Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is a 2010 racing video game in development by Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows.[2] A version for Wii is also developed by Exient.[3] The game will support 3D-display output on PlayStation 3 and Windows.[4] Hot Pursuit has been described as a "revolutionary" addition to the Need for Speed franchise and is scheduled for release in North America on November 16, 2010, and in Europe on November 19.[5][6]

Gameplay Edit

Hot Pursuit goes back to the Need for Speed series' roots and takes on the gameplay style of earlier "Hot Pursuit"-titles in the Need for Speed franchise with exotic cars and high-speed police chases. It is primarily inspired by the original Need for Speed on 3DO. Hot Pursuit lets the player play as either a cop or a racer and will feature a full career mode for both roles. The relationship between the cops and racers is described as "a dog chasing down a rabbit" with the cops being more powerful compared to the racers. Each side has several power-ups including calling for roadblocks and radar jamming.[7] Hot Pursuit also features a new social interaction system called "Autolog" described as "Facebook for the game".[6] The game features both single-player and multiplayer game modes with up to eight players; as an option to live multiplayer racing, player can post records and achievements on the Autolog-feed for friends to see, which they then can try to beat. Autolog also contains an experience system called "Bounty".[8] So far the only game mode revealed is "Interceptor 1 vs 1", where one cop chases one racer, but more game modes are to be revealed.[9] Other features include the player being able to add custom soundtracks to the game.[10]

Cars Edit

The driving model of the game is described as "fun and accessible". It is not as arcade-styled as Burnout Paradise, but far from a simulator.[7][8] All cars in Hot Pursuit are licensed real-world supercars, and the carlist is described as "all the cars you dreamed of driving, in the way you dreamed of driving them". Most cars will be available to both racers and cops, but a few will be exclusive to each side.[8][11] Also exclusively featured in the Hot Pursuit is the Porsche 918 Spyder.[12] Ferrari however, last seen in a Shift DLC-pack but notably absent from all other Need for Speed games since Hot Pursuit 2, will also be absent from Hot Pursuit.[13] The Lamborghini Reventón will be the only type of Lamborghini available as a cop car, and exclusive for the Cops.[14]


Hot Pursuit takes place in fictional location called Seacrest County.[7] It is entirely open-world and features over 100 miles (160 km) of open road and, as a reference, it is four times larger than Paradise City, the city of Burnout Paradise.[15]

Development Edit

It was confirmed at E3 2009 by EA CEO John Riccitiello that Criterion Games, developers of EA's own Burnout series, was working on a "revolutionary" addition to the Need for Speed franchise.

"We don't have a plan right now for a separate major launch on Burnout, because the team doing it is working on a revolutionary take on Need for Speed."[16]
It was also reported that the game was scheduled for release in Q4 2010.[17] More information regarding the game was revealed at E3 2010.

Background Edit

Parts of Hot Pursuit were inspired by Most Wanted. "We have played a part of Most Wanted here at the office, and we liked what we saw. That to drive from all the excitation was made in an excellent way," said creative director Craig. "We are really fortunate that we can model real cars for the game, and we believe that this is one of the Need for Speed-series ace in the sleeve. We want to vary between good cars to super cars. We see regular cars every day, and what is so special about them? We offer players a vastly of hunting- and persecution from the start, and the further into the game you get, the more spectacular it becomes."[18][19]

Announcement Edit

Hot Pursuit was revealed at EA's Media Briefing at E3 2010 with a trailer showing off a high-speed police chase involving three different racers in a Koenigsegg CCX, a McLaren MP4-12C and a Pagani Zonda Cinque and several police cars such as the Ford Shelby GT500, Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and Lamborghini Reventón as well as a police helicopter diving at the racers and dropping a spike strip in front of them. The video features a remix of Marilyn Manson's version of "Tainted Love" as well as the song "Edge of the Earth" by 30 Seconds to Mars. The trailer was followed by a live demo of the game on stage between creative director Craig Sullivan as a cop and producer Matt Webster as a racer.[18]

Marketing and release Edit

The Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit on Tour, is a seven-city event that will take the racing video game directly to fans before its release in November. Each stop on the tour will take place at a hot local venue, feature world renowned hip hop and rock artists, hot ladies for promoting the game and showcase an assortment of the world's sexiest exotic cars, including a one-of-a-kind Lamborghini cop car. Those who attend will be the lucky few to get their hands on this game before its release.

