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Burnout Paradise – Codename: Cagney update is live

Simon Phipps's Avatar + Posted by Simon Phipps on Jul 10, 2008 // Designer, Criterion Games

Wow! Week #3 for Criterion Games on the PlayStation Blog!

Week #1 we set the blog alight with details of the new game modes coming to Burnout Paradise in the Codename: Cagney update.
(And mentioned 1080i support for those who have HD TVs that only support that mode!)

Week#2 we talked about the Timed Challenges coming to Burnout Paradise in the Codename: Cagney update. (And broke the news that we’re supporting PlayStation Trophies retroactively in Burnout Paradise at some point, too!)

This week…

Well, we’re pleased to announce that Codename: Cagney – the FREE update game of changing content for Burnout Paradise is here!

To get it – just put your Burnout Paradise disk into your PlayStation 3, launch the game and it’ll download automatically.

It’s that easy – and it’s all FREE – new online game modes, new vehicles and a stack of enhancements and fixes to make playing Burnout Paradise even better.

But even with all that there’s more – there’s the Game’s new Live Page, which is the thing we’re really excited about and want to let you know about this week.

Burnout Paradise - Live Page

The Live Page does two cool things:

First, it serves up news about the game – so that’s news about updates and the kind of stuff you’d expect on criteriongames.com, but it’s also news about what’s happening in the game – so, expect to find news about what you’ve done in Paradise City as well as about what’s happening online, like when we hit the 100 millionth crash, for example.

Secondly (and this is the really, really cool bit), it’s where we can, using the Game Calendar, create what we’re calling ‘Live Broadcast Gameplay’. This is how it works:

If you check out the Game Calendar, you’ll see certain dates on it are ringed. These represent ‘Live Events’ that will occur on that day. In the news panel on the Live Page there’ll be a corresponding story telling you about what’s happening on those days.

So, for example:

Saturday 12th July 2008 – Prize Cars Weekend
Where for one day, if you go online we’ll let you try out all of the Carbon and XS Cars (that are normally available only when you complete the offline game) for you to test drive in races and Freeburning.

As this shows – it really allows us to mix up the game, and we’ve got a schedule packed with cool events that stretch out through the summer.

This breaks down as:

  • Test Drive Tuesdays
    Every Tuesday, we’re going to mix things up online by focusing the game around a specific set of cars. For a whole day, your online junkyard will look radically different. This coming week (Tuesday 15th July 2008) will see only Speed Boost cars online.
  • Face Off Thursdays
    Every Thursday, we’re going to mix up racing (both ranked and unranked.) Everyone’s junkyard will be as normal, but in races we’ll supply a certain set of cars to race in. This will really level the playing field in racing.
  • The other great thing about Live Events is that it allows us to award our players with all kinds of cool stuff. So, starting in a few weeks’ time:

    Graduation Weekends
    In these, we’ll let you try out new cars and new liveries for a whole weekend. Over the course of the weekend, you’ll be able to test drive our vehicle of choice, and if you want to keep it, then we’ll set up an online challenge for you to complete.

    The first such event will be our “Mount Olympus” event in which you’ll get to test drive the new Hunter Olympus, and, if you win an Online Road Rage event in it, you’ll get to keep it forever.

    We’ll be running multiple Graduation Weekends that will introduce even more vehicles and for those players who participate in all of them, there’ll be a special prize.

    So there you go – more exciting and innovative stuff from Criterion Games. Now, let’s see what we can come up with for Week #4!

    //Add Your Own

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    + kowaitie on July 12th, 2008 at 8:07 am said:

    error (FFFFFFFB)
    To solve the problem
    settings > network settings > check media server connection
    if it enabled disable it


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    + Pohlio on July 12th, 2008 at 1:42 pm said:

    so wait then if there are people who are not able ot play a gration prize(?)event then there will be people who wont be able to get the new cars??


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    + Pohlio on July 12th, 2008 at 1:43 pm said:

    graduation pize*


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    + Pohlio on July 12th, 2008 at 2:32 pm said:

    note: i dont really care but ur timer on ur web site was an hour fast im guessing b/c playstation has to put up the update not you


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    + EViD on July 12th, 2008 at 7:01 pm said:

    Thanks Criterion for such tremendous effort. I love the idea for Graduation Weekends but I’m not sure I’m skilled enough to win an Online Road Rage event :(

    Keep up the fantastic work.


