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EA boss: "We don't want to burn out Burnout developer"

Criterion is best known for the excellent Burnout series and the well received NFS installment Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. However, they work for EA, who are known to make their studios churn out a game every year. EA boss Frank Gibeau, interestingly, noted that would be the “worst possible idea”, adding that it would “limit their creativity and hurt quality.”

Choice words, but what about meeting customer demand? The same formula Activision applies to its cash cow – alternate studios every year. The upcoming NFS title is based on the Frostbite 2 engine, which also powers Battlefield 3. It is being developed by Black Box in Vancouver.

Need for Speed: The Run is set for release this November. It is not known what Criterion is currently working on, but many are speculating a new entry in the Burnout franchise.

Burnout Paradise Update Expands City

The upcoming “Davis” update for Burnout Paradise will add a completely new section to Paradise City, according to developer Criterion. Scheduled for release this August, the fourth update will mark the first expansion to Paradise City since the game’s release.

The update will also add motorbikes to the game, as well as new challenges suitable for these vehicles. It will also add night-time racing, allowing gamers to go all NFS on their Burnout.

Meanwhile, the “Cagney” update, the third one, will go live this June, adding new multiplayer modes including Online Road Rage, Marked Man and Stunt Events.

Burnout Paradise Gets Soundtrack

The official playlist for Burnout Paradise was announced by EA earlier this week. The music features in the game includes tracks from artists such as Alice in Chain, Soundgarden, Guns n’ Roses, Killswitch Engage and Senses Fail, among many others. Here’s the full list:

  • Adam And The Ants, “Stand And Deliver”
  • Agent Blue, “Snowhill”
  • Airbourne, “Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast”
  • Alice In Chains, “Would?”
  • Army Of Me, “Going Through Changes”
  • Avril Lavigne, “Girlfriend”
  • B’z, “FRICTION”
  • Brain Failure feat. Dicky Barrett, “Coming Down To Beijing”
  • Brand New , “The Archers Bows Have Broken”
  • Bromheads Jacket, “Fight Music For The Fight”
  • Depeche Mode, “Route 66 (Beatmasters Mix)”
  • Faith No More, “Epic”
  • Guns N’ Roses, “Paradise City”
  • Innerpartysystem, H”eart Of Fire”
  • Jane’s Addiction, “Stop!”
  • Jimmy Eat World, “Electable (Give It Up)”
  • Junkie XL feat. Lauren Rocket, “Cities In Dust”
  • Jupiter One, “Fire Away”
  • Kerli, “Creepshow”
  • Killswitch Engage, “My Curse”
  • LCD Soundsystem, “Us V. Them”
  • Make Good Your Escape, “Beautiful Ruin”
  • Maxeen, “Block Out The World”
  • Mexicolas, “Come Clean”
  • N.E.R.D., “Rockstar (Jason Nevins Mix)”
  • Never Heard Of It*, “Finger On The Trigger”
  • Operator, “Nothing To Lose”
  • Permanent ME, “Until You Leave”
  • Saosin, “Collapse”
  • Seether, “Fake It”
  • Senses Fail, “Calling All Cars”
  • Showing Off To Thieves*, “Everyone Has Their Secrets”
  • Skybombers, “It Goes Off”
  • Soundgarden, “Rusty Cage”
  • Sugarcult, “Dead Living”
  • Swervedriver, “Duel”
  • The Photo Atlas, “Red Orange Yellow”
  • The Pigeon Detectives, “I’m Not Sorry”
  • The Styles, “Glitter Hits (J.J. Puig Mix)”
  • Twisted Sister, “I Wanna Rock”

*Winner of the second international Burnout Bandslam competition.

Burnout Paradise is due out on January 25, 2008 for the PS3 and Xbox 360. A playable demo of the game is already available on the online networks of aforementioned consoles.

Burnout Paradise Gets Release Date

EA and Criterion sent out word that Burnout Paradise, the next installment in the crash-and-burn racing series, will be out in North America on January 22. The game is due out on PS3 and Xbox 360, featuring an open-world environment and challenges available at any junction. EA is also promising “a new standard for online social gameplay.”

A demo of the game will be out on the PlayStation Store and Xbox Live Marketplace this December. It will feature online support and show off the new Stunt mode.

New Road Rash, Sims 3, Black Revealed; Crysis, Army of Two Delayed

EA’s conference call saw quite a few surprise announcements, the biggest of which is the revival of the classic Road Rash series. The company revealed that development on The Sims 3 has commenced and that it will be a fiscal 2009 title, which begins on April 1, 2008. It was also stated that another installment in the Sim City series is also in the works, as well as a Simpsons sequel, Sims on Wii and a PS3 version of The Sims 2: Holiday Edition (2006 or 2007 Holiday season).

“There is a new Road Rash game,” an EA executive bluntly stated. No further details were given. It was also stated that a next-gen version of Black is being developed, though it is not clear whether it will be a full-blown sequel or a revamp of the original. As per the executive, it will be a “next-generation version of Black.”

Sad news is there too: those looking forward to Crysis and Army of Two will have to wait longer. Both titles have been delayed to EA’s fiscal 2008, which begins on April 1, 2007. No reason for the delays was given.