Burnout is one of those legendary franchises that is hard to not like. Over a decade ago, people excitedly anticipated where EA and Criterion would take the franchise with its excellent game design and ideas. Back in 2008, the studios brought us Burnout Paradise, the last main installment in the beloved franchise before the series went quiet. Now, we could be seeing a resurgence for Burnout with the reveal of the long-rumored remaster of Burnout Paradise for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
The game will feature high-resolution textures and higher graphical fidelity, on top of 4K resolution and 60fps on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X, although it likely won't be native 4K in the former. The remaster will sell for $39.99, with EA Access members being able to play the game on March 9. The game launches for everyone else on March 16.
“When people think of Criterion Games, they often remember the Burnout franchise and for good reason. What we created 10 years ago is as fun and unique today as it was back then. Burnout Paradise is an open-world arcade racer built to provide players the thrill of racing with their friends, in a free form way that’s both seamless and immersive," said Criterion Games General Manager Matt Webster. "Featuring Criterion’s trademark speed and destruction with awesome stunts and spectacular crashes. With the release of this remaster, we’re able to share this action-packed ride and innovate online vehicle play with a whole new generation of players.”
The last time we saw anything from the Burnout franchise was in 2011 with the spinoff title Burnout Crash. Hopefully Burnout Paradise is a test to get fans interested in the franchise again and revive it in a big way. We have to wait and see where EA and Criterion go with the franchise, but for now, we can look forward to a beloved game with plenty of content to keep you busy.