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    + NetheRealm on July 12th, 2008 at 9:40 pm said:

    The hassle of Custom Soundtracks. Since Sony did the XMB access & in-game music the way they did with 2.4, instead of playing BurnOut I am spending the next few days copying my 10,000 song AAC music library 1 GB at a time from my PS3 to my Walkman then transferring them to my PC then Converting them with Itunes from AAC 64bit to MP3 64 bit which takes about 3 hours per 500 files then I must retransfer them all back to PS3 from PC using TVersity which will probably take another hour per 500 files so maybe by the end of the week I’ll finally have customized soundtracks in BurnOut because for some reason although SuperstardustHD’s customized soundtracks plays AAC just fine apparently Criterion decided everyone should just use MP3s which also have worse sound quality than AAC at the same bitrate so I have to give up sound quality or leave a lot of songs off my PS3 or I’ll fill up the harddrive. By only allowing it to work with MP3s Criterion effectively decided that AAC (ipod format) & WMA are useless on PS3s. Cmon u guys how much more work could it have taken to allow AAC & WMA? Seriously couldn’t be as much work as I & everyone else who wasn’t using mp3 now has to do removing transferring & converting our entire libraries. So thanks for that major pain in the ass. Otherwise Cagney is cool except that now I’ll never finish the old challenges because every freeburn challenge game I join everyone is only doing the 70 new timed challenges and that pisses me off.


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    + elprimodebklyn96 on July 12th, 2008 at 10:33 pm said:

    man damn i really wish i was home right now in brooklyn playin burnout, too bad im in florida because it seems like it has no freakin wireless internet and the wired ones dont work too man dag i hate florida 4 that. criterion u just added another reason why i want to go back home oh well ill have to wait till the end of july then


    158

    + RatchetFanatic on July 12th, 2008 at 11:30 pm said:

    i like how criterion is still supporting this game. especially on PS3. hehe.


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    + Onna76_NL on July 13th, 2008 at 5:49 am said:

    EZCheez | July 11th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Onna76_NL

    I’m having this problem with music that is already installed on my HDD. Only my music that was copied in the mp3 format works in-game. What’s even stranger is that it seems to be game specific. All of my music plays in High Velocity Bowling just fine.

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    That’s indeed strange. Are these files non MP3′s? Could be right, it really depends on the fact what kind of option the developer puts open for you, to which kind of music files you’re able to play.

    I can convert all of my music. I just really didn’t want to have to go that route, considering how long it would take.

    EZCheez | July 11th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Onna76_NL

    Oh and one more thing. The reason I have different formats is because I rip my CD’s on my computer rather than the PS3. It kills two birds with one stone because I want it on my computer too, and then I just transfer music to my PS3 with a flash drive.

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    You can do the other way around as well, by copying your music from the PS3 HDD to a flash card and then your PC. What you also can do is do media sharing. Not sure if you can then copy music to your PC but it sure works the other way around.

    Also… if I’m not mistaken, WMP can copy songs in MP3 files not necessary in WMA.


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    + Onna76_NL on July 13th, 2008 at 5:51 am said:

    Here and there somewhat messy in my message, sorry about that… should have read it through before posting it :-D


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    + Pohlio on July 13th, 2008 at 8:53 am said:

    netherealm is right y do the song have 2 be in mp3 format??


    162

    + ProroK on July 13th, 2008 at 11:25 am said:

    Sooo.. i always was a big big bIIIG fan of burnout games, i bought Paradise, i played for 2 days and abandoned the game, but not because it was bat, in fact it was hilarious, but i just couldn’t play on my 26 inch SD CRT tv, i couldn’t see jack sh*t when i drove my car, i lost dozens of events and races because i just couldn’t see other cars or turns… now (little bit of boasting) ive got my 52 inch full hd bravia, first thing i did i fired up the game and i was happiest man on earth, i could see everything, i could beat every turn i could evade every car, awesome.. so guys i cant wait for Davis update, and this “planes” thing ? are you freakin insane :D or maybe its just a crazy rumor :D seriously if you can implement PLANES into burnout you can do just about anything.. >,,<

    so guys is there really no way you could do something about it in next few updates ?? i mean it, i think many players would be enormously happy about this.