Hot Pursuit on Tour started on July 14 at the Manhattan Classic Car Club in New York City, headlined by the "godfather of mash-ups", DJ Z-Trip.[20] It will then continues on to Chicago[21], Seattle, San Francisco, Austin, Miami, and culminates in the "Hot Pursuit" launch in Los Angeles on November 16. Event attendees must register in advance at the official Need for Speed website.[22]


A second trailer was released in August 16, 2010 for promoting the pre-order edition of Hot Pursuit, the Limited Edition.[23] The third trailer was released in August 17, 2010. It shows the actual gameplay footage, and the "Autolog" function. The player is driving a 2010 Porsche 997 GT3 RS. The trailer shows how the racer is trying to escape from the police, how the police is trying to get the racer, but in the end is the player able to finish the race.[24] The fourth trailer was released September 3, 2010. It shown new feature, that it's not shown before. Not only must cops destroy the racers car to get them, also a racer can damage and destroy the other racers car to win.[25]

Pre-order bonus Edit

In addition to the standard edition, a Limited Edition of the game has been announced. The Limited Edition features numerous bonuses over the standard edition, including exclusive packaging, two exclusive cars and four unlockable cars.[26]

Reception Edit

Review scores
Publication Score
Entity Award
1UP Best of E3 (2010)
IGN Best of E3 (2010)
GCA Best of E3 (2010)
GameInformer Best of E3 (2010)
IGN Best Racing Game of E3 (2010)
GamePro Best of E3 (2010)
TEP Best of E3 (2010)
X-Play Best Racing Game at E3 (2010)
Gaming Excellence Best Racing Game at E3 (2010)

Hot Pursuit was highly received by critics at E3 2010 and was most notably awarded with Game Critics Awards' "Best Racing Game", as well as several other "Best of E3"-awards including "Best Racing Game" from both IGN and 1UP. Other games in the category included Gran Turismo 5, Test Drive Unlimited 2 and MotorStorm: Apocalypse.[27][28][29] This is the first game in the Need For Speed series since the original Hot Pursuit to win an E3 award. IGN said "An inspired level of connectivity", and 1UP "The other racing games at E3 never had a chance" for giving the game the "Best Racing Game" awards.[30]

References Edit

  1. Tech Interview: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Eurogamer (2010-07-31). Retrieved on 2010-08-12
  2. Michael (2010-06-15). Tweet regarding PC version. Electronic Arts (via Twitter). Retrieved on 2010-05-15 “Yup, there will be a PC version”
  3. Jonathan Wahlgren (2010-06-15). Wii Version. Nintendolife. Retrieved on 2010-06-15
  4. 3D support on PlayStation 3 and PC. Criterion Games (via Twitter) (2010-06-17). Retrieved on 2010-06-24
  5. Stephen Totilo (2009-06-10). EA: Burnout Devs Making "Revolutionary" Need for Speed. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2009-06-16
  6. 6.0 6.1 Criterion Games presents Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. Criterion Games. Retrieved on 2010-06-15
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Guy Cocker (2010-06-15). E3 2010: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Hands-On. GameSpot UK. Retrieved on 2010-06-15
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 E3 2010 Stage Demo: Need for Speed Hot Pursuit. GameSpot (2010-06-16). Retrieved on 2010-06-24
  9. Martin Robinson (2010-06-16). E3 2010: Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit preview. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-06-24
  10. Custom Soundtracks. Criterion Games (via Twitter) (2010-06-27). Retrieved on 2010-07-08
  11. NFSKirk (2010-06-22). NFSRon Talks to HP Creative Director. Electronic Arts. Retrieved on 2010-06-24
  12. Porsche 918 Spyder. Criterion Games (via Twitter) (2010-06-17). Retrieved on 2010-06-24
  13. Ferrari. Criterion Games (via Twitter) (2010-06-29). Retrieved on 2010-07-12
  14. Hot for the Holidays Interview
  15. Over 100 miles of open road. Criterion Games (via Twitter) (2010-06-17). Retrieved on 2010-06-24
  16. Stephen Totilo (2009-06-10). EA: Burnot Devs Making "Revolutionary" Need for Speed. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2009-06-16
  17. Alex Petraglia (2009-05-14). Criterion Developing Need for Sped Title for Release in 2010. Primotech. Retrieved on 2009-10-26
  18. 18.0 18.1 Gamereactor Emag #8/2010 - Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Gamereactor (2010-08-29). Retrieved on 2010-08-29
  19. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Gamepro (2010-09-08). Retrieved on 2010-09-11
  20. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit On Tour - NYC Video
  21. Need for Speed Hot Pursuit On Tour - Chicago Video
  22. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit - On Tour
  23. Get the Edge on Day 1 with the Limited Edition
  24. GC 10: Warning Trailer - Autolog Recommends: Settling the Score
  25. Autolog Recommends: Sun, Sand & Supercars
  26. Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Limited Edition (PS3)
  27. Game Critics Awards 2010 winners. Game Critics Awards. Retrieved on 2010-07-12
  28. IGN staff (2010-06-17). E3 2010: Best of E3 Awards. IGN. Retrieved on 2010-06-24
  29. 1UP staff (2010-06-19). 1UP's Best Games of E3 2010 – Best Game by genre. 1UP. Retrieved on 2010-06-24
  30. Get the Edge on Day 1 with the Limited Edition

External links Edit

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