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Free Burnout Bike DLC Hits Next Week

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Developer Criterion Games today announced that the next free Burnout Paradise DLC pack, an update marked by the addition of motorcycles to the game, will be released next Thursday, September 18. A full list of what's coming, provided by Criterion:
  • Pick from 2 motorcycles featuring male or female characters and start on a whole new progression to earn your Bike License.
  • 38 new against-the-clock race events - Burning Ride and Midnight Ride.
  • A brand new in-game 24 hr day / night cycle that impacts traffic density and available events. (It's fully customisable - you can make it day/night/change the clock speed - it's up to you.)
  • Dynamic weather brings an all-new look to Paradise City
  • And if that's not enough, we've got 70 more Freeburn Challenges too

Freeburn is Burnout's uninterrupted drop-in / drop-out online play. It's a cool collaborative experience, so it's all about hanging out with your friends, messing around in vehicles while racing, pulling tricks and crashing in a massive open world city.

If 350 fun, co-operative challenges aren't enough to keep you and your friends occupied, the Bike Pack throws a further 70 to the mix. These bike-exclusive challenges are split 50:50 between regular challenges and timed, against-the-clock challenges for those that enjoy a little more intensity.

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    September 12, 2008 4:44 PM

    why is Microsoft allowing this to be free?

    I ask since other developers, like Valve for example use that as an excuse for not bringing free updates to TF2, that Microsoft won't let them

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      September 12, 2008 5:13 PM

      Yeah, I'd like to know too.

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      September 12, 2008 5:18 PM

      thats a good question

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      September 12, 2008 5:23 PM

      Probably because Criterion has continually provided strong sales numbers for their Xbox/Xbox 360 games and Microsoft's relationship with EA. Microsoft has a history of letting EA support their Xbox 360 games how they want - they let EA use their own servers, etc.

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      September 12, 2008 5:38 PM

      I've guessed it's because they are giving it away free on the PS3, so Microsoft really has no choice in the matter. The PS3 was the lead dev platform on this game and so far has received the updates first.

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        September 14, 2008 4:39 AM

        That kind of policy seems like a disincentive for developing with the Xbox as a target.

        No free add-ons for Xbox.
        Pay extra for extra discs on Xbox.

        Developers will just start doing their PS3 version first and putting on their best poker face when it comes to letting Microsoft cripple the Xbox version of their game.

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