Criterion Games reveals new, unnamed, first-person action sports game
Criterion, developer of Burnout and Need for Speed, revealed its next game during EA’s E3 press conference today. The game has no title yet, but the first-person, “action sports” title has vehicles at the center and Oculus VR on the mind.
Criterions Matt Webster told IGN very little about the new game, but emphasized, "At the heart, its got to come from absolute excitement and exhilaration, its got to be underpinned by beautiful vehicle controls. And were going beyond cars, as you can see."
In an early video featuring prototype footage, we see a player leap from a chopper, land on an four-wheel ATV, and speed past other players as the helicopter crashes. "That sort of sets the tone," Webster said. "Clearly weve got some very good ideas."
Some of those ideas involve virtual reality, something Websters team has been experimenting with for its mysterious new vehicle game. "Playing this prototype on Oculus is...is...awesome. Weve always liked to be at the forefront of new technology, so when that stuff comes around youve got to embrace it. It just so happens that with the experience weve got, we have an incredible opportunity with a first-person experience."
Criterion had spent some time working on the Need for Speed franchise, which will not return until 2015, when Ghost Games intends to do something "dramatically different" for the racing brand.
Criterions development team on this project is very small. "We shrunk down," Webster said. Earlier this year, Criterion co-founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry left the studio, which had fewer than 20 employees as of September 2013. "We explored a bunch of things last year." Eventually the team of "20 to 25" started gaining traction on a concept, and its been working on the new, nameless game for about six months. Read more on Websters thoughts on Criterion here.
The unnamed project currently has no release date.