Criterion’s Creative Director, Alex Ward, took to Twitter to announce that he will not be involved in any racing games in the foreseeable future. He started the conversation by saying, “Totally fake. Remakes and Reboots? #movedon.” He then added, “May as well add this. Sequels.Reboots. Remakes. Been there. Done that,” indicating that he is ready for a new adventure.
When one Twitter respondent outlined that EA said the team was supposedly still busy with a reboot or sequel, Ward responded “Some folks might be. Personally I am not.” Naturally, his initial tweets garnered interest and speculation. He said that Burnout may come back “at some point in the future.” However, he added that it will only happen when it feels right. In a conclusive tweet he said, “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.”
The statements varied between personal sentiment and comments that could refer to the studio as a whole. There were a number of times that Ward stated that he wasn’t personally involved in projects, but that doesn’t mean that Criterion isn’t working away on something.
Fans of the initial Black will also be disappointed as it looks like there is a multitude of issues to tackle before Black 2 could be a reality.
He finished off his series by thanking everyone for their support. Interestingly, he switched back to the pluaralised “We.” It will be interesting to see where Criterion and Alex Ward go from here. Criterion Games and its studio director, Fiona Sperry, have remained quiet on the subject.