Burnout Paradise's last-gen servers will be shutting down this August after being open for nearly twelve years.
The gaming industry seems to be building towards the release of the PlayStation 5 and the successor to the Xbox One, but there are still some people who own a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 and enjoy the games available on those platforms.
Fans of the original version of Burnout Paradise on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 will soon be unable to enjoy the game online, as EA has announced on the official Facebook page for the game that it is shutting down the servers after almost twelve years of operation.
The servers for Burnout Paradise will be shutting down on August 1, 2019, which means that players still have a few months to try and earn any lingering achievements or just enjoy the online modes of the game for one last time.
The server changes will not affect Burnout Paradise Remastered, which is available for PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Players who still want to enjoy Burnout Paradise on an older system will be better served by purchasing Burnout Paradise Remastered going forward.
The single-player content in the original version of Burnout Paradise will still function normally after the server shutdown, as will all of the single player DLC content that has been purchased for the game.
Burnout Paradise is one of many older games that is losing its online functionality over time. It's hard to fault EA for shutting down the servers for a game with such a small fanbase, especially since there is a remastered version of the game that is retaining its online functionality for the foreseeable future.
It's a shame that older games and systems stop receiving online support over time. This has led some fans to try and create their own private servers in order to keep specific MMOs alive. It's just a reality of business that a game will eventually lose its fanbase and the online mode will stagnate, so it doesn't make sense to maintain an online infrastructure for a game that hardly anyone is playing.
The servers for Burnout Paradise for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 will shut down on August 1, 2019.