It's not quite the new Burnout so many have been calling for, but Danger Zone will certainly scratch that itch.
Developer Three Fields, which was founded by Criterion founders Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry, will channel the popular Crash Mode from Criterion's later Burnout titles in a dedicated game in which players much cause as much carnage as possible.
The Danger Zone is a virtual Crash Testing Facility where players step into the shoes of a Crash Test driver and are challenged to survive a variety of spectacular crash testing scenarios,” the blurb says.
Powered by Unreal Engine, Danger Zone combines real physical crashes with explosive gameplay. Shunt vehicles into oncoming traffic, take down trailers to shed their payloads and use your explosive ‘SmashBreaker' to move your vehicle around. The more explosions you cause, the bigger your score.”
The game will feature 20 singleplayer scenarios and an online leaderboard. It will be released digitally for PS4 and PC, although there's not yet word on an Xbox release.
We are going back to our roots by creating a game in a genre we are truly passionate about,” Sperry said. Danger Zone takes what made the Crash Mode featured in 2004's Burnout 3: Takedown so popular and transforms it into an all-new car-crashing, arcade-style game. We look forward to engaging those same fans by delivering an entirely new and extremely fun experience.”
Danger Zone will be Three Fields' third title. Its first game, Dangerous Golf, arrived last year. In theme it's actually similar to Danger Zone, with players causing scenario specific damage, albeit with a golf ball as opposed to a family saloon.
It's second title, VR shooting gallery Lethal VR, was also released last year.