When news leaked that Criterion Games was working on something to release in 2013, potentially for next-gen consoles, many fans' hearts were set aflutter. "Is it Burnout? Is it Need For Speed? Is it Road Rash? Is it Black 2?" Except no one asked if it was Black 2.
Everyone joined in excitement when a modern logo for Need For Speed: Underground made the rounds, but that rumor was quickly squashed. Now, all of the rumors have been quashed. Criterion isn't working on a racing games. Or Black 2. Shut up about Black 2 already.
Today, Criterion's Creative Director Alex Ward, who quashed the Need For Speed: Underground, stepped up to the plate and laid them sticks straight. In rapid fire fashion Ward stated he (notice the word choice) was not working on any of the above games, or even a racing game at all:
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— Alex Ward (@AlexanderJWard) April 15, 2013
Does that mean Criterion Games is working on an IP? Does that mean somewhere else in Criterion that isn't under Alex Ward's watch is working on a Burnout or a Need for Speed? Does that mean Criterion is planning on something for 2013? For next-gen? Nobody knows! Talk about being obtuse and cryptic. Basically, Alex just wanted folk to stop bothering him on Twitter, I suppose.
Hopefully we'll hear more about Criterion either at E3 or during Microsoft's next-gen Xbox event (expected at the end of May). All I know is I'm done writing up these stupid rumor posts!
PS, that's a lie. If there's a really good rumor on Criterion's next project I'll write it in second.