Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered is official. After weeks of leaks and teases, EA finally confirmed the game this morning by revealing the first official trailer and providing all the details.
For those who don’t know, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit was a favorite among Need For Speed fans. The game was a big, glorious version of cops vs robbers except replace “robbers” with “street racers”.
Originally released in 1998, Hot Pursuit was the third Need For Speed game ever made and it was the first in the series that allowed players to take on the role of the cops to chase down street racers. It became a huge hit and from that point, playing as the police became a marquee feature in several games after.
Hot Pursuit was remade again in 2010 by Criterion Games and that is what this current remaster is based on.
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered (NFSHPR) will have updated graphics to optimize it for current consoles like Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and even the Nintendo Switch. Though EA does not specifically say what those enhancements will be.
Chances are a resolution bump and updated 3D models will be a large part of those upgrades. However at this time it is unknown what the frame rates will be or if there will be further upgrades for Xbox One X, or PlayStation 4 Pro.
If I had to make a guess I would say that NFSHPR will target 1080p/30fps on the base Xbox One and PS4 and 4k/30fps on Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. I am assuming the Nintendo Switch version will target 1080p/30fps when docked and 720p/30fps in portable mode.
It also looks like a 4K/60fps mode might be available for the next gen consoles Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5
In addition to the visual upgrades Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered will feature all the DLC add-ons from the original 2010 game. The combined DLC adds up to 6 hours of extra content and includes game modes like “Armed and Dangerous” and “Lamborghini Untamed”
The photo mode is updated and there are new achievements to unlock. Additionally a new car wrap custom graphic mode will come to the game as a post launch update.
“Autolog” and cross-play multiplayer mode
Through the game’s “Autolog” function Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered will have an asynchronous multi-player mode. Think of it like Forza‘s “Drivatar” feature. Players will be able to race against virtual representations of their friends.
The game will also have traditional, live, head-to-head multiplayer racing as well and all of it will be cross-play enabled. That means even if a player’s friends are on a completely different console, they can still race against each other with no issues.
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered releases on November 6th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The Nintendo Switch will get the game on November 13th. Though I’m not sure why Switch owners will need to wait a week.
Pre-orders are available right now and the retail price is $39.99 on all platforms.
What do you think about Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered? Did you play the 2010 version? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or tweet to me at @MotorworldHype.
You can also watch the official trailer below and get more info from the press release which is below as well.
Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered trailer
Redwood City, Calif. – October 5, 2020 – Criterion Games, in collaboration with Stellar Entertainment, is reigniting the thrill of the chase and rush of the escape in Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Remastered. Launching on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC on November 6 and Nintendo Switch™ on November 13, the game will feature enhanced visuals and cross-platform asynchronous multiplayer competition powered by Autolog – the revolutionary feature that allows players to seamlessly connect, compare and compete with their friends. The game will also include all main DLC that delivers an extra six hours of gameplay and more than 30 challenges, bringing back Criterion’s critically-acclaimed Need for Speed™ debut, which won the coveted Best Racing Game Award from the Game Critics Awards in 2010 and The British Academy Video Games Award for Multiplayer in 2011.
“Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was ahead of its time when it released in 2010 as we built an automatic comparison and friend recommendation system in the game before that type of thing became a norm in today’s world. Now, we’re delighted to be bringing that spirit of timeless racing competition back to new platforms and players where they can connect, compare and compete no matter what platform they’re on, even on the go this time with the Nintendo Switch,” said Matt Webster, VP of Criterion Games. “Fueled by Autolog and some of the world’s most desirable and classic supercars, this will create the most heart-pumping socially competitive racing experience.”
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered features the graphical enhancements of the world of Seacrest County, where the winding roads and exotic supercars offer an adrenaline-filled sense of speed. A deep single-player career delivers the action of both sides of the law, where supercharged cop interceptors with tactical weaponry can bust their suspects, and elite racers can level the playing field with counterattacks and defensive maneuvers. Through a seamlessly linked multiplayer experience across all race modes, players can play their career solo or take on friends to earn Bounty and unlock new cars, weapons, and equipment. The game will also include all the additional post-launch content, like fan-favorite modes Armed and Dangerous and Lamborghini Untamed, seamlessly woven into the experience like never before. Brand new achievements, car colors, reduced hard stops, an updated photo mode and multiple quality of life updates make this the best time to reignite the pursuit on either side of the law. After launch, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered will also see the addition of car wraps, which will give players even more customization options.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered’s groundbreaking Autolog technology returns to connect players with friends in head-to-head asynchronous competition, instinctively delivering and recommending challenges based on their results. The Autolog feature also enables players to compare and share all their experiences, pictures and challenges with cross-platform multiplayer, giving players the opportunity to compete with each other across any platform.