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    + ProroK on July 13th, 2008 at 11:25 am said:

    Sooo.. i always was a big big bIIIG fan of burnout games, i bought Paradise, i played for 2 days and abandoned the game, but not because it was bat, in fact it was hilarious, but i just couldn’t play on my 26 inch SD CRT tv, i couldn’t see jack sh*t when i drove my car, i lost dozens of events and races because i just couldn’t see other cars or turns… now (little bit of boasting) ive got my 52 inch full hd bravia, first thing i did i fired up the game and i was happiest man on earth, i could see everything, i could beat every turn i could evade every car, awesome.. so guys i cant wait for Davis update, and this “planes” thing ? are you freakin insane :D or maybe its just a crazy rumor :D seriously if you can implement PLANES into burnout you can do just about anything.. >,<

    ps: there is only one thing i don’t like, or should i say despite about this game… its the thing many fans was angry about, YOU FREAKIN HAVE TO DRIVE BACK TO START AFTER YOU LOSE

    so guys is there really no way you could do something about it in next few updates ?? i mean it, i think many players would be enormously happy about this.


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    + Onna76_NL on July 13th, 2008 at 11:31 am said:

    “YOU FREAKIN HAVE TO DRIVE BACK TO START AFTER YOU LOSE”

    I agree on this one, especially when you need to race to a place like the observatory. Its like 10 miles back and that can be really annoying. Especially if you didn’t win and have to do it over again. If you do win, you’ll still need to drive all the way back…


    165

    + ProroK on July 13th, 2008 at 3:12 pm said:

    Nice Onna.. it has been long time since girl agreed with me.. i think its because you’re a gamer :D


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    + iceman on July 14th, 2008 at 8:13 am said:

    i have 2 ps3′s and have already downloaded the update on my first ps3 which is in London. Now im back in South Africa and want to play Burnout do i have to download the update again on my second ps3? if not how do i get the update to work on my 2nd ps3 with out having to download it again

    if any 1 has an answer please reply on this Blog or send me a message on my psn which is

    iceman3828


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    + EZCheez on July 15th, 2008 at 10:29 am said:

    Vesra

    two birds with one stone? impossible. or better yet, why? there’s no shortage of stones where you are is there….
    all kidding aside, you could do the exact same thing in reverse ya know. copy to the ps3 and then flash drive it to your pc. then all the music is sure to work on the ps3 no matter the game (hopefully more support in games will come) and also on your pc. after all, what pc won’t play mp3’s right. right?
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    I think you completely missed the point of my remarks. Why is it that this is the only game with custom soundttracks that only supports one format? SSHD plays all of my music, and so does HVB, but Burnout doesn’t. Think about that for a second before you get caught up in the menutia.


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    + ace91479 on July 15th, 2008 at 5:26 pm said:

    what is the pal version?


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    + Sugar38 on July 16th, 2008 at 1:01 am said:

    I love Burnout and own all the games but Paradise really kicks butt,when I got this game I knew there was going to be future support for it ,including rumours of a new island in the future (and those rumours are true)I love the online function of it too and how seamlessly you go from being offline to being online,I only have one negative thing to say and its not about the game its about the gamers!
    I am sick of being kicked out of games,I join an online game and before I get to even play they kick me out,I dont know why,maybe its cos ive completeed the game,maybe its cos im female,but I wish people would stop doing it,I already completed all the challenges but how do I complete the future ones if people dont let me play?


    170

    + chinito on July 16th, 2008 at 6:37 am said:

    I JUST GOT MY UPDATE, HOW CAN I PLAY ONLINE ROAD RAGE & MARKED MAN AS SOON I GET ONLINE? HOW DO ACTIVATE THEM?


    171

    + Lil ps3 on July 16th, 2008 at 9:45 am said:

    @ Sugar 38
    Yea that sux…


    172

    + the_icon on July 20th, 2008 at 2:07 pm said:

    You guys should be developers of the year, without a doubt. With the amount of post release support you guys given us. Not to mention all are free.


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    + FronzDan on July 22nd, 2008 at 3:49 pm said:

    I’d like to thank all those who sold the game. Because of you, I picked this fantastic title up for cheap, used. The best part is, I don’t even have my PS3 yet. It’ll be here tomorrow via UPS. After hooking it up, in goes the Paradise disc and it’ll probably stay there for a long time.

    I’ve never played a Burnout game I didn’t love. And all this FREE dlc is just over the top. You guys rock.


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