Criterion’s Xtreme Racing Game Beyond Cars Scrapped

Back in June 2014, Burnout developers Criterion Games announced they were making a new racer with all manner of gnarly going-fast devices: Jetskis, quad bikes, wingsuits, parachutes, dune buggies, speedboats, helicopters, planes, and goodness knows what else – to the max, dudes! Well, the project known as Beyond Cars is no more. Criterion’s dad, Ian Arts, has ordered them to cut their hair, take out that nose ring, swap that hemp necklace for a polyester necktie, and get a real job: making Star Wars stuff.

Beyond Cars (it’s not clear whether that was its name, codename, nickname, or what, but I suppose that doesn’t matter now) was to have all sorts of wikkid sikk vehicles and extreme sports alongside each other in the same world, zipping around each other and even connecting. Their concept ideas included things like parachuters being yanked behind quad bikes. They never really showed the game itself but it sounded fun; I’m always up for a little Criterion wackiness. Here’s the announcement vid from E3 2014:

Criterion’s Pete Lake showed a little concept art during a talk at GDC this year, though he didn’t say much about it, so I suppose this cancellation is quite recent.

“While Criterion has moved on from the previous project they’ve spoken about and aren’t pursuing it specifically, they are continuing to build new ideas and experiment with new IP for EA,” Electronic Arts said in a statement provided to Eurogamer.

“Criterion is also working on EA’s Star Wars Battlefront VR experience, and contributing to other games from EA, for example the speeder bikes in Star Wars Battlefront.”

That Star Wars cybergoggle thing is exclusive to PlayStation VR, by the way.

I wonder what those “new ideas” and experiments are. Maybe they can trick Ian Arts into letting them make an extreme Starsports game – jetpacks, pod racers, and other things which just so happen to resemble xtreme modes of transport in Beyond Cars.


  1. GWOP says:

    Well, color me Xtremely disappointed.

  2. davethejuggler says:

    Sounds rather like that Steep game that was shown at e3. Shame though. Could have been great. I’m already bored of the massive influx of star wars games and i haven’t played a single one.

  3. Crusoe says:

    If anyone would like to employ me to destroy Star Wars stuff, just to even the balance, I’d be up for that.

    • Cinek says:

      I guess you’ll be glad to hear that they are working on another Battlefront.

  4. Turkey says:

    Noticed at the Sony conference that “experience” is the new buzzword for VR titles. Sounds pretty bad tbh.

  5. a very affectionate parrot says:

    Oh boy… more star wars crap from ea… so hyped…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    Aerothorn says:

    Part of me really wants to pick up Battlefront, but both the demo and the trial reminded me that the flight controls are inexplicably terrible (like, way worst than Battlefield and seemingly unusable/inaccurate no matter what device I’m using, including a proper joystick).

  7. GameCat says:

    Shame, the concept looks like Motorstorm and the world needs more Motorstom-like racing games.

    • Banks says:

      No, the world needs more Motorstorm. Period.

      Also, more burnout wouldn’t hurt.

  8. try2bcool69 says:

    Just make Burnout Paradise 2, ffs, or any Burnout game for that matter, or remaster them and release the old ones on the PC! Something! Anything!

  9. KenTWOu says:

    This news makes this video even more depressing.

  10. April March says:

    Aw man, I didn’t even know this game had been announced and now I’m sad. It sounds like Just Cause Without Guns, which is something I think I’d love.