After over a decade since it original release, Criterion Games has announced that Burnout Paradise will have its servers shut down this coming August. The server shut down is set to impact the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions of the original game. Luckily, for fans of the game, a remastered version of the game released last year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and will be completely unaffected by the server shut down.
Burnout Paradise fans, after over 11.5 years of service, the servers for the original 2008 game will be closing on August 1st 2019. That affects Xbox 360, PS3 and PC versions. Offline play will still be available of course, and Burnout Paradise Remastered servers are unaffected.
— Criterion Games (@CriterionGames) April 17, 2019
While the servers will be shut down for the original version of the game, those who own it will still be able to play the game in all offline modes. Also, while the Xbox 360 version of the game is available on Xbox One through backwards compatibility, players still won’t be able to access online play if they try to play the game on the Xbox One. Criterion would also tweet out to thank fans for the decade of support.
Thanks to the lingering hardcore few for staying with us. You’ve got 106 days (or so) to finish all those barrel-roll challenges!
It makes sense that the servers for the original version of Burnout Paradise will be shut down. With the release of the remastered version last year, Electronic Arts probably wants to put all the weight in the new version of the game, and it would make sense to have all the playerbase on the current version.
Burnout Paradise isn’t the only racing game to have its sever shut down on the horizon. Recently, Sony announced that they will be delisting and shutting down the servers for Driveclub over the course of the next year.