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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered will release in time for its 10th anniversary

2010’s beloved Criterion Need for Speed release is the latest to have some time in the shop after the 2018 remaster of Burnout Paradise, but how much of a remaster is it?

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2010’s beloved Criterion Need for Speed release is the latest to have some time in the shop after the 2018 remaster of Burnout Paradise, but how much of a remaster is it?

Nearly ten whole years ago Criterion released their first entry in the twenty-four (?!) game saga that is Need for Speed. It was two years after Burnout Paradise and released to about as much critical acclaim as the franchise has ever received. 

So it makes sense that, two years after releasing Burnout Paradise’s 10th anniversary remaster, Criterion and Stellar Entertainment are giving Hot Pursuit the same treatment.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is coming to Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 6th, and to Nintendo Switch on November 13th.  

As for the quality of the touch-up, even the Switch version is promised to hit 1080p/30 FPS in docked mode and 720p/30 FPS undocked. The remaster will also include a whole host of improvements including “higher-resolution models, more objects and props, longer draw distance, higher resolution shadows, and improved videos”.

As for (what will soon be last-gen) consoles and the PC version, 4K/60 FPS will be supported on PC, whilst you can choose between 4K or 60 FPS performance mode on PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, perhaps disappointingly, will run the game at only 1080p/30 FPS. They will, however, boast more enhancements beyond the Switch, including: “up-resed UI, higher resolution reflections, boosted textures, more particles, and improved AA/SSAO”.

What does this mean for the naked eye? YouTuber Crowned (via vg247) released a side by side comparison that reveals more than a bit of parity with the original 2010 PC version. Is it just a PC port, then? Looks can be deceiving. The exact same thing was said of 2018’s Burnout Paradise Remastered, yet on closer inspection, it offered many upgrades.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered screenshot

On top of said upgrades, you can expect cross-platform multiplayer with the game’s ‘social-network’ auto log supporting all aforementioned platforms. Don’t expect this to be cross-generational, though. It’s purely for the remaster.

And needless to say, all main DLC will be included. Although, do you remember when Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered sold map packs again?

If you feel like hotly pursuing this one, the game will cost £35 on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch and £25 on Steam and Origin. You have to love that console premium price.


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