Burnout Paradise's servers are going dark after over a decade

Sad news, everyone: Burnout Paradise's servers, which have been online for over a decade, are finally going dark. On August 1, 2019, the brilliant, often-imitated yet rarely bested racing game from 2008 (technically 2009 on PC) will shut down its online servers for good. Another one bites the dust.

A decade-plus of life is pretty damn impressive for any online game—particularly an EA game, if we're being honest—but it's still hard not to be saddened a little at the thought of an aging game having its ticket punched. It will, at least, remain on our list of the best racing games on PC.

It's not all bad news, however. The game will still be playable offline, and the servers for Burnout Paradise Remastered, which launched on PC in 2018, will be unaffected.

Christopher Livingston
Staff Writer

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.