Electronic Arts today has announced its first-ever game remaster with Burnout Paradise Remastered, launching on March 16th for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This fan-favourite blockbuster racer from Criterion Games invites players to wreak havoc and unleash automotive anarchy once more in the world of Paradise City.
Burnout Paradise Remastered includes the original base game and eight add-on packs released during the ‘Year of Paradise,’ including the extension to the drivable world with Big Surf Island, over 100 cars, and ten additional tracks to enjoy full of extra challenges and goodies. There’s also a range of technical enhancements too, including greater visual fidelity with “high resolution textures” so players can enjoy Paradise City in 4K resolution at 60fps on the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro.
Those on the base Xbox One and PS4 hardware can enjoy Burnout Paradise Remastered at 1080p resolution, and presumably 30fps. EA hasn’t specified whether base hardware will benefit from the increased framerate as seen on the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. Whilst Criterion Games are the folks behind the ten-year old version of this classic racer, the remaster has been developed by Stellar Entertainment. Rumours of a Burnout Paradise remaster first circuled the internet in January, so the news isn't completely surprising either.
“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,” said Matt Webster, General Manager at Criterion Games. “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.”
"Featuring Criterion’s trademark speed and destruction with awesome stunts and spectacular crashes," he continued. "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.”
There will also be no ‘Time Saver Pack’ in Burnout Paradise Remastered, which allowed players to unlock all vehicles in the original game. Multiplayer is retained however and will allow up to four players to smash through traffic with friends and compete for destruction dominance. There’s also the full original soundtrack, and over 150 cars and bikes to enjoy.
The remaster will be available for $39.99 when it launches on March 16th on Xbox One and PS4 consoles. It will also be available “later this year” on EA’s Origin platform for PC, which will bring the Big Surf Island add-on to PC for the first time ever. EA Access members will also get to enjoy Burnout Paradise Remastered before its worldwide launch from March 9th, 2018 with the 10-hour Play First Trial. They will also enjoy a 10% discount if they choose to purchase the game.
No matter which vehicle you choose, Paradise City allows you to tear it up in Criterion’s fan-favourite open-world driving playground. Race across hectic downtown avenues all the way up to the wild mountain roads and relive the high-octane stunts and wanton destruction that Burnout series has become synonymous with. The original action racing thriller is back with everything you remember, but now it’s in jaw-dropping 4K resolution at 60FPS with high resolution texture assets. You can’t complain about that!
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