Burnout Paradise, Criterion's excellent open world racer from 2008, looks set to make a triumphant return.
The conclusion of the epic Digital Foundry vs Criterion technology interview.
Meet the team behind Burnout's engine evolution.
Editor's note: As Burnout Paradise finally arrives on the backwards compatibility list for Xbox One, we thought it was time to revisit this astonishing game.
The Xbox One backwards compatible library is adding three new games today and they're all winners.
The brains behind Burnout are building a new driving game.
Oh cripes, Burnout Paradise is £2.50 on Steam right now. That's not very much money at all, is it?
Digital Foundry posted a video mash-up yesterday of Star Wars Battlefront versus Return of the Jedi, splicing together sections of Speeder Bike footage from both game and film such that it was hard to tell the difference.
UPDATE: Alex Ward has revealed that he and Fiona Sperry left Criterion to "start afresh and form a new games company". He'll also apparently write a column for trade magazine Develop.
Criterion has said that there will be "no more" Burnout Paradise downloadable content as the two-year anniversary of the game's release rolls around.
Criterion has revealed various plans for downloadable content in Burnout Paradise that never made it into production.
In part one of the Criterion technology interview, Digital Foundry talked in-depth with two of the guiding minds behind the company's approach to the engine side of game-making, discussing the underlying Renderware technology, the team's proven approach to cross-platform development, the move to an open world in Burnout and the evolution of their technology through the use of DLC, with all the issues that entails.
Every Saturday, Digital Foundry takes over the Eurogamer homepage, offering up a mixture of technical retrospectives, performance analyses and new ways to showcase some of gaming's most classic titles. When the opportunity arose to meet up with the Criterion tech team, I jumped at the chance - the aim being to get the full story behind what is one of the most technologically advanced games of this generation: Burnout Paradise.
"Let's just say you have to be very sensible! Very pragmatic. It isn't magic, although perhaps we'd like to say it is."
Burnout Paradise developer Criterion reckons that developers who talk about maxing out the potential of a games console are being a bit silly.
Criterion Games has announced an 11th June release date for Big Surf Island on PS3 and Xbox 360.
Criterion has announced pricing plans for the latest batch of Burnout Paradise downloadable content.
The next batch of downloadable content for Burnout Paradise will be released on 30th April, according to Criterion's website.
The latest Burnout Paradise DLC pack will be released on Thursday morning, according to the Criterion Games blog.
Criterion has said it will release the Burnout Paradise Legendary Cars pack, inspired by vehicular idols of the silver screen, on Thursday 19th February.
Just over a year on from its initial release, Electronic Arts has re-issued Burnout Paradise in the form of The Ultimate Box. This combines the original game with all of its download add-ons, a brand new Party mode and a range of other less headline-grabbing but equally welcome updates.
And yes, that includes a restart option.
Some might argue that Criterion has finally bowed under the pressure of its critics. But the truth of the matter is the inclusion of the much sought-after feature isn't just about appeasing The Internet; it is just one of an array of tweaks, upgrades and changes designed to make the whole game more appealing to a less hardcore audience.
Criterion has announced yet another premium pack of downloadable content for Burnout Paradise.
The developer's website says you need to check out the Criterion Games Network via PC or PS3 to find out more.
But for those who have the Xbox 360 version of the game (which doesn't allow you to access the CGN), or just can't be bothered - the new pack is titled Cops and Robbers. Screenshots are due to appear on the site and on the PlayStation blog today, but there's no sign as yet.
Criterion plans to release Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box on Xbox 360, PS3 and - for the first time - PC from 6th February.
Criterion has decided to offer free trials of Burnout Paradise on PC ahead of the full release in February.
Even more Burnout Paradise updates have been announced, including, yes, a Back To The Future-style hover car. Obviously.
Criterion has announced plans to release a special edition of hit racer Burnout Paradise.
Reviewing something free can sometimes feel like you're not so much looking a gift horse in the mouth as wrenching the jaws off the gift horse and thrusting your face so far down its gullet that you can taste its tail. With that pleasant image in mind, Burnout Paradise recently underwent its most sweeping change since release back in January so it makes sense to see how the addition of bikes and clocks has affected Paradise City.
The first thing you'll notice is a new front end, with local time and weather conditions around the world and updated news from the world of Burnout. The downside is that the game now takes an agonising amount of time to start up. I'm playing the Xbox 360 version, and while I used to be able to jump into the game very quickly I know have to watch a loading screen for several minutes, click through some more screens and suffer yet more loading as the console slurps up the additional data from the hard drive. Annoying.
Thankfully, it's worth the wait. Two spanky bikes await you once you've downloaded the patch and restarted the game. The Firehawk V4 is a blisteringly fast racing bike, while FV1100 is a sturdier yet slower ride. Slower is relative though, since both vehicles go like the proverbial poop off a shovel. You can opt for a male or female rider, and the animation is incredibly lifelike. Leave them idling by the road and they'll roll their shoulders to ease out the kinks. Pull off a donut and they'll lean into the spin, steadying themselves with their leg. Even when thundering around, they'll occasionally glance over their shoulder or look around. They're certainly not rigid mannequins.
A new patch introducing motorbikes to Burnout Paradise is now available for download.
Criterion has decided it is about time Burnout was offered to you lot on PC.