eventually scooped up by EA, the series has sadly been put to one side in favour of the better-selling Need for Speed, but it seems the studio hasn't forgotten its roots despite all the change.
Speaking in an interview with Eurogamer, Kieran Crimmins — creative director on the upcoming Need for Speed Unbound — is asked about the potential of a Burnout revival. Rather than brush the question to one side, Crimmins gives a surprisingly hopeful answer.
"It's not something we're looking at doing now," he begins, "but if you're talking about the two games that the studio has the most passion for, they're obviously Need for Speed and Burnout." He continues, commenting that Burnout's "unique take on racing" would be "absolutely phenomenal" today.
"So I guess what I'm saying is, I would love to do that," Crimmins adds. While a new Burnout isn't "in the immediate future plans", he says "it'd be really fun".
There's a lot of passion here at Push Square for Burnout, the majority of it emanating from this particular author, so we sincerely hope it gets another day in the sun. For now, Need for Speed Unbound is looking pretty good — EA Play members can try it out themselves starting tomorrow.
[source eurogamer.net, via purexbox.com]
At least give us a remaster of part 3 and revenge
I'd love a new Burnout, and not an open world one - just make it track-based like it used to be.
That said, the new NFS actually looks like it has a lot of that dna in it.
One of EA's greatest sins is not doing a sequel to Paradise, which is not only the greatest arcade racing game ever made but straight up one of the best games ever made period.
I'd definitely take a new Burnout but not in the style of Burnout Paradise, taking it open world lost much more than it gained leaving it one of the weakest entries for me. The likelihood is we'll never see it anyway sadly
I'd definitely take a new Burnout, especially in the style of Burnout Paradise, taking it open world gained much more than it lost leaving it one of the strongest entries for me. The likelihood is we'll never see it anyway sadly.
Hopefully more like Takedown and Revenge and nothing like Paradise
A Burnout 3 remaster or remake - or a new game in that style - is exactly what I want. If they make some adjustments to Burnout Paradise with a sequel to that game, it might not be bad either. But most of my nostalgia revolves around Takedown.
I'd love a Burnout remastered collection of 1 - 3.
I personally would love a Burnout Paradise 2 but I'll take whatever they give me if they want to go back to the main entries or just remake the entire franchise which would be for the best.
we want to do it.
you want it.
not doing it, ps5 not got enough remakes yet.
Tbh I’d settle for a Burnout 2 remake which is still the best in the series for me…
Forget Paradise (Midnight Club done that better) give us the classic burnouts 3 and revenge, or make4 please and no dj atomica lol
Black 2 also? That game was way ahead of its time, short game but I remember the gun fights and explosions being amazing at the time
Is the Burnout community really that divided on whether Burnout Paradise was good or not? The highlight for me was the mini cars and the lowlight was almost every race traveling up all those winding roads to the "top" of the map. Intersection crashes (showstoppers?) weren't as fun as they were in regular series either. Crashes overall were way better in the earlier games.
I would definitely buy me some more Burnout if it was available.
I want a new Midnight Club too. These were great games. Midnight Club LA was my favorite.
@grapetrap Im playin through dub edition again on series s
Paradise was an absolute blast on Switch and I'm gradually working my way through the first game on Gamecube but would naturally prefer something along the lines of Paradise. And portable, of course.
Hopefully one day.
There's nothing I want more, than to get a new burnout and SSX game.
As long as it was a quality title I'd be up for more Burnout.
Get them on burnout & bring back EA Black Box for need for speed !
Do this (& remaster Takedown) so that I can die happy Criterion.
@bpomber Beautifully put sir, I completely agree with what you said and is easily the best comment under this article without question 😌
I have been waiting sooooooo long for a follow up to Burnout Paradise......... That I have actually given up now lol
I'd love burnout to return to its roots and have either the urban circuits or a point A to B sprint race. The open world setting of paradise was fun but lost a lot of the feeling i got from the original 3 games. Its clear to me that E.A. are only interested in churning out more NFS games with naff music,generic racing in more generic open world settings with silly cel shaded graphics and the cool kid characters..instant turn off for me on all fronts and a purchase only when it drops below a tenner..
Random, unpopular opinion- I'd really like another Burnout in the style of Dominator. It was admittedly missing the awesome crash mode of Takedown but the way you could keep refilling your boost bar while actually using the boost meant you could essentially boost for the entire race and rack up huge combo points.
It was a really addictive way of encouraging you to take risks while driving at max speed and it was really satisfying to keep chaining boosts together throughout the race.
If they could bring that style back for a new Burnout game it would be really awesome.
Please remake burnout 3or revenge
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