A couple of recent job advertisements for Criterion Games hint that the studio may be about to return to the racing franchise that made them what they are – Burnout.
Last week Criterion posted a handful of job opportunities, two of which make for very interesting reading. For starters, the studio is looking for a Senior VFX Engineer to develop graphics and visual effects for an unannounced “AAA racing title”. But what kind of an “AAA” racing title are we talking about? Well, the next job advert, for that a Cinematic Cut Scene Artist, suggests that Criterion is working on something that is either almost certainly a new Burnout or something that reads a lot like Burnout on paper.
“Criterion Games is looking for talented Cinematic Artists to work on the world’s number one, multi award winning, arcade racing franchise,” the adverts’ overview reads. “You’ll be part of the in game Cinematic Team within EA’s BAFTA award winning Criterion Games studio; with responsibility for bringing to life the visceral, brutal car action Criterion is critically acclaimed, trusted and renowned for.”
Additionally, the successful applicant will be responsible for creating “dynamic action sequences” and “delivering stylish, engaging and entertaining solutions to our hi octane driving action.”
Furthermore, the applicant will also be called upon to animate “intense car action sequences, terrifying jumps, insane crashes and epic car chases.” Sound like Burnout much? We think it does.
Criterion’s Burnout game, Burnout CRASH!, released last year for PSN, XBLA, PC and iOS. It’s been almost four years since Burnout Paradise, the studio’s last “boxed” retail Burnout game.