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Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit
If you want the inside scoop live and direct from Criterion Games, you’ve come to the right place. This week, we’re announcing our Need for Speed game for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 and it’s out in November. Here’s a trailer to get you in the mood – it’s a glimpse of some of the awesome cars, locations and action you can expect from our take on Need for Speed. As you can see, we’re all about high speed pursuits. You can play as Cop or Racer – shut down the bad guys or escape from the law! But if you look closely at the trailer, you’ll see more than just a great police pursuit! Today, we’ll talk you through what you might have missed....
BACK TO ITS ROOTS
Our game is inspired by the original Need for Speed on 3DO – we loved the thrill of the driving the open road and shaking off the cops in exotic supercars. The first thing you’ll notice in our trailer is the open, high speed roads of the coastal, forest and desert regions – very reminiscent of our 3DO inspiration.
LICENSE TO THRILL
With Need for Speed, we’ve got a stack of new toys to play with for the first time – real, licensed cars! The trailer shows what it’s like to run from the cops in the Koenigsegg CCX, McLaren’s incredible new MP4-12C and ultra exclusive Pagani Zonda Cinque. It would be a breeze if the cops weren’t packing equally exclusive hardware – the Ford Shelby GT500, the extraordinary Bugatti Veyron 16.4 and the legendary Lamborghini Murciélago for a start. But don’t get too attached – our pursuits are all about high speed aggressive driving. Don’t expect to finish in a pristine car!
ESCALATING THE ACTION
Cops are kitted out with a full suite of weapons and gear to help them bring lawbreakers to justice. As the pursuit escalates, so does the equipment available. The trailer shows “Road Block”, “Spike Strip” and “Helicopter Support” in action, but you’ll also make use of many others as a Cop and a Racer!
FRIENDS AND ENEMIES
We want an online connection to transform the way you play. Big time. You see player IDs in the trailer, because online players are key to this Need for Speed – your friends are at the heart of the experience. All the action can be played online – meet up with friends to play as the cops, work together to escape the law or play against each other. A feature called “Autolog” tracks everything you do and uses that information to compare your performance with your friends and recommend new experiences to try. Autolog is also the perfect place to see news from the team and read or post comments and pictures – think of it as Facebook for the game. That’s all for now...we’ll update soon, so keep checking back for the very latest news straight from the team.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit will be available on November 16, 2010 in North America and on November 18 and 19, 2010 in Europe on the Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 and PC.