Criterion Working on Self-Funded FPS

UK middleware giant set for shooter acclaim.

Posted by Staff
Criterion's Burnout 2
Criterion's Burnout 2
According to various well-placed sources, UK RenderWare developer Criterion is hard at work on a first-person shooter set for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC.

The game has not been touted to any potential publishers as yet, and is entirely funded by Criterion itself. Running on the latest RenderWare technology, we expect to see the first behind-closed-doors showing at E3 in Los Angeles this May.

We were not told the subject matter of the shooter, leaving a gaping hole in our imagination. Expect clarification of this point some time this week.

In terms of who will publish the game, one would have to nominate Electronic Arts as favourite right now. The biggest third-party publisher in the world recently snapped up the rights to Criterion’s leading IP Burnout, so perhaps this FPS would make the perfect accompaniment.

Stay tuned for updates on this in the coming weeks.


speaksvolumes 26 Jan 2004 14:28
hardly a scoop. this is on criterion games' website posted last july...


Hot on the heels of the huge success of racer Burnout 2: Point of Impact, Criterion Games today confirmed that work is progressing on two new products.

“Black” which has been the subject of intense press speculation, is a next-generation first person shooter, while “Dust Storm” is a new racing game.

At present Criterion is not releasing any visuals from either project and it remains tight-lipped about further game details. However the volume of enquiries about the studios’ new games meant that it seemed sensible to confirm the existence of the new titles now.

Commenting on Criterion’s two new projects Studio Head Fiona Sperry said “Development on “Black” and “Dust Storm” has been well underway for some time and we are delighted with how both titles are progressing. These new games continue our philosophy of creating new console franchises based on our own original IP.

ray_tugley 27 Jan 2004 00:36
speaksvolumes wrote:

>hardly a scoop. this is on criterion games'
>website posted last july...
>Yeah, no mention of the game's name in your news either - Black, Black, like the long tunnel that leads to the icy cold hand of death. Black, the colur of armageddon, pestilence and death.
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