Criterion wants Hot Pursuit to be a social experience

By Joe Anderson, Tuesday, 22 June 2010 20:14 GMT


Criterion has said it wanted to get back to Need for Speed’s basics with Hot Pursuit, as well as adding a more social aspect to the racer.

Speaking with the EU PS Blog at E3, James Deverill and Doug McConkey chatted about some of the new features in the game, such as the multiplayer, which they both seem to be very excited about.

“Online multiplayer supports eight players, and one of the coolest things we’ve included, for me, is the way that you can have any combination of players; you can even have seven cops against one racer if you like,” said Deverill.

“This adds a lot of variety.”

Deverill also talked about the community and what he and the team are doing to help make Hot Pursuit one of the best around.

“We’re very excited about the way that Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit brings players together,” he added.

“Digital communication is at the heart of how people behave these days so, given that, we’ve included a social network in the game to connect, compare and compete.

“We call this the Need for Speed Autolog.”

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is accessible via the web and mobile phones.

“It can be a bit depressing to see a leaderboard and discover you’re ranked 10 millionth in the world, or something like that,” added McConkey, “so we’re looking to drive rivalry between friends foremost.”

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit is out on November 16 in the US, mainland Europe November 18, and in the UK on November 19.

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