• EA Is FINALLY Remastering Need for Speed Hot Pursuit

The iconic cops and racers game returns with better everything

The Need for Speed racing video game has come a long way since the first instalment was launched back in 1994. The 24th version of the game, Need for Speed Heat, was introduced in 2019 with incredible graphics and a long list of vehicles, including the latest supercars and many classics.

But many gearheads are still nostalgic about classic instalments such as Hot Pursuit (1998) and Porsche Unleashed (2000). If you’re one of them, we have good news: EA just remastered Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit and it’s coming out in November 2020.

What is Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit?

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Introduced in 1998, it’s the third installment of the iconic racing game.

Unlike its predecessors, the game added a new mode called Hot Pursuit, where police pursuits are included in races.

This mode allowed the player to race against a single opponent on a road scattered with police cars. It also included a challenge in which the player drives a police car to pursue and stop racers before they complete a race. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit was followed by a sequel, called Hot Pursuit 2, in 2002. In 2010, EA introduced yet another Hot Pursuit version with extra cars, extra features, a free roam mode, and Autolog, which tracked player progress and recommended events to play. Autolog also included a Facebook-style wall allowing players to post comments and photos while playing.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is an upgraded version of the latest edition, from 2010.

What’s new in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered?

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Like any remastered game, Hot Pursuit takes advantage of the modern hardware and graphics. Everything looks better, there’s an updated photo mode and new achievements, and it carries over with the popular Autolog feature. Different frame rates are available depending on what platform you’ll play the game on and it’s even available in 4K. The revisited game will support cross-platform multiplayer sessions so you can play with your friends no matter what system they’re on.

You'll find the exact same cars as in the original release from 2010.

The list includes more than 70 vehicles, mostly sports cars and supercars from brands like Aston Martin, Bentley, Bugatti, Dodge, Ford, Lamborghini, Koenigsegg, McLaren, and Porsche. Most regular cars are also available as Police interceptors.

Is Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered Coming to PS4, Xbox One, or PC?

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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is available for PlayStation 4 and 4 Pro, Xbox One and One X, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

The game will cost $39.99 on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch and $29.99 on Steam and Origin for PC.

You’ll be able to play the racing video game on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One starting November 6th and on Nintendo Switch starting November 13th.

Ciprian Florea
Ciprian Florea
Senior Editor and Supercar Expert - ciprian@topspeed.com
Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read full bio
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