If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy.

Burnout creator Criterion now working on EA's Star Wars projects, extreme sports game canned

Steep.

Criterion, British developer of the beloved Burnout racing franchise, is no longer working on its extreme sports racing IP.

Instead, the studio has been put to work on EA's various Star Wars projects, such as Battlefront and Battlefront VR.

We hadn't heard much of Criterion's own game since its announcement was teased back at E3 2014.

Behind the scenes, Criterion's time has actually been taken up by other games for a while - it contributed to both Battlefront and Battlefield Hardline last year.

The studio also now lacks former founders Fiona Sperry and Alex Ward, who have set up their own indie studio Three Fields Entertainment and released Dangerous Golf.

"While Criterion has moved on from the previous project they've spoken about and aren't pursuing it specifically, they are continuing to build new ideas and experiment with new IP for EA," an EA spokesperson told Eurogamer.

"Criterion is also working on EA's Star Wars Battlefront VR experience, and contributing to other games from EA, for example the speeder bikes in Star Wars Battlefront."

Criterion's unannounced project was designed to be an open world Burnout Paradise-style game featuring all manner of extreme sports vehicles: jet skis, wingsuits, ATVs, helicopters and planes.

Curiously, Ubisoft has a similar project in the works. The publisher unveiled snowy extreme sports game Steep during its E3 2016 press conference last week.

Here's how Criterion's game was teased two years ago:

Will you support Eurogamer?

We want to make Eurogamer better, and that means better for our readers - not for algorithms. You can help! Become a supporter of Eurogamer and you can view the site completely ad-free, as well as gaining exclusive access to articles, podcasts and conversations that will bring you closer to the team, the stories, and the games we all love. Subscriptions start at £3.99 / $4.99 per month.

About the Author

Tom Phillips avatar

Tom Phillips

Deputy Editor

Tom is Eurogamer's deputy editor. He writes lots of news, some of the puns and makes sure we put the accent on Pokémon.

Comments

More News

Latest Articles

Supporters Only

Eurogamer.net logo

Buy things with globes on them

And other lovely Eurogamer merch in our official store!

Eurogamer.net Merch