While the gaming world has collectively been warm to the Need for Speed franchise under Criterion’s guidance, there’s also been a recent sense of malaise that it could dominate the studios time to the point they don’t have time to produce titles in their other franchises. Alex Ward, Creative Director of Criterion, took to Twitter today in a blizzard of tweets to confirm the suspicion, stating that “After over a decade of making racing games it’s time to make something new. It is early days thus I have nothing to ‘announce’ or talk about.” Among similar tweets, he followed that statement up saying “I am proud of all of the Burnout games. When it feels right we will make another one. We are creative people.” While it looks like Criterion isn’t completely abandoning the series, it’s clear there’s no plans to produce another game in the series.
As for Black, Ward simply stated “No Black2 either folks. Volumes to tell on that topic, but will save that for when I get a book deal…” No huge surprise there, as the first and only entry was over seven years ago, but telling in that it seems the studio is seemingly ramping down production of future racing games, yet has no plans to resurrect past series.