TGN – Burnout studio Criterion helped make Star Wars Battlefront’s Speeders
Digital Foundry posted a video mash-up yesterday of Star Wars Battlefront versus Return of the Jedi, splicing together sections of Speeder Bike footage from both game and film such that it was hard to tell the difference.
That video prompted an unexpected revelation from Burnout and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit developer Criterion Games: that it helped make those Speeder Bikes.
Criterion is a British studio renowned for the Burnout series of racing games, and for reviving Need for Speed with Hot Pursuit in 2010. But there’s been a deal of turbulence at the studio in recent years, involving an exodus of staff to EA’s Ghost Games to help make Need for Speed: Rivals, then the departure of the studio’s two founders, Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry.
But Criterion is still going, and last summer it announced a brand new IP: a multi-vehicle open-world racing game. Our Martin Robinson talked to Criterion’s Matt Webster at the time, about all that was going on, and Webster said there was still a rich vein of both veteran talent at the studio as well as a necessary intake of ‘the new’.