Criterion, the EA-owned Guildford studio with a proud heritage of racing titles, is said to be working on a new IP in a different genre.
Studio exec Alex Ward explained on his personal Twitter account that "after over a decade of making racing games it's time to make something new".
Initially it was suspected this meant that Criterion would not be developing racing games in the short-term, but in a follow-up message, Alex clarified that he was not speaking for the studio.
In June last year it was announced that Criterion was to assume control of the entire Need for Speed franchise.
The suspicion is that Criterion has two teams working on different projects, the first being another Need for Speed title and the other a new IP. CVG has contacted EA for clarification and comment.
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
I am proud of all of the Burnout games. When it feels right we will make another one. We are creative people.— Alex Ward (@AlexanderJWard) April 15, 2013
No Black2 either folks. Volumes to tell on that topic, but will save that forwhen I get a book deal...— Alex Ward (@AlexanderJWard) April 15, 2013