Criterion are famed for making some of the best arcade racers in the business, but according to a series of tweets from studio boss Alex Ward, they're going to be exploring a new direction and new genres from now on.
However, they'll return to Burnout "when the time is right."
"Here is what I want folks to know," Ward began. "Some folks are eternally disappointed. Nothing I can do about that. So many tweets asking for new Burnout."
"Equally many tweets asking for a new NFS game from us. Also Road Rash. Whilst I love all of those games, I am personally not doing any."
Ward revealed Criterion's new direction because he hated the thought of fans saving up for a new Criterion racer that wasn't in the works.
"As a diehard NES gamer in the late '80s UK I was misled by many gaming mags hinting at games to be released. Most games did not get a PAL release. Most of the hot stuff was JPN and USA only. Hence I hate to mislead ANYONE.
"No point saving up hard earned money for your fave game not to come. Trust me, I have been there."
Though remaining tight-lipped on the details, Ward did drop a few hints of what not to expect.
"After over a decade of making racing games it's time to make something new," Ward continued. "It is early days thus I have nothing to 'announce' or talk about. I will do my best to keep folks in the loop who want to follow what we play or what inspires us. Or what we might be listening to.
"But if you are following me expecting some Megaton of a new Burnout game, or an Underground remake then I have to disappoint you. No Black2 either folks. Volumes to tell on that topic, but will save that for when I get a book deal..."
"I am proud of all of the Burnout games. When it feels right we will make another one. We are creative people."
Thanks for the support everybody. We won't let you down! #tothefuture."
So... there? We'll let you know what Criterion are working on when they're willing to talk specifics. In the meantime, it's worth noting that Ghost (the recently rebranded EA Gothenburg) are working on the next Need For Speed title.