If anything seems like it’s set to define gaming for the foreseeable future, it’s cross-play. More and more, the lines between platforms are being erased, dropping the barriers that previously kept fans of Xbox, PlayStation, PC, or Nintendo hardware from facing each other head-to-head. With its remaster of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, publisher Electronic Arts is updating a beloved racing game, but it’s the chance to race against friends regardless of their platform that might be its most exciting aspect.
We got a chance to spend a few hours with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered on PC ahead of its announcement, playing through a number of events in Career mode and seeing a bit of how Hot Pursuit’s updated Autolog social features work. In short, the remaster looks and plays extremely well–it’s fast and intense, and the improvements made by developer Stellar Entertainment make Hot Pursuit feel right at home on current-generation hardware.
The thrust of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is street racing, and you’ll drive a variety of real cars as you try to take top honors in various illegal events. But you don’t just flaunt the law–you can also play as the cops, where your goal is to chase down racers and try to crash them or run them off the road in order to make arrests. You can switch between the two sides throughout the single-player Career mode and in multiplayer events.