Criterion Lead Cinematic Artist for Marketing Pete Panton, what a great guy, updated his LinkedIn profile with a special new detail that should have racing games excited. It's a small line of text listed under his currently employment at Criterion that reads, " 'Unannounced Racing Title' EA Games 2013". Pete. Buddy. Pal. Tell me more about how you're making a new Burnout. Tell me. Or else.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted, Criterion's last major release, came out in 2012 and while a year and a half or so of development may not be much, perhaps Criterion has been working on something new for quite some time now. I'm getting ahead of myself, though. First, we have to make the assumption that this game Criterion is working on is next-gen. Why? Well, if it was current-gen, it would be announced by now. Next-gen will be coming around November, so getting your current-gen game out by then is a sort of deadline, otherwise you're asking for your game to die.
Also, considering that EA is rumored to have some sort of exclusivity partnership with Microsoft going into the next generation it makes sense Criterion would be primed to make an announcement when the Nextbox is revealed. A Burnout exclusive for the Durango at launch would be absolutely huge. Now imagine a Burnout that requires an always-online internet connection and what that could mean.
Hopefully we'll hear more from EA soon, or perhaps an update from Microsoft on when we they'll have their own Xbox event.