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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered

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For the original release, see Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered cover
Criterion Games
Stellar Entertainment
Lemon Sky Studios
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2020
Metacritic 75
OpenCritic 74
Monetization One-time game purchase, Subscription gaming service
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person, Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile, Street racing
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, North America
Series Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Need for Speed
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Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
Subseries of Need for Speed
Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit 1998
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 2002
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2010
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered 2020

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered is a 2020 remaster of the 2010 racing game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit originally developed by Criterion Games. It is the first game in the Need for Speed series since series publisher Electronic Arts moved the series license back from Ghost Games (now EA Gothenburg) to Criterion. The remaster was primarily handled by Stellar Entertainment, who also handled Burnout Paradise Remastered, with Criterion's assistance. It features all the content from the original game (except for three cars due to licensing issues), plus all the content-expanding DLC from the original PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 releases, and various improvements including the ability to set custom colors and create custom wraps for Racer cars.

The game was released for Windows on November 6, 2020.

General information

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of its version of EA Play.
Included with EA Play.
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Included with EA Play (Steam).
All versions require Origin and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.
The "Polizia" livery of SCPD's Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4 has been replaced with a simplified design (Due to the Huracán having already officially replaced the Gallardo in the real-life Italian police by the time of this game's release).
All downloadable content (sans the Timesaver packs), which are not available for PC version of the original game, are included in Remastered.
Remastered features much more detailed graphic settings than the original game.
The majority of the textures are of a lower resolution compared to the original PC release.
Because of licensing issues, Carbon Motors E7 Concept and both the 722 Edition and Stirling Moss models of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren are removed in Remastered. Carbon Motors shuttered in 2013 without ever having produced a production model, while Mercedes-Benz has since sold off its stake in McLaren and is now a direct competitor (cars made by either one company still appear in Remastered).


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.
Subscription gaming service Available via EA Play.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Criterion Games\Need for Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit Remastered\config.NFS11Save
%USERPROFILE%\Documents\Criterion Games\Need for Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit Remastered\Save\Default\MUD64.8.NFS11Save
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1328660/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Criterion Games\Need for Speed(TM) Hot Pursuit Remastered\Save\Default\
Microsoft Store
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1328660/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud
Handled through the cloud sync of Origin.
Xbox Cloud


Display settings.
Display settings.
Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Speech, SFX, VOIP
Surround sound
5.1, 7.1
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Original 2010 game voice-over download.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 Versus
Cross-platform multiplayer and leaderboards are supported.[2]
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues unresolved

Game crashes on exit

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Cutscenes Bink video

Use the 1080p FMV cutscenes instead of the 4K ones

Delete this folder[citation needed]
  1. <Steam-folder>\steamapps\common\Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered\UI\MOVIES_4K

On less capable systems, these 4K FMV's will struggle to play smoothly. By deleting this folder, the game will fall back to using the 1080p ones stored under \UI\MOVIES instead. In addition, this frees up space on your drive.


SCPD Lamborghini Gallardo (Polizia)

Design 1 restores the original Polizia livery for SCPD's Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560–4.

NFSHPR Texture Pack

Restores the higher resolution textures of the original PC release where needed.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit Remastered back2original (number plate)

Restores the original Hot Pursuit 2010 number plate.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3-2120
AMD Phenom II X4 965
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 45 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GT 640
ATI Radeon HD 5870
DirectX 11 compatible
Other Broadband Internet connection
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1328660/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1328660) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Remastered Ultrawide Review - 16:9/21:9/32:9 Comparison & Gameplay! - last accessed on 2020-11-07
  2. 2.0 2.1 Electronic Arts - Floor It in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered on November 6 - last accessed on 2020-10-05
  3. Verified by User:SojerManLan on 2021-12-01
    Tested with the Origin copy. An Xbox One controller, once plugged in, is fully usable without any issues.