Criterion red-lights Burnout Paradise DLC

EA studio confirms it has no more plans to release add-ons for crash derby racer; bundle pricing news coming next month.


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Criterion Games set the gold standard for downloadable content following the release of its crash derby-meets-street racer Burnout Paradise in 2008. Following the game's release, the EA-owned British studio released a string of high-quality add-ons, ranging from new game modes and challenges to cars and motorcycles a day-and-night cycle. Better yet, all of the add-ons released during the year were completely free.

Nearly three years after the game's launch, Criterion has confirmed that it has finished making DLC for the game. "Please stop asking us for Burnout Paradise DLC," the developer said this week through its Twitter feed. "There will be no more! Sorry everyone! But we did WAY more than everyone else…"

The new DLC was good while it lasted.
The new DLC was good while it lasted.

The last round of DLC to arrive for Burnout Paradise came in June 2009 with the release of Big Surf Island. Described by the team as "the culmination of everything we learned creating Paradise City," the add-on pack expanded the city with a new island full of obstacles and challenges. Unlike the 2008 offerings, though, Big Surf Island, along with more than a dozen other add-ons, carried a price tag.

However, those price tags will apparently soon be following. Criterion said today through its Twitter feed that it would soon be introducing new DLC bundle pricing soon. The studio plans to offer additional details next month.

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i know they are making one hopefully its as good as paradise is and as revolutionary as burnout 3 and still free roam

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how bout more info bunout6

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only thing thats bugging me to play this is.. NO EXPLOSIONS!! unlike Burnout : Dominator, on psp, there are booms there, but ITS STILL THE best game on e3 2008, and my favourite car game

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i still want some of the cars. but i remember staying up for big surf. i am glad criterion knew how to make a game and support it and keep the carnage original and extremely fun!

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Big Surf Island for PC, please

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Still the single greatest supported game in recent times. I am happy and grateful to them for what they've done. On top of the fact that EA must have been screaming bloody murder each time they released free DLC. Thank God it wasn't an Activision game, Kotick would have come to our houses personally demanding money.

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It had to end sometime, (Burnout Paradise DLC) but it was heck-of-a ride while it lasted. I mean some game companies tiles could go on forever with DLC with titles like these: GTA HALO MADDEN COD come to mind quickly... What's not to love about the whole DLC concept?!.. UNLESS: DEVELOPERS PURPOSELY OMIT CONTENT; In order to make a few shekels more from us-later. (I've wonderd about aloud about the Halo developers motives, with their "map" DLC) (I hope the marketing gurus read this because I will not buy from these type of scammer/scummer developers) That was not the case with this offering, (Burnout Paradise) IMO however. Game on BEE--ATCHS

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lol so do i that sux tho how they'r not making any more dlc.

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Oh, my bad. Wow. I really want to play Burnout Paradise right now.

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No, I mean the full DLC pack mentioned up there, with everything on it. Not the Ultimate Box.

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@salsa911 The DLC is already out. This story is about how there isn't anymore coming. It's really too bad, since Paradise is such a great game.

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Yes! I'll probably get the DLC pack when it comes out. I love Burnout Paradise.

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I just got back into Burnout Paradise, and it seriously may be one of the best racing games I've ever played. Hopefully they're working on a new one.

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Burnout Paradise 2 please!!

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burnout was a great game but i think im done with it. i have other games to waste my time on now.

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jsje1023: I totally agree, the Crash mode was my favorite part about Burnout 3/Revenge.. I rented Paradise and gave it a shot but without Crash it just wasn't worth it for me

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good, can they focus on making Black 2 now?

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$19.99 for ALL of the DLC and $29.99 for the game AND DLC would be a smart idea. I already have Burnout downloaded onto my hard drive. I don't have any of the paid DLC. I would buy a $19.99 bundle to support the developers.

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aww. They did good though. Big Surf Island is one of the best DLC packs I've ever bought. Hopefully this means that they're working on Burnout 6 now right?

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Oh well, they already made heaps. I just hope they make a good sequal, and don't just give up on Burnout altogether.

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why did they take away the crash junctions though......that was one of the coolest parts of the Burnout series......bring it back for the next instalment or I won't be buying.

