|I imagine incidents like this are a common sight|
in Crash City. Heck, that's probably how it got its name
And that speculation, as it turns out was spot on. Joystiq today, via the Australian Classification board, spotted a brief description of what, exactly, Burnout Crash is. According to the Classification board entry, Burnout Crash is "an action arcade style game set in the fictional world of Crash City." (So long, Paradise city!) The goal of game, the entry reads, is to "cause as much damage as possible to traffic and buildings by crashing a car into them." So now environmental destruction is being thrown into the mix, it seems.
With that in mind, it being a downloadable game rather than a retail release would certainly make sense. Crash mode always a small side-component for the Burnout series, albeit a hugely popular one. A downloadable release would better suit the more puzzle-oriented gameplay of that mode. Easier to develop, too, I'd imagine.
EA still hasn't officially confirmed its existence and hasn't yet responded to any press outlet's requests for comment, either. Current belief is that the announcement will take place at E3. Whatever the case, though, a crash mode focused Burnout definitely sounds awesome. It's been quite some time since the mode had any real strong presence in the series (its last real appearance being in Burnout Revenge back in '05). About time it made its grand return, and what better way than a game solely dedicated to it?
Sources: GameSpot, Joystiq