Original Burnout Paradise’s Servers Are Shutting Down

Remember 2008? 2008 was a great year for games, with the likes of GTA IV, Dead Space and Fallout 3 all hitting the shelves.

One of 2008’s best titles was the iconic Burnout Paradise, the open world racing video game that everyone loved to love.

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Even in 2019 the game still has a decent amount of players and fans, but it looks like it’s the end of the road for Burnout Paradise.

In a post on the official Criterion Games Twitter, the company confirmed that the game’s servers will shortly be shutting down, writing: “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.

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“Thanks to the lingering hardcore few for staying with us. You’ve got 106 days (or so) to finish all those barrel-roll challenges!”

While most players are lamenting the end of the online portion of the game, others are turning the news into a debate about the perils of developers using online servers.

“Reason #47,748,889 why tying ANYTHING to a company’s servers (achievements, unlockables, game access, etc) is the worst thing you could ever do to your game,” tweeted one user.

Unfortunately, there’s some in-game unlockables that will be gone forever once the servers shut down.

But hey, you’ve had nearly 12 years to complete those challenges.

The game, which currently has a 9/10 rating on Steam, will be sorely missed when those online servers shut down. But hey, we’ll always have the memories, right?

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One user tweeted their thanks for the game, writing: “Paradise was my first PS3 game and I played it for 18 months straight I made a good friend on that game and we still partner up 11 years on. I visited Criterion in Guilford and tried out the bikes and Island before release. THANK YOU! for everything and good luck for the future.”

Thank you, Criterion Games!

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