Burnout Paradise is supposed to mix up the Burnout experience by providing a kind of free-roaming gameplay with online integration that sounds similar to Test Drive Unlimited, though not a lot of details have come out yet.
I'm a bit wary about it myself, I rather dislike free-roaming gameplay in racing games. I liked the arcade-y feeling of the earlier Burnout tracks, and I'm worried you're going to lose some of the pacing by making it a sandbox racer. At the same time, Criterion has a fantastic track record and they haven't let me down yet.
What do you guys think? Do you think sandbox style gameplay will be beneficial to the Burnout formula?