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Trivia / Burnout Paradise

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  • Development Gag: Atomika mentions that Paradise City used to have an airport off the waterfront, which apparently sank in a freak storm. This refers to a beta map which had an airport off the Waterfront, before South Paradise and the airport were culled a little into development, and eventually replaced by Big Surf Island.
  • Milestone Celebration: Burnout Paradise Remastered was released in 2018, ten years after the original release.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Did the name of the city gave it away?
    • The neat thing is that Criterion didn't even get the rights to the song initially, despite how good a choice it would be. It was only confirmed later that they secured the rights to it. The game also has its own theme song ("Burnout Paradise Theme"), which is an updated spin on the Burnout 2 theme.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The lack of fast travel for an open world racing game and the increasing dated alternative rock, classic rock, and late 2000s EDM-filled soundtrack (hello, Avril Lavigne!) places this in 2008.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Big Surf Island was originally going to part of an archipelago called Paradise Keys, hence the name of the suspension bridge. In earlier versions of the game (including the last official version of The Ultimate Box on PC), players could see a longer, unfinished Paradise Keys Bridge leading to a more distant island that would later become Big Surf Island. A HUD element displaying the name of a "Paradise Keys" region was left behind in the game, and it was used for the Vanity Pack 2.0 mod for PC to provide a "region" for the island's recreation.
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    • An early rendition of the Paradise City map suggested that instead of Big Surf Island, an airport was originally going to be in that space. It was originally expected that the map expansion that became Big Surf Island was going to be this airport. The airport never manifested but a similar DLC in concept was released for Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) in the Terminal Velocity pack.

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