Burnout Paradise starts Party planning

Criterion Games cranks out more DLC for hit racer, but upcoming offline multiplayer mode won't come free; Ultimate Box brings add-ons to retail.


Ever since Burnout Paradise launched in January, developer Criterion Games has supported the game with a wealth of free downloadable content, adding in new gameplay modes, challenges, cars, changing weather patterns, nighttime driving, and motorcycles. Although the flow of DLC for the game will continue, it appears that the gravy train is pulling to a stop.

Burnout Paradise Party brightens up the game's visuals.
Burnout Paradise Party brightens up the game's visuals.

Electronic Arts and Criterion Games today revealed Burnout Paradise Party, the latest update to the game. The add-on will be available for purchase as downloadable content or at retail in Burnout Paradise The Ultimate Box, a new version of the original game that also includes all previously released updates.

Although the core game's multiplayer focus has always been online, Burnout Paradise Party is an offline party-game mode. Up to eight players will be able to compete against each other in dozens of short games ranging from time trials to stunt challenges. The Party add-on also overhauls the game's visuals to be brighter and more colorful. Criterion also announced the Burnout Paradise Network, which was vaguely described as a PlayStation 3-exclusive in-game browser and "social innovation."

Burnout Paradise The Ultimate Box will launch on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in February of 2009, alongside the downloadable version of the Party mode and the Burnout Paradise Network. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review of the original Burnout Paradise.

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