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Burnout team drops its 'Beyond Cars' game to work on Star Wars instead

Criterion's "biggest game ever" isn't happening

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Criterion Games' "Beyond Cars" project, the multi-vehicle action sports concept it unveiled at E3 2014, is no longer in development according to a report from GameSpot. The developer has "moved on," publisher Electronic Arts said in a statement.

"Beyond Cars" was something of a successor to Criterion's Burnout franchise. Instead of cars, the action sports game was pitched as featuring a variety of playable vehicles, including ATVs, helicopters, jet skis and boats. The first-person game was said to have been inspired by GoPro-style action footage from extreme sports athletes and was purportedly "the biggest game Criterion's ever made."

Criterion is currently co-developing the Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission with DICE for PlayStation VR. The title will be free for everyone who owns Star Wars Battlefront on PlayStation 4. Criterion is also experimenting with new intellectual property, according to GameSpot's report.

To see what "Beyond Cars" could have been, check out EA's teaser trailer above, which features prototype footage of the racing action game.

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