Criterion Games, the developer behind the beloved Burnout racing series, may well be working in virtual reality (VR). The studio suggested as much at E3 last year, but has since remained silent on its upcoming new racing project. For those getting impatient, it seems that Three Fields Entertainment a new studio co-founded by former Criterion developer Alex Ward, is working on its own ‘spiritual successor’ to the Burnout franchise, and will be looking to support upcoming head-mounted displays (HMDs).
Ward said as much to Develop. “Our second project will be a racing game,” he told the site. “A spiritual successor to one of the Burnout series for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. We aim to support PlayStation VR and Oculus Rift.” PlayStation VR is of course Sony Computer Entertainment’s HMD on its way to the PlayStation 4 in the first half of 2016, while the PC-based Oculus Rift will be releasing in Q1 2016. Ward didn’t tease any other details other that it will be revealed after the launch of its first title, which should be announced early next year as its development nears completion.
A Twitter tease for Three Fields Entertainment’s racing title promises “Speed. Traffic. Lots and lots of crashing”. Each of these aspects is synonymous with the Burnout franchise, which saw players racing a top speeds, often colliding head-on with oncoming traffic. The last main entry in the series released all the way back in 2008 as Burnout Paradise, although a downloadble spin-off, Burnout Crash!, did launch back in 2011. Fans will surely be ready to welcome a spiritual successor to the franchise with such a long gap since the last release, then.
VRFocus will continue to follow Three Fields Entertainment’s work in VR, reporting back with the latest updates to the title.