The Burnout titles were some of the most entertaining driving games ever released. Built around the concept that crashing and attempting stunts were more fun than non-contact racing, Burnout gained many fans.
Unfortunately we haven’t had a Burnout title since Burnout Paradise in 2008, even though that was a commercial and critical success. Does Criterion have anything up its sleeve? Yes, according to creative director Craig Sullivan, who told The Guardian:
“We will make another Burnout game at some point. Obviously, as we’re working on NFS [Need For Speed] we’re thinking of really good ideas that aren’t right for this series; there are ideas that we’re going to explore with Burnout. And we wouldn’t be making NFS or Burnout games if we didn’t think the driving genre had a long shelf life and that we could push the boundaries.”
Awesome. Now I want to know when it’s happening.
Sullivan also teased the possibility of the developer revisiting the long-lost Road Rash series which hasn’t had a new title since Road Rash: Jail Break in 1999, saying:
“When we did Burnout Paradise we did some motorbike DLC and now everyone thinks that we’re going to do Road Rash at some point. I had a lot of fun playing that game, we think bikes are fun. We might make a Road Rash game…. But then we might make a game without vehicles in it … Road Rash seems like a good fit for Criterion.”
To be honest I’d rather just see Road Rash elements brought into the next Burnout game rather than two standalone titles, but what do I know.