EA’s poorly kept secret is out - Burnout Paradise Remastered will be coming to consoles on March 16th. It includes all of the content from the original game plus eight packs of DLC, including the Big Surf Island expansion. Burnout Paradise Remastered is the same high octane open-world racing but this time with high-resolution textures, 60 frames per second, and 4K support on Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. It’ll be priced at a rather steep £34.99 / $39.99.
The remastered version of Burnout Paradise is also coming to PC via Origin later in the year, including the Big Surf Island add-on for the first time. Aside from Big Surf, it’s difficult to see where the value is for PC gamers when the original can already be picked up for pennies.
“When people think of Criterion Games, they often remember the Burnout franchise and for good reason. What we created 10 years ago, we feel is still fun and unique to this day in the gaming industry,” said Matt Webster, general manager at Criterion Games. “Burnout Paradise is an arcade racer built to provide players the thrill of racing with their friends, in a free-form way that was both seamless and immersive, but also a little crazy with all the different stunts and crashes players could pull off. With the release of this remaster, we’re able to share this action-packed ride with a whole new generation of players.”
EA has previously said it wasn’t interested in, and had no time for, remasters, but something’s obviously changed. We suspect Burnout Paradise Remastered is a way for EA to dip its toe in the water and gauge how much interest there still is in the franchise. After the last two Need For Speed games fell flat on their face, there is the distinct possibility that EA could shift gears and make Burnout its prominent racing series.
To my mind, Burnout Paradise is possibly the weakest game in the series, I think the open-world really didn’t help it compared to the focused track designs of the previous entries. At least Burnout is back in some form though, so perhaps there’s life in the old dog yet.
Anybody tempted to pick up Burnout Paradise Remastered, or is this a non-starter on PC? Do you think this means more Burnout games could be on the way? Let us know!