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I'm already satisfied with the amount of DLC they gave...

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Haha - Criterion can't keep a promise!

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Well, I guess this means a new Burnout should be released sometime next year.... Right?

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The support they showed for Burnout was amazing, and something that other developers should take as an example of how to handle a game after it is released.

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dont worry sleepy chicken criterion have taken over development of the NFS series and are planning on revolutionising it, I take that statement as "expect crashes and real cars with a crazy amount of car damage a plenty!" speaking of which who remembers the rumors about burnout paradise having the ability to get your car torn in half? that would be an awesome fetaure!

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paradise had some major DLC support. more games need follow the example they set. Must DLC the comes out these days just isnt worth it but big surf island was huge.

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Burnout Paradise is amazing and Gamespot fails for saying 3 years when BP has been out for 2 years

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Don't see why NFS can't have just about as much damage as Burnout. GRID has licensed cars and look at what you can do to those. Developers blaming poor crash damage in their games on manufacturers is bunk after that game.

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@Jack: You do realize that Criterion is moving on from the Burnout Series for now to follow up on what EA wants to salvage... the Need for Speed series. Proof is in the pudding my friend, and man is it some really good pudding! << LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'm pretty sure... Criterion is going to do a fantastic job on rebooting the N4S series or at least get it up and walking from the dead state N4S is in. @InsertwittyID: Ever since Most Wanted... you literally have been able to have some damage (not super of course) With Black and Burnout under Criterion's belt of being pretty great selling games, EA may even loosen their own belt to let them do what they want. I'm pretty sure EA would love to see their money earned back from all the awful NFS games they put out after Most Wanted*... *Fan of Most Wanted, so please don't kill me. Liked the cop chases and overall rush of the racing and challenges (reminiscent of N4S Hot Pursuit series, which I loved the Cop chases). Everything there after sucked IMO.

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I seriously hope that they make another Burnout. I'm sure that their Need for Speed game will be great, but since NfS has licensed vehicles, I seriously doubt that they would get away with the amount of destruction that happens in the Burnout series.

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The game was badass though. Unlocking the sportbikes was fun then I could ride them like a maniac around paradise city.

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wow... i'm glad that they are making a new game, but i finished the pc bundle in 3 weeks (100%) had alot of fun and was excited about the dlc big surf island... but they never released it for pc... i hope they do with a new bundle or something, before they get to into creating the new game.

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"Nearly three years after the game's launch."'s been two. Good to know that a new Burnout is on its way. Hopefully Criterion will be around by the time it's finished. There's only so much Paradise you can take before you want a completely new game.

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That's a shame... although it was kind of a given what with no DLC since Summer, heh. Either way, Criterion made one top notch title with a nice assortment of free and premium content. Certainly one of the few developers, IMO, to be doing DLC right this generation... take note Capcom, LucasArts and Gearbox.

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Guess that means it's time to start work on the next Burnout, assuming they aren't too busy with the next Need for Speed, that is

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Sounds like a good time for a new Burnout... the DLC is good and I'm hoping they bundle or lower the price on some of these overpriced add-ons. The game itself is definitely worth the $20 plus the free content.

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Free? BS the legendary car pack was nearly $10. Most of the other car packs(which are add-ons) also had price tags on them.

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All I want to hear about now is the next Burnout game. I was disappointed by Paradise.

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I'm just going guess that the next Burnout is closeer!:)

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I hope they release a new version of Paradise in stores with all the currently available DLC.

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I need a bagel car, I mean c'mon a car in the shape of a bagel...ADD IT

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Sad Panda :( Unless they are working on the next Burnout. :)

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No boats or airplanes??? C'mon, just a little more.

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They sucked this game dry

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Time to bring out the next Burnout :)

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@Console_Gamer93, while it is a very good deal, i think orange box is the best deal on the market. And I got that new for 20$ a long time ago.

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This game is worth so much more than 20$. Probably the best deal this gen.

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Will that bundle mean Big Surf Island for the PC version? Here's to hoping.

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Good, maybe I can catch up to all of that now, as I bought the game late in it's release.