Burnout Developer Criterion Working on Game AAA Game With “Melee Combat”

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With news that a Burnout Paradise Remastered is hitting consoles very soon, some racing fans might be hoping that Burnout developer Criterion Games might be using it to build hype levels for a new entry in its revered racing franchise.

Well, I’m here to burst your bubble, folks! It seems not only will Criterion’s next game not be related to Burnout, but it won’t even be a racing game at all. In a job posting on its official site, Criterion has mentioned that it’s looking for a “Lead Combat Designer” to lead the design of combat within the “AAA title’ they’re making.

Applicants should be passionate about:

  • Game Feel
  • All types of combat in games but in particularly melee combat
  • Action and Action Adventure games
  • Physics and physicality in games
  • Working with teams across disciplines and crafts: engineering, art, audio, QA to name a few
  • The way we create: not doing things just because that’s the way we’ve done them before, understanding change is a necessary part of success
  • The people you work with: asking appropriate questions and being open to new solutions is key to you and the team’s development
  • Generous collaboration: a desire and inherent need to work with others to achieve great things, develop new ideas and truly innovate

Job duties include building combat systems, “challenge the status quo of action games to deliver best in class game feel.”

In case you want to apply, here’s some of the key competency the company is looking for:

  • Prior experience with designing animation based systems in a shipped game
  • A strong understanding of combat systems in games
  • The ability to thrive in cross discipline teams delivering world-class quality
  • Enthusiasm for working in our highly collaborative and friendly environment
  • Experience of leading the feature design process from prototype to final
  • Experience of working on AAA console or PC titles

Unless Burnout suddenly has an action-adventure combat element into it, I gather, Criterion’s next game won’t be anything racing-related at all. Then again, there are car combat games, and we’ve seen crazier game ideas from other studios, right?

Source: Criterion Games

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