EA and Criterion have announced the release date of Burnout Paradise for the PC arriving in February 09. EA has a checkered past with DRM issues, Crysis Warhead, Dead Space, Red Alert 3 and Spore. Criterion's Alex Ward once claimed they will never do PC games and its overclockign shenanigans. With Burnout PC, they seem to be moving away from DRM.
With Burnout Paradise, EA and Criterion will be distributing the a trial version for free, with a limited time demo all of Paradise City has to offer (download and dvd disc). To purchase the full content, EA and Criterion have attached an ingame store, with a few clicks the trial version unlocks to the full retail game. Details are limited, as the ingame store will be fully revealed in an upcoming CrashTV Episode.
Are PC gamers going to be pulled into Burnout Paradise, a year after its console release? Has EA learn its on how to properly handle consumers and DRM?