Can the last one out please turn off the lights?
Update, July 31, 2019:
Just a quick reminder, as it’s been a couple of months since the news was announced: the Burnout Paradise online servers are being switched off tomorrow. If you need to grab any achievements or trophies, or just want to take the classic game out for one final spin, time is running out.
Original story, April 23, 2019:
Burnout Paradise, the classic racing game from Criterion Games, has had a good run. First released in 2008 to glowing reviews, the game has been a fan favourite – both in the series, and the genre in general – ever since.
Burnout Paradise is so beloved that it received a remaster for PC and current-gen consoles last year. But not Nintendo Switch, for some reason.
As with all good things, though, they must one day come to an end. For Burnout Paradise – the 2008 original, at least, not the remaster – that end is coming this summer. August 1st, 2019, to be more specific.
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
On that date, online servers for the original Burnout Paradise will go offline. You’ll no longer be able to play the original online. It’s yet another case in the ongoing battle that is digital preservation of online video games. It’s a thorny issue that we’re not expecting to see a solution to any time soon.
Still, at least we’ve got the Burnout Paradise remaster.