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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
Original Criterion Games
Remastered Stellar Entertainment
Remastered Lemon Sky Studios
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows November 6, 2020
Metacritic 74
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 singleplayer and multiplayer racing game primary developed by Stellar Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. It is a remaster of the 2010 racing game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, originally developed by Criterion Games, and the first game in the series to be released since EA moved the series license back from Ghost Games (now EA Gothenburg) to Criterion.

Stellar Entertainment developed the remastered version 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
Epic Games Store
DRM details are not known
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Included exclusively with Xbox Game Pass for PC as part of its version of EA Play.
Included with EA Play.
Manual link for EA App purchase.
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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.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Rename or remove the file 579680.SPS located in <path-to-game>\UI\movies, then create a new text file and rename it to 579680.SPS to replace the original file.[1]
While this method hides the intro cinematic, it essentially just displays a black screen instead of it. The game itself allows you to skip to the main menu a few seconds into the cinematic, whether it's the original cinematic or just a black screen. As the button prompt is in the original video file, with this method the prompt is not shown and you're stuck on a black screen until you press a button, after the game unlocks skipping and the prompt would have appeared. It's not clear when the game starts reading input, so it's suggested to start bashing the X or Start button or the Spacebar after the car logos disappear.


Removes the FPS cap and crash cams.
Fixes the input delay and collision detection.
Has an optional feature that unlocks all cars without having to level up and replaces the default driving camera with one similar to GTA San Andreas.

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) <SteamLibrary-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) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1328660/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
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.[3]
Asynchronous multiplayer

Issues unresolved

Game crashes on exit

Issues fixed

Input delay

By default, the game suffers from immense input delay, that results in less control over the car.
Install ZPatch

Car gets stuck on the air/glitches out when flipped

By default, the game suffers from imprecise collision detection, that results in the car getting stuck on the air around objects and opponents and also various physics issues when car gets upside down.
Install ZPatch

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 Hot Pursuit 2010 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.

Mercedes SLR Car Pack

Restores all the Mercedes-Benz SLR vehicles from the original Hot Pursuit 2010 that were removed from the Remastered release due to licensing issues.

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 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Verified by User:cheater on 2024-01-27
  2. Need for Speed™ Hot Pursuit Remastered Ultrawide Review - 16:9/21:9/32:9 Comparison & Gameplay! - last accessed on 2020-11-07
  3. 3.0 3.1 Electronic Arts - Floor It in Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Remastered on November 6 - last accessed on 2020-10-05
  4. Verified by User:SargeCassidy on 2021-12-01
    Tested with the Origin copy. An Xbox One controller, once plugged in, is fully usable without any issues.