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Criterion’s Beyond Cars No Longer Being Worked On

The 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) has now been and gone, and it came with an extensive line-up of virtual reality (VR) titles. But two years ago at E3 2014, the VR landscape was completely different and highly experimental, but noted Burnout developer Criterion Games revealed a new project that would come to be known as Beyond Cars, hinting at possible VR support for the Oculus Rift. Now that has all come to an end with EA suggesting its been cancelled.

Talking to Eurogamer an EA spokeperson said: “While Criterion has moved on from the previous project they’ve spoken about and aren’t pursuing it specifically, they are continuing to build new ideas and experiment with new IP for EA.”

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While the statement doesn’t specifically confirm the project has been cancelled the studio has been busy working on other titles such as the Star Wars: Battlefront VR Experience, as well as Battlefront and Battlefront Hardline.

Beyond Cars was due to be an expansion of Criterion’s race heritage by making a bigger, more diverse racing title. Alongside cars other vehicles appeared in a short trailer included helicopters, ATV’s, wingsuits, boats and planes.

Star Wars: Battlefront VR Experience will be an exclusive for Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE’s) PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD). The headset has now been confirmed for a worldwide launch on 18th October 2016, but Star Wars: Battlefront VR Experience hasn’t yet been confirmed as a launch title, although it’s due for release this year.

Confirmed at SIE’s keynote address by Shawn Layden Chairman of SIE Worldwide Studio was the news that between launch and the end of the year, over 50 titles would be available for PlayStation VR, ensuring a significant content line-up for the new device.

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