Just in time for its tenth anniversary.
Along with Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport, Need for Speed is one of the most popular and long-running racing game franchises. Its popularity even spawned a live-action film starring Aaron Paul back in 2014. Everyone has their favorite spin on the franchise, whether it's the illegal night-time street racing and car customization in Underground or the exhilarating high-speed police chases on winding open roads in Hot Pursuit.
With no new Need for Speed game coming until 2021 following 2019's Heat, EA is filling the void by releasing a remaster of Hot Pursuit on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC (on November 6), and Nintendo Switch (on November 13) just in time to celebrate the game's tenth anniversary.
Based on the original 2010 game, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered features enhanced graphics with higher resolutions and improved textures and lighting effects. On PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, the game will run at 1080p resolution and 30 frames per second, while PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X players can enjoy a smoother 60 fps experience in performance mode or 4K resolution and 30 fps in fidelity mode.
The cops versus racers gameplay should be just as thrilling as it was back in 2010, while deployable attack and defense weapons such as spike strips, EMP blasts, and helicopters add an element of strategy. Hot Pursuit's revolutionary Autolog social network, which is showcased throughout the live-action reveal trailer, also returns allowing players to compare their best times and scores with friends. It also notifies you whenever a friend has beaten your time.
Regardless of which system you use, players will be able to compete with each other online thanks to cross-platform multiplayer. Most of the cars from the original game will return, so you'll be getting behind the wheel of exotic supercars such as the Aston Martin DBS, Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, Koenigsegg Agera, and Lamborghini Murcielago LP 640. There's also a police version of every car in the game, so you'll be evading Bugatti, Koenigsegg, and Lamborghini cop cars. The game's fictional police force must have a massive budget.
All previously released downloadable content will also be included, but the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition and Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss that featured in the original game won't be returning for the remaster. This is likely due to licensing issues after Mercedes-Benz sold its stake in McLaren in 2009.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered will retail for $39.99 on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch and $29.99 on Steam and Origin for PC users.