Hot Pursuit Remastered’ Features Cross-Platform Multiplayer Racing

KEY POINTS

  • The latest title to get the remake treatment is 2010’s “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit”
  • “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered” will feature better graphics and new achievements
  • With cross-platform multiplayer introduced, players can challenge one another no matter the system they’re playing on

Criterion Games’ 2010 hit “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit” is getting a remake for several current generation consoles, and the new iteration will come with a cross-platform element.

Dubbed “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered,” the racing game set in fictional Seacrest County is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on Nov. 6. Nintendo Switch users will not be left behind, however, as the Switch version is slated for release on Nov. 13.

Remakes seem to be more in vogue now among video game circles. In the past few weeks alone, both “Demon’s Souls” and “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” either had a remake released or announced.

More than the nostalgia, it is perhaps familiarity with the title and property as well as the good memories they bring forth that make publishers return to the older games in hopes of remaking them and introducing them to both fans of the original versions as well as to a newer audience.

With any remake, one of the first things that get a significant upgrade is the graphics. Because of improvements and leaps made in technology, a visual improvement will be present in “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered.”

The Verge stated that on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, the game will run in 1080p at 30fps, while PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X players can pick between a 1080p 60fps performance mode and a 4K 30fps “fidelity mode.”

Meanwhile, PC gamers can play the game in 4K at a maximum of 60fps. Yet perhaps even more exciting news is that this remaster supports cross-platform multiplayer gaming, allowing players to play against each other regardless of what system they are playing on.

All of the DLC released for the 2010 original will be available for “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered” on top of an improved photo mode as well as more than 30 challenges.

Adding another bit of nostalgia is the presence of internal social network from 2010 Autolog. In the original game, Autolog kept players up to date with how their friends were doing and the same can be expected in the remake.

Need for Speed reboot One of the many cars available in “Need for Speed,” which is set to be released on PS4 and Xbox One in November, and for PC next year. Photo: http://www.needforspeed.com/

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