It looks like EA really is planning to bring back Criterion’s classic arcade racer Burnout, as a response to the failure of Need For Speed.
Just before Christmas there were unsubstantiated rumours of a Burnout Paradise remaster for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – a modern day update of the classic 2008 racer.
The game turned up on the release schedules of a local Brazilian retailer, with a release date of March 1. But with nothing else to go on there was no way to tell whether it was true or just wishful thinking.
But according to website Gematsu a similar listing has now appeared in Japan, with a March 16 release date and a price that works out at around £26.
On the one hand this seems unlikely, as EA has never been one for HD remasters and has in fact spoken out against them in the past.
But there’s always exceptions and considering how much of a critical and commercial disaster last year’s Need For Speed Payback was EA’s premier arcade racing franchise now seems to be dead in the water.
It’s easy to imagine EA might be eying up Burnout as a replacement, and would want to try and test the water first with a remaster.
The problem though, is that original developer Criterion no longer exist in the same form as they did when they made Paradise, with many of the staff either having left or been moved to Need For Speed developer Ghost Games.