Burnout bikes stall 'til September

Burnout Paradise "Davis" update renamed "Bikes Pack," pushed back to next month.

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While downloadable content is now an established and even expected part of a game's release, Criterion's update plan for Burnout Paradise stands out as one of the most ambitious yet. When the game launched earlier this year, the developer promised a yearlong series of updates that would not only add significant new features to the open-world racer, but that would all be released for free.

Criterion has this week indicated that the third and largest update to the game has been delayed. The "Davis" release has now been renamed the "Bike Pack" and put back a month for release in September.

While Criterion's Web site still claims that Davis will be released in August 2008, a post by Jeremy Chubb, a producer at Criterion Games, on the Official PlayStation blog dated August 5, says that the update will now be arriving "next month."

The major additions in the Bike Pack include motorbikes and day and night cycles--both firsts for the Burnout series. There will also be 70 new challenges especially for the bikes, as well as a new dynamic weather update. According to Chubb's post, there will be two motorcycles immediately available within the Bike Pack, the FV1100 street bike and Firehawk racing model.

Chubb also said, "the most radical changes to Burnout since we began the series are coming this year," hinting at the upcoming Island update that will add an entirely new island to Paradise City. We contacted publisher EA games for a release date on both packs, but were told to "check the Criterion Web site for more information."

For more on Burnout Paradise, see our previous coverage of the game on the PS3, Xbox 360 and forthcoming PC version.

Discussion

71 comments
SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

Awesome awesome AWESOME!!! I so freaking love this game and all Criterion does for it.

Blanez90
Blanez90

darkside chooses, its only after the crash. there will be people on it while its driving. They ahd to keep the game at a E+10 somehow.

azafirster
azafirster

Oh man... i was just about to buy this game.... hmm should or should't i.

husainml
husainml

for get this ,there is a new game of burnout coming out only for bike racing and its named Burnout Bikes ...u dont belive me check out ign.com

darkSIDEechoes
darkSIDEechoes

So are we going to be riding bikes with no one sitting on it? Gonna look great...

shadowolf_12
shadowolf_12

Sounds like a great update! I guess better late then never

rayamoyito
rayamoyito

WTF NOO!! TILL SEPTEMBER!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR BIKES AND NIGHT!!!

Darkblyth
Darkblyth

NOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

racerx737
racerx737

I had no idea about these updates, they sound amazing! I ant wait til I get back to school and get LIVE working so I can download these. I am honestly amazed that they are free. Go Criterion!

Amir29
Amir29

Wow!!! I didn't even know about these updates. Burnout got so repetitive for me that I just stop playing it. Looks like I'll have to dust it off tonight and get back into the mix :)

FuZionDCA
FuZionDCA

You won't be seeing rag dolls (At least not in this pack, who knows what they plan in the future) & from what I know, the main reason is the rating. Once rag dolls come into it, the game will have to go through a rating to accomodate the depiction of people getting battered to a pulp. From the videos out there, they look like they're done a good job of almost 'covering' up the fact that the biker isn't there anymore.

kiaba13
kiaba13

God I can't wait to see how the bikes turn out.

raverrozza
raverrozza

big daddy thats a good point. ragdoll would be great. but burnout has always left out people to try and make the game seem less violent and detract the connection between crashes from hurting people. lete hope they ditch that idea!

RiceCake
RiceCake

sweeeeeeet. Awesome game

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

That is so cool! Please be ragdoll people!

lostboy85
lostboy85

well putting it off another could mean that A. tweaks and other portions need completing. or B. they haven't started on the 360 version and want to release them at the same time. Either way I'm happy they are releasing this at all.

ocdog45
ocdog45

i still play this game just because they want to continue to add DLC and keep us playing. one of the few games now a days that has true replay value.

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

imo criterion is this years best dev. with all their free updates they're giving out and how they incorporated the ps3 trophies so quickly. also that they made an excellent great looking game for 2 consoles with no differences between them

Kickass1313
Kickass1313

hopefully this delay is because their concentrating on bringing out the trophys this month.

Finn6969
Finn6969

so good to see dl content free, im so sick of being ripped off for extras that should have been free

ivanfred
ivanfred

taino1128: Free? Now that's customer service. That might actually help the game sell more. ========================= Yup, and the fact that Amazon.com and J &R Music World are selling it for 30 bucks should encourage more people to buy it.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I want the update, but I can wait

rey1294
rey1294

that sux. i wish it wont be delayed anymore.

