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EA Announces Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 (PS2)

by Rainier on Oct. 24, 2001 @ 4:46 p.m. PDT

Engage in the Next Generation Thrill of Arcade Racing With the Spiritual Successor to the Highly Acclaimed, Award Winning Need For Speed III: Hot Pursuit for the PlayStation.

The cops are back... and better than ever! Need for Speed(TM): Hot Pursuit 2 for the PlayStation(R) 2 computer entertainment system builds upon the original Need for Speed III: Hot Pursuit's legacy by delivering a more intense, arcade racing experience on the next-generation game system. Moreover, the game stays true to the award-winning Need For Speed (NFS) heritage by delivering a stable of exclusive licensed exotics from the world's most coveted car manufacturers. Currently under development, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 for the PlayStation 2 console is scheduled for release by Electronic Arts in Spring 2002.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 will feature more than 20 of the most desired licensed exotics -- including Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche, to name a few -- rendered in crisp next generation detail complete with animated in-game drivers. The game will feature more than 12 unique courses, which provide the widest variety of driving challenges. In addition, the game will include a variety of open road environments that truly come to life, consisting of river crossings, waterfalls, beach surf, dusty paths and brush fires.

Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 will offer an array of unique gameplay features and modes, and as indicated by the name will challenge the driver to dodge traffic, evade police and natural elements in high speed and high style... true NFS style. The game's highly intuitive Artificial Intelligence for the opponents and the police will further immerse the player into the ultimate exotic car fantasy where they can drive these cars at their limit or get caught trying. Opponent racers and the police will have distinct and unique driving styles challenging the racer to learn arrest patterns in order to beat the cops and win the race. The NFS cops will also display different personalities that the racer will learn to recognize.

For added excitement, the player will be challenged to become the "Ultimate Road Racer" by winning numerous racing events, all carrying various rewards such cars, tracks, upgrades, paint jobs, game modes and Easter eggs. The game will also feature split screen multiplayer support.

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 for the PlayStation 2 is being developed by Black Box, a Vancouver-based development company. Electronic Arts, under the EA GAMES, will publish and distribute the game worldwide.

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