Criterion No Longer Developing Their Extreme Sports Game, Are Now Working on “New Ideas”

In a statement sent to GameSpot, EA revealed that Criterion’s new extreme sports IP, which was announced two years ago and said to be their “biggest game” ever, has been cancelled:

While they’ve moved on from the previous project they’ve spoken about and aren’t pursuing it, they are continuing to build new ideas and experiment with new IP for EA, in addition to continuing to collaborate with other EA studios.

We know Criterion (Burnout) is working on Star Wars Battlefront X-Wing VR Mission for PlayStation VR, and they previously helped with Battlefront on the speeder bikes.

This news is a bit surprising as Patrick Söderlund, Executive VP of EA Studios, told IGN just last week that Criterion’s new IP was still in development, but it had undergone some changes:

So, are they building the exact game that we announced two years ago? I would say no. It’s been changed a little bit. Are we still committed for them to build a new IP? Yes. They’re working on that. They’re working on the Battlefront VR, and a couple other things. They’re very much alive, working and kicking. That’s the risk you run when you show something in such an early stage of its life, that it’s going to end up changing as life goes by.

What would you like to see next from Criterion?

[Source: GameSpot, IGN]