The creative director of Criterion Games, Alex Ward, appears to have debunked recent rumours surrounding his studio of a potential reboot for Underground. He took to Twitter to say “Totally fake. Remakes and Reboots? #movedon” which seems to indicate that the studio’s last game – a reboot for Need for Speed: Most Wanted – will be their last foray into redoing other people’s games.
But that’s not all, he returned to his Twitter account to say “May as well add this. Sequels. Reboots. Remakes. Been there. Done that.” which kind of puts the dampeners on hopes for a proper sequel to Burnout Paradise too.
What this does imply, though, is that Criterion is working on new IP. Considering the ability at the studio, and the potential for their next game to be on next generation console hardware, that could be very exciting indeed.
Later on, Ward replied to a question saying that there’s a chance Burnout might make a return “at some point in the future” but given how strongly stated the desire to move away from old work was, it seems that it’s not even under consideration just now.