Criterion Games have set a rough date (read – ‘February’) for the release of the PC iteration of their latest racing game. Branded the Burnout Paradise: The Ultimate Box (aping Valve there a little?), the game will arrive boxed with all the content currently released for the console versions along with the upcoming Party Pack.
They also confirm that a ‘Trial’ version of the game will be made available, essentially offering the complete package with a time-limit which can be removed by purchasing the full game, essentially offering an experience similar too that offered by Telltale Games episodic adventures (and will therefore sidestep the usual DRM miss-givings & whatnot).
Wholesale pasting of Criterion’s words under the guise of a ‘press release’ after the jump!
We’ve got exciting news about the first ever Burnout game for the PC, and we’re talking about it on today’s Crash TV.
Here’s what you already know.
Burnout Paradise™ The Ultimate Box will be arriving on PC in Feb 2009.
Like both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions, this product combines the original Burnout Paradise with all the incredible support content we’ve developed so far! That means our Cagney Pack update, the Bikes Pack and the forthcoming Party Pack are all included.
Here’s what you didn’t know – anyone will be able to trial the game for FREE.
When the full game’s released in Feb ’09, we want all our PC players to be sure it runs perfectly on their system, before they commit to buying it. We also love the game and feel confident that if you try it, you’ll want to sign up for more!
But there’s a lot of game to show you!
In Burnout Paradise, you’re free to explore a massive city, loaded with fun things to do and places to go. Pull up at any of the 120 junctions to start one of 5 event types – Burning Route, Marked Man, Stunt Run, Race and Road Rage. See if you can find the beach, quarry, dirt track and airfield playgrounds spread through our five boroughs. The city also morphs seamlessly into an online world anytime you want to hook up with your friends and cruise around beating challenges.
So rather than restricting what you can do, we’re letting you play through the start of the full game for a limited period.
That’s right, you can go anywhere in Paradise City and check out everything on offer.
Start in the Hunter Cavalry – a great all round car and unlock 2 more (the Hunter Mesquite and the Nakamura SI-7), as you progress through the events.
Choose from any event – just pull up at any of the 120 sets of lights and spin your wheels to trigger an event.
And it wouldn’t be Burnout Paradise without your friends enjoying the game right there with you, so the demo includes our freeform, seamless online play – Freeburn. Join up with friends and work together to beat challenges for up to 8-players.
Obviously, there’s a limit to just how much you can do and for how long, but we hope you’ll agree that there’s plenty there to give you glimpse of what the full game has to offer.
In Feb ’09, the demo will be available from www.criteriongames.com and www.ea.com, but we’ll also be distributing millions of disks. Once you’ve installed the demo, you don’t need the disk to play, so you’re free to share it around. To get the most out of the demo, try out Burnout Paradise online with your friends. We’ll bring you more info on where to obtain your FREE trial in the run up to the release in February.
And to make it nice and easy to upgrade to the full game, we’ve included a trial store within the game. There’s a lot more to our brand new store than this show shows. We’ll unveil our in-game store in a forthcoming episode of Crash TV.
Just hit the buy options to unleash the year’s greatest driving game and join the fun!