Rumors suggesting that Criterion has been working on a “Need for Speed Underground” reboot are false. The UK-based developer recently declared “it is time to make something new,” revealing that the studio is moving away from racing for now.
Taking up the discussion on Twitter, Criterion boss Alex Ward told gamers not expect a new Need for Speed, Burnout, Road Rash, or Black from the studio anytime soon.
“Here is what I want folks to know,” said Ward. “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.”
“No point saving up hard earned money for your fave game not to come. Trust me, I have been there.”
“After over a decade of making racing games it’s time to make something new,” said Ward. “It is early days thus I have nothing to ’announce’ or talk about.”
“If you are following me expecting some Megaton of a new Burnout game, or an Underground remake then I have to disappoint you,” he said.
No new NFS Underground, but that’s okay. The team over at Criterion is clearly a talented bunch, so it will be very interesting to see what they do away from the racing genre.