E3 2010: Criterion Games developing new Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit

Not too long ago, Need for Speed was the top dog franchise in racing games, sporting good graphics, a solid blend of realism and arcade racing, and innovative gameplay ideas. As the competition became more fierce though, NFS lost some prestige as it got mired in the whole "illegal street racing" scene and stopped bringing many new elements to the table. So how to reinvigorate one of racing's biggest franchises? Get your biggest competitor to develop it of course!

Above: Your tax dollars at work 

Criterion Games, makers of the awesome Burnout series, have been tapped to release NFS: Hot Pursuit, a return to roots for the franchise. Given the popularity of the "cops and robbers" style, Hot Pursuit seems like an excellent way to reignite the NFS franchise. Check out the E3 Trailer here:

NFS:HP is touting its new connective Autolog interface, which will allow for easy meet ups with friends and easy swapping of records and data. EA also mentioned the game will have career modes for both the police and getaway drivers, giving equal time to both the good guys and the bad guys. NFS:HP is scheduled for a November 16th release.

Jun 14th, 2010


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  • GALLAGHER - June 27, 2010 1:05 p.m.

    I cant fucking wait for the new NFS . Hot Pursuit was the best NFS out there 1 of a kind CANT WAIT all the NFS after Hot pursuit were shit i think !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • SonicX_89 - June 15, 2010 3:23 p.m.

    @Wizrai, GR Micheal Grimm Oh, I see. Thanks for clearing things up.
  • Zanthis - June 15, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    I am so excited. I loved Hot Pursuit and it's sequel. The fact that they are bringing it back and Criterion is the one doing it is all but delicious icing on a wondrous cake.
  • Sathan - June 15, 2010 6:58 a.m.

    Cool! A new Hot Pursuit is a perfect fit for Criterion.
  • GamesRadarMichaelGrimm - June 15, 2010 6:12 a.m.

    @ SonicX_89 Criterion's parent company is indeed EA, I meant it more in the sense that Burnout and NFS are competing franchises like Wizrai said. Sorry if it was unclear.
  • Wizrai - June 15, 2010 3:24 a.m.

    @SonicX_89 Yea, but that works out more like, teams, supplied by the same 'boss', but each developing it's own stuff by it's own crew, and they get their own earnings too...It's just that in the end, EA's like a bwiiig wampire that's fweeding fwom eeevewy wone. :O As wierd it sounds, I do love racing and cars, so I might take a look at this!
  • djsn1per - June 15, 2010 2:01 a.m.

    I might actually buy a NFS game now. This looks pretty tight. I love the nice cars :D recaptcha: was krauwiz He musta got pwn'd so now he's not
  • Spybreak8 - June 15, 2010 1:57 a.m.

    Big NFS fan, as well as C&C fan (own all of their titles) but quite frankly that was really boring to watch. Eh it will probably be better to play because quite frankly I've never watched anyone play NFS anyways haha. Woo has a good dev, cops are in and exotic cars look great, great potential. lol ReCaptcha:Flimflam now
  • SonicX_89 - June 15, 2010 1:45 a.m.

    I'm excited, but the line about getting the competition to develop the game bugs me. Doesn't EA own Criterion?
  • SoutheastSam - June 15, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    Excellent... Damage and helicopter control would be sweet
  • Evil_AppleJuice - June 15, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    I dont really like racers, but after being blown away by Split/Second, im actually excited for this
  • kiwicrossing - June 15, 2010 12:54 a.m.

    That was sweet. RECAPTCHA: 75 sweatier
  • dunc12 - June 15, 2010 12:53 a.m.

    Oh man, this looks great
  • Sebastian16 - June 15, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    The best racer on the PS1 ever IS REBORN!
  • michaelmcc827 - June 15, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    I just came.
  • twinkletitsMcGee - June 15, 2010 12:32 a.m.

  • H2A2I00 - June 15, 2010 12:31 a.m.

    i remeber play hot persuit on my ps2,good times and @sleepy92ismypsn i too havent bought a nfs game since most wanted but ill prbly pick this up as well
  • sleepy92ismypsn - June 15, 2010 12:09 a.m.

    were those bugati police cars? thats fuckin sick. i havn't boughten a NFS since most wanted but that might change this year.
  • ventanger - June 14, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    Hot Pursuit is the best thing NFS ever produced.
  • CurryIsGood - June 14, 2010 11:39 p.m.

    and now relevance returns

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