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
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2020
Metacritic 75
OpenCritic 74
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Racing
Vehicles Automobile
Art styles Realistic
Themes Contemporary, North America
Series Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit
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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
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Included with EA Play Pro.
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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 havs 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.
Based on the original Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 ports, using their lower resolution textures.
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).

Essential improvements[edit]

NFS HPR Texture Pack[edit]

Restores the higher resolution textures of the original PC release.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


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



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
5.1 and 7.1
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Audio is identical to English version.


Multiplayer types

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

Other information[edit]


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[edit]

Delete this folder:

<Steam-folder>\steamapps\common\Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered\UI\MOVIES_4K

On less capable systems, these 4K FMV's will struggle to playback smoothly. By deleting this folder, the game will fallback to using the 1080p ones stored under \UI\MOVIES instead.

SCPD Lamborghini Gallardo (Polizia) mod[edit]

Restores the original Polizia livery for SCPD's Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4.

System requirements[edit]

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 GTS 640
ATI Radeon HD 5870
DirectX 11 compatible
Other 512 KBPS or faster 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.