Its hard to believe that the Burnout series has been around for 20 years now. The very first Burnout game was released back in ‘01 for the PlayStation 2, GameCube and Xbox and with Criterion Games is its developer. Criterion Games had basically worked on every major installment within the Burnout series and Electronic Arts has published every title from 2004 onwards. The last major Burnout game that EA had released was a remastered version of the Paradise title from ‘08. Burnout Paradise: Remastered was released worldwide back in ‘18 for the PS4 and the Xbox One. Aside from the Paradise Remastered game we got Burnout Crash! from ‘11 which appeared on the PS3, Xbox 360 and mobile devices. Even though, Burnout Crash! was arguably the weakest installment within the series it was not horrible by any means. The fact that Electronic Arts had never made another Burnout title outside of the Crash! game from ‘11 is baffling. The Burnout series is beloved by many gamers worldwide despite the decline in popularity of the arcade racing genre. It should also be noted that the Gran Turismo and Forza series are both nearly untouchable as far as mainstream popularity is concerned in relation to the racing genre of gaming.
However, the Burnout series still managed to appeal to both casual and hardcore fans of the racing genre within the past 20 years and still has a certain level appeal to it. As popular the Burnout series was during the 2000’s it seems like Electronic Arts has placed more time and focus on the Need For Speed franchise within the past decade or so. The best selling Burnout game was the Takedown title from ‘04 which reached over 2.3 million in sales. Burnout Paradise from 2008 sold less but still managed to reach over one million in sales. However, despite the fact that the Need For Speed series is not nearly as popular as it was during the early to mid 00’s; the best selling game within the series NFS: Underground 2 from ‘04-‘05 reached at least 11 million copies in worldwide sales. There is no question that the Need For Speed series is a bigger attraction than Burnout. It would still be nice if EA decided to put out another Burnout title for the PS5 and the Xbox Series X.