After leaks from every corner of the globe, EA has finally confirmed its first-ever remaster is on the way. Burnout Paradise Remastered, an updated rerelease of the 2008 open-world racer, will arrive on consoles March 16th.
Included in the package is the base game and all add-ons released for the original, including the Big Surf Island DLC, which extended the drivable game world beyond the confines of Paradise City. In addition to unspecified “technical enhancements for greater visual fidelity” on all platforms, Burnout Paradise Remastered will also feature enhancements for Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, offering support for 4K visuals and 60 frames per second on those consoles.
You can check out the flashy new graphics in the announcement trailer below.
Though it’s not entirely clear, the press release makes it seem like like the game’s original developer, Criterion Games, is handling development duties on this remaster. Given the fact that the studio has mostly been relegated to supporting duties on Star Wars Battlefront following the cancellation of its extreme sports racing game, that’s a bit of surprise. It’s easy to imagine Burnout Paradise Remastered will serve as something of a test to see whether EA brings the series back with a brand new entry. Given that its other banner racing series, Need for Speed, hasn’t exactly set the world on fire as of late, a return to the more over-the-top antics of Burnout could help the publisher’s prospects in the racing space. Still, if Burnout does return, it’ll need to do so without some of the key creatives behind the series, as Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry departed Criterion in 2014 to found their own studio, Three Fields Entertainment. That company released a spiritual successor of sorts to Burnout’s crash mode called Danger Zone.
This announcement is also telling for the fact that it’s the first time EA has committed to a remaster of any title. The publisher famously expressed skepticism of the practice, though it’s walked that stance back somewhat in the years since. If it’s warmed up to the idea, the floodgates may open on a new wave of EA remasters. The Mass Effect series in particular seems ripe for a current-gen remaster, especially given the tepid reception of Mass Effect Andromeda, which was supposed to kick off a new era for the franchise.
Burnout Paradise Remastered releases March 16th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A PC version will be released through Origin sometime later this year.