Chainblast
Chainblast

"This is 8 months after the game launched for christ's sake. I don't even care anymore. What a missed opportunity..." You completely missed the point, which was, to add-to and change the game after the fact. To breathe new life into the product and keep it fresh and interesting; instead of the standard **** and chuck system largely dominating the industry. You obviously don't, but myself and so many others are revelling the in the fact such a great game continues to grow and change 8 months after it first released. And for free no less.

MatrixSpidey92
MatrixSpidey92

Now how about a controllabe CAMERA SYSTEM?!?!?! Everytime MY CAR FLIPS OR CRASHES, I CANT SEE IT HAPPEN!!!!!! PLEASE MAKE A CAM SYSTEM WHERE YOU CAN SLOW DOWN YOUR WRECK JUST LIKE Crashtime aftertouch!! Please!! Criterion!!

Riprock
Riprock

Major kudos to Criterion! If only more companies would do the same - it helps build a loyal fan-base. As for achievements... if Oblivion Shivering Isles is any example, then the new Island for Paradise City would have it's own set of achievements, up to 250. A standard release can have no more than 1000, and any expansion can have no more than 250. So I doubt the Island expansion will directly effect any of the existing achievements. And it was these FREE updates that convinced me to buy Burnout Paradise only a short time ago. BTW, I managed to find the last billboard last night all by myself (no help) as I explored the city. Only have 7 more smashes to go. Seems I'm lost in paradise, and thoroughly enjoying it. Can't wait for the bikes.

ctg867
ctg867

There are some things like the bug fixes and some of the online challenges and what not that I like having as an update since so many developers don't take the time to do it. But if they would taken a pack with the new cars and paint jobs they released with the recent Cagney update, along with this new bikes, night races, and weather effects, and put it in a $5-$10 DLC pack, but they actually got it out in a reasonable time from the game's launch, I would of bought it. This is 8 months after the game launched for christ's sake. I don't even care anymore. What a missed opportunity...

NND1
NND1

Nice too bad I just traded burnout for S-O-U-L--C-A-L-I-B-U-R--- I would rather do the bikes in MSR though...

moose3469
moose3469

Now that's how you do DLC! Take notes people.

joshua6775
joshua6775

This is a shining example of how to do right by your fanbase. I love BP, I still play it religously and cannot wait for these DLC upgrades. Kudos, Criterion studios.

planetgloom
planetgloom

Fair play to Critereon for treating gamers so well. I never bought BP but with all these cool FREE updates, I may pick up copy this week. Hard to beleive there owned by EA, lol!!

LausDomini
LausDomini

I have 399/400 smashes and 119/120 billboards as of right now so it would be nice to know if a new island would affect those achievements. Although of course I hope to find the last ones soon.

thewolf619
thewolf619

Chimpman, you need to read the article again, this update is FREE!!. :) Love the Cagney Pack and can't wait for this one. Just an awesome job by Criterion.

VenomRitual
VenomRitual

free update thing is amazing. see here's a developer that understands that customers shouldn't have to buy maps, or small expansions. it should be free. ty Criterion

digitalgawd
digitalgawd

just bought this game a couple days ago when the price dropped to 29.99 new, awesome game, and with these updates its only going to get better

Chimpman_Z
Chimpman_Z

Why don't they just scrap the "putting bikes in a car game" idea altogether and make a Road Rash style game? Rather than charging you $5 or $10 bucks for DLC (which is IMO always a band-aid or a superfluous afterthought), they can charge you $59.99 for a whole new game. Some of us don't like bikes in our car games or vice versa. How did that work out in the PG series? Just food for thought.

vix
vix

The new island will likley have gates and all that suff as it's a new island. The stats simply change and get updated to reflect the new numbers. New events and such as well. Races, etc. I wish this update was coming out sooner though, Cagney didn't hold my attention for that long.

TheGibsonSG
TheGibsonSG

I don't get how the new island is going to work. They can't put billboards, smashes, or super jumps in it. So will it just be a plain place in Paradise. Also, I love Criterion, one of the best developers on the market

HokieFan86
HokieFan86

wow a lot of games have been pushed back this year. Like Alone in the Dark, EA's Battlefield Heros and now this. CRAZY

ElementalFire
ElementalFire

Gamespot needs to get its facts straight. The night-time/weather cycles update will be free (Davis), but the Bikes will cost Moolah, probably $5.

torchzack
torchzack

I was told this and the update after are both going to cost, i would have thougth so with such a radical update to the game.