Electronic Arts revs up new Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

E3 2010: EA reimagining the '90s racer for the "connected generation" with new online features, debuting November 16 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii.

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Last year ex-Electronic Arts COO John Pleasants revealed that Criterion Games, famous for its work on the Burnout series, would assume development duties on the Need for Speed series and promised a new NFS title for 2010. Today, on stage at EA's Electronic Entertainment Expo press briefing, that prophecy came true.

Criterion creative director Craig Sullivan announced this afternoon that Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC will ship in North America on November 16. The game will ship in Europe on November 18 and the UK on November 19. The game is said to be inspired by the 1998 racer of the same name, and according to Sullivan, is a "reimagining the franchise for a connected generation." In Hot Pursuit, players will be able to play through the game's entire campaign as a cop or a racer.

From the creators of Burnout, comes this NFS reimagining.

In addition to the familiar series mainstays, Hot Pursuit will introduce the Need for Speed Autolog. This online destination lets players find and face off against each other on the track and compare performance and statistics. A brief demo of the Autolog was shown, where Sullivan could see who was online and what records his friends had amassed.

A title bearing the same name, but developed by Exient Entertainment, will come to the Wii the same day as the others in North America. Electronic Arts did not say if the Wii version will include its HD console cousins' Autolog component.

For more on the series, check out GameSpot's brand new Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit preview straight from E3 2010.

Discussion

27 comments
Carashnak
Carashnak

I've been convinced a fair amount people haven't really heard of, let alone played the older NFS games? If this is gonna turn out anything like an up-to-date, burnout-esque Need for Speed III, then I'd start saving if I were you..

shkar
shkar

NFS SHIFT was the game that blew my mind.........I wonder how this one would be...

DanC1989
DanC1989

Oh. My. God. Criterion too!

Emma_R
Emma_R

YEEEEESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Another dream coming true. And Criterion, lots of technomusic please yes please.

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

NFS: Hot Pursuit 2 had the coolest intro sequence ever in an NFS game (according to me) !!!

addictedtochaos
addictedtochaos

Nice announcement but I'd rather have a new Burnout.

gazza_gamerNZ
gazza_gamerNZ

Hot Pursuit 2 was my favourite NFS game so I'm looking forward to this one.

Jack_n_Coke07
Jack_n_Coke07

It's about time EA ditched the whole Underground/Simulation aspect of NFS and returned to it's real roots.

LpKing
LpKing

EA .. im impressed

BloodMist
BloodMist

THIS is what I've been wanting in an NFS game since Hot Pursuit 2.They better make this a deep, rich game, and not in that lame Underground kind of way which is all cookie cutter.Better have the most exciting high speed cop chases you could ever imagine in it too.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

oh my god x2 wii may get its own version ,, and 360 gets a nfs hot pursuit ,, , you get 110 from me hahah

dean0null
dean0null

I'll be looking forward to this one. Time to dust off Hot Pursuit 2.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

please Criterion, give back the d-pad steering control on NFS. Since Prostreet, no NFS have it and i hate to play racing game with analog.

MarcJL31
MarcJL31

Finally. The Need for Speed that we loved is back. Thank you Criterion.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

MAYBE just maybe they will make a good NEED for speed again. Its been like 10 years since they have had a REALLY good entry

Flint247
Flint247

I have a need... a need for more Need for Speed!

Packgator
Packgator

YAY! I hope they make another burnout though....

limpbizkit818
limpbizkit818

I can not believe this game is coming out! Hot Pursuit 2 was/is the best Need For Speed title ever made: the series fell off the map after that one. Words just can not describe how happy I am about this. Like the first comment on this article says: Criterion most have looked at all the fans that wanted a new Hot Pursuit game. Day 1 Purchase for me.

The_Dude1212
The_Dude1212

Oh man, I had too much fun with Hot Pursuit 2 on the Gamecube, yet I only rented it a few times. Tried Underground, but couldn't stand it. Definitely keeping an eye on this one. EDIT: lawl Burnot.

phantom1593
phantom1593

Our prayers have been answered! Its like Criterion guys saw all our comments on all the NFS titles here at gamespot! We all wanted Hot Pursuit. Here it is. It's back!!! I