EA announce Hot Pursuit 2
The PS2 needs another fancy pants racing game?
EA plans to revive the Need for Speed brand with Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 on PlayStation next Spring. The game is a sequel to one of the best-looking PC releases of last year, and it's a safe bet that the game will look delightful if nothing else. The team in charge of development is Vancouver-based Black Box Games. The team most recently responsible for NHL2K on Dreamcast and the NHL Hitz line-up on GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox, was also the team behind NASCAR 2001 on PlayStation, which I am told was the best game in that series for quite a while. It remains to be seen what these guys can do with a hot property like NFS, but they have plenty of backing. Amongst the 20 plus officially licensed sports cars are big names like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. The game will include several different modes spread across 12 realistic open-road racing courses. NFS: Hot Pursuit allowed gamers to take part in exhilarating cross-country races, hotly pursued as the name suggests by various parts of the law. According to EA's press spokesman, Hot Pursuit 2 will feature brand new adaptive AI and of course, sublime visuals. Unfortunately for EA, it will also arrive in light of Gran Turismo 3 and Project Gotham Racing, and that's the sort of competition that can make a big-name racer look